Planned Parenthood

Abortion Ruling Wipeout


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Ever watch that game show Wipeout where contestants have to go through humiliating and extremely difficult physical obstacle courses to win the prize? The players are always getting knocked down, punched in the face, and knocked into a great big muddy pool. It’s a really cool show to watch if you’re drinking in a bar and the bartender won’t change the channel. Nobody watches that kinda stuff at home, or anything on that TruTV channel.

I drew a cartoon similar to this a few years ago that’s somewhere deep in my archives. There was an obstacle in front of an abortion clinic and I believe there were rattlesnakes and barbwire among the hazards.

Ever since the Supreme Court ruled abortion constitutional in 1973 Republicans have been trying to find ways to circumvent a woman’s right to choose, especially in red states.

Some of the obstacles they’ve constructed have been no public funding, no coverage of insurance, state-mandated counseling, licensed physicians, waiting periods, and making a girl call mom and dad.

Texas got real creative. They created a law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. These laws were closing clinics thus making fewer of them in the state and forcing women to driver farther from home, sometimes to another state, to get an abortion. Republicans claim these laws are for women’s health. Republicans being concerned about women’s health is laughable.

States can not enact laws creating undue burdens on women seeking abortions. That’s exactly what the Supreme Court, even with a vacancy the
Republican Senate refuses to fill, ruled Texas guilty of doing. Several other states have also made ridiculous laws on abortion and we can expect many of those to be struck down soon.

Republicans love to create obstacle courses for abortion, minorities registering to vote, immigration, getting on welfare, poor kids eating lunch, etc. The only issue it seems they want a clear path toward is buying a gun.

I think there should be Wipeout obstacle courses for Republicans before they can enact ridiculous laws. If nothing else it would be amusing to see them land in the mud. Wallowing in the mud is where they are the most comfortable.

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Another Tablet Sketch: Carly Loves Ted


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I made a comment yesterday about Carly Fiorina endorsing Ted Cruz. It was regarding how Fiorina and Ted have run the two most dishonest presidential campaigns this year….so far. Listen to both their comments regarding Planned Parenthood. Egad the lies!

A reader told me she felt a cartoon was coming on the subject. I told her there wasn’t. Carly isn’t really cartoon-worthy anymore. Not at this point anyway. But she and Ted are both worth some drawing practice on the tablet. I mean, look at those faces!

Do you know what the thing is about drawing on a tablet? It’s not so much getting used to the size of the screen, the drawing program, or the stylus. It’s getting used to drawing on glass that’s on top of paper. It’s like drawing with the tip of your pen a quarter of a centimeter above your canvas while you feel like you’re making contact. Yeah, that’s still screwing with me. But I am loving the way the colors are meshing like a real painting. I am hoping to add this technique to my “official” cartoons in the future, after this old dog learns the new trick. Though it will probably add to the time it takes to color a cartoon.

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Planned Targeting


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The Center For Medical Progress created a sting operation and videos as bogus as their name. Their accusations that Planned Parenthood was selling and profiting from body parts of aborted children turned out to be a total lie and cleared by eleven state investigations. A Houston grand jury was the latest investigation and instead of delivering indictments on Planned Parenthood, they dished them out to David Daleiden, the head of the faker organization, and one of his colleagues, Sandra Merritt, on a felony charge for using fake driver’s licenses to gain access to a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. Daleiden was also indicted on a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs; Planned Parenthood says it turned down an “astronomical amount” offered by Daleiden to procure fetal organs.

Karma.

Daleiden uses the defense that he uses the same tactics as journalists. Wrong. Journalism is not about presenting misinformation, no matter what the right wing believes (except on Fox News. There it will get you your own show). It’s also not about activism.

Daleiden’s agenda is to destroy Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately for him Planned Parenthood is operating within the law so to turn public opinion away from supporting the PP, he made stuff up. The majority of Americans support government funding for PP. If you’re a realist, even if you’re anti-choice, you would realize that PP actually decreases the amount of abortions in this country.

If you’re right and your argument is just and valid, then you shouldn’t have to lie. That’s the journalism part Daleiden doesn’t understand. If he gets locked up then he’ll plenty of time to think about it. Maybe he can share a cell with the guy who was so inspired by his videos that he shot up a clinic in Colorado.

Despite the indictments and the many investigations that have cleared PP, several presidential candidates are continuing with the lie. The most egregious being Carly Fiorina (who lies about EVERYTHING) and abducted children for an anti-choice speech and photo-op. Joining her in the lying liars club is Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz. Maybe Planned Parenthood will look into suing these people for slander and defamation. I think they have a case.

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Planned Background Checks


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I’m not saying if you are against abortion that you’re too crazy to own a gun. There are a lot of rational people out there who think abortion is wrong. A lot of people live in a gray area, while being personally opposed to abortion they don’t believe it should be illegal.

I’m talking about the militant “pro life” people. The kind of person that would stand outside a clinic and scream “slut” and “murderer” at someone who is making the toughest decision of their life. The type of person who can’t talk about a shooting at a clinic without making a reference to murdered babies. These are terrible people who are not rational, can’t comprehend, and probably shouldn’t be allowed to own a squirt pistol. Don’t believe how just utterly horrible these people are? Go to Youtube and watch a few protests outside abortion clinics. If you have any sort of decency you won’t be able to finish watching. It’s very sickening.

It starts from the top up. Cheryl Sullenger “was” a terrorist. She’s a convicted felon. In 1998 she pleaded guilty to conspiring to blow up an abortion clinic. Today she’s the senior policy advisor for Kansas-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. While working for the group in 1999 she provided the court dates of physician George Tiller to Scott Roeder, who then assassinated Tiller.

Troy Newman is the head of Operation Rescue. Newman wrote in his book “that the United States government’s responsibility to “properly deal with the blood-guilty … rightly involves executing convicted murderers, including abortionists, for their crimes in order to expunge bloodguilt from the land and people.” The guy was deported from Australia for being, Australian authorities said, “a threat to good order.” Fortunately for him, this is America. We don’t have good order.

Newman has endorsed Ted Cruz. Cruz, meanwhile, says the suspected shooter of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood is a “transgender leftist activist.”

Carly Fiorina, who helped spread the lies that PP was harvesting dead babies, wails that the left is now attacking the pro life movement over the shootings. The pro life people say we don’t know the shooter’s motives. Yeah, it’s real hard to figure out the motive of someone who walks into a Planned Parenthood clinic, start shooting the place and then tell two police officers afterward “no more body parts.” We’re still scratching our heads over his intentions.

The body parts thing he’s referring to are the videos made by a pro life group. The videos are deceptively edited to make it appear PP is harvesting babies and making money from it. The videos have been proven, exhaustively, to be false and chock full of lies. Still, pro life people claim they’re real. Republicans in Congress want hearings over it. Never mind that seven states have conducted investigations because of the videos and all seven have cleared PP.

In the four months following the release of the videos, there have been at least four suspected arsons of abortion clinics and at least five cases of vandalism. The FBI has also reported an increase in the number of attacks on reproductive health care facilities across the country since the videos were released. On top of all this, anti-choice groups name clinic workers on their websites. It works kinda like Sarah Palin’s cross hair map of Democrats.

Since 1995, there have been a total of 5,147 violent incidents recorded at US abortion clinics, not including 2015. They include 922 reported incidents of vandalism, 663 anthrax or bioterrorism threats, 354 stalking incidents and 204 reported death threats. And yet, Republicans don’t want to call these people terrorists.

That’s why these people can’t be trusted. They spread hateful rhetoric, call people who are in a lawful practice “murderers, and when violence increases they act confused and say they’re not complicit. They even have the gall to play victim. Meanwhile, conservatives rage that Al Sharpton, President Obama and Black Lives Matter is encouraging people to shoot cops. Go figure.

The mentally challenged should not be allowed to own weapons. The militant “pro life” people, I’m not sure they should even be let outside…or run for president.

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Shooting Colorado


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If I had much better business sense I wouldn’t draw this cartoon at this time. Being that it’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving this will be one of the first editorial cartoons on the issue. I should draw the Rocky Mountains crying and that cartoon would be reprinted in USA Today. Really.

Maybe I’m jumping, no pun intended, the gun. We don’t know the shooter’s motives. Yes he went into a Planned Parenthood clinic and started shooting. But there are other establishments in the vicinity. Perhaps he had a vendetta against Super Cuts. If I am wrong I will call myself out on this blog.

A gunman went into a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic Friday and had a six hour standoff with police. One police officer and two civilians were killed. Four other police officers and five civilians were injured. The suspect eventually surrendered and is now in custody.

Every time a policeman is shot the talking heads at Fox News says the Black Lives Matter movement is complicit. Whenever there’s violence at an abortion clinic then it’s just a lone lunatic.

The “pro life” crowd is full of lunatics. They don’t seem to have morals or ethics when it comes to furthering their agenda. Lying is acceptable, as Carly Fiorina and others have proven. Spreading lies that PP is harvesting dead children, calling them murderers, and saying they’re engaging in a holocaust is not engaging into a civil debate. Neither is standing outside a clinic screaming at people who are making the most difficult decision of their lives. Operation Rescue’s leadership includes a member who’s a convicted felon who attempted to bomb an abortion clinic. The same group posted a doctor’s home and church address on their website before he was murdered.

Four abortion clinics have been targets for arson this year alone.

An antiabortion group conducted a sting operation and secretly filmed Planned Parenthood clinics. The videos were presented as evidence PP was breaking laws and selling aborted fetuses body parts and making profits from the sales. The videos have all be proven to be doctored. Seven states have investigated PP and every single one has found them innocent of all the accusations. Still, Republican candidates are spreading the lies and Congress wants hearings on PP, not the group that made the videos.

The pro life crowd is pretty quiet over the shooting. If the shooter was a black guy or a Muslim they would have made a LOT of noise by now for more guns, profiling and limits on immigration. It’s really too bad for them the shooter is a white guy.

None of the fourteen Republican political candidates, as of this writing, have expressed anything about the shooting. A lot of pro life people have actually expressed support for the shooter. A “friend” of mine actually wrote “yawn” in response to the coverage of the shooting and followed it up with an argument of how many babies have been aborted. These are truly horrible people. The people who express so much concern over terrorism sure are quiet and even supportive of it sometimes.

The label “pro life” is being seriously abused.

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A Stake On Planned Parenthood


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I don’t really like to depict women as witches. But what else am I supposed to do when there’s a witch hunt? Besides, conservatives love to depict Hillary Clinton as a witch so let them enjoy these apples.

Congress has the wrong guy. Planned Parenthood has been cleared of wrongdoing by seven investigations. The videos taking aim at PP has been proven to be a hoax. Planned Parenthood is not selling body parts, they’re not in the abortion for profit business, and abortion is still legal. Yet they’re the one’s being investigated.

The anti abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress (HA!) is connected to Operation Rescue which is affiliated with people who have committed violence against doctors and abortion clinics. You know, affiliated with terrorists. Yet, Republicans want to follow their lead.

The videos are fake.

Carly Fiorina is a liar.

At Tuesday’s Congressional hearing, the republicans even had to pull out graphs with bogus information supplied by an anti-abortion group (and claimed they got it from Planned Parenthood’s books).

Now tell me, who really needs to be investigated?

If you’re going to shut the government down can you at least do it over something factual? It doesn’t matter how many times a Republicans says it’s true (they’re chopping up babies, selling body parts, breaking the law), it doesn’t make it true.

Stop wasting our time. Stop wasting our money. Do your freaking job and leave those alone who aren’t breaking the law. Investigate the Center for Medical Progress.

Carly Describes Another Video


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People who suffer cognitive dissonance are hard to figure out. They believe stuff that’s not true, even after it’s proven and pointed out to them. They’re still all “uh-uh.”

They believe Obama is a coming for their guns, he’s gone on an apology tour, he’s Muslim and wasn’t born in America. You can’t convince them the United States is not invading Texas, Obamacare has not installed death panels, Sharia Law is not being implemented, Eric Clapton did not write I Shot The Sheriff.

Don’t get them started on Climate Change.

Over the past few months the big lie are the videos of Planned Parenthood, which supposedly proves Planned Parenthood is chopping up dead babies and selling them to make a profit.

Now Republicans want to defund PP, despite the fact that abortion only accounts for three percent of it’s services and that government funds do not pay for abortion.

Despite the videos proven to be heavily edited, deceptive and pushing a lie, conservatives are still promoting them and using them for their argument. They’re even using these as their basis to try to shut down the government, again.

During Wednesday’s debate candidate Carly Fiorina wowed everyone with her performance, and she did a good job. She lied but but she did so convincingly. She went into great detail to describe a fetus taken out of a womb, and while its legs were still kicking a PP worker talked discussed keeping the baby alive so they can harvest the brain.

Yeah, nothing like that is in any of the 12 plus hours of these videos. Yet, Carly doesn’t have a problem being a liar. It was even pointed out to her by journalists that this scene is not in any of the content. She insisted it is and continues with her argument. This is like trying to convince someone roosters don’t lay eggs.

Having an opinion is fine. But there’s a difference between opinion and fact. If you’re anti choice, that’s fine, but I wonder how strong is your belief in your cause if you can’t stick to the truth. You have a weak argument if you need lies to advance your agenda.

I understand. You don’t think it’s a lie. It’s been proven as a lie, but you still believe in the lie. You probably have a bigger problem than being a liar. You might be a lunatic.

Now another one of them is running for president.

Utah Stomps On Planned Parenthood


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Utah’s governor Gary Herbert is trying to defund Planned Parenthood because of all those sneaky (probably illegal) videos made by the Center For Medical Progress. That’s an odd name for a group trying to restore back-alley-clothes-hanger abortions.

These videos are smearing Planned Parenthood and trying to mislead the public. Never mind the fact PP is not doing anything illegal. Five states, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, South Dakota, and Massachusetts, have already ruled that PP is clear of any wrongdoing (chew on that). You won’t read that at Breitbart. Another thing you won’t read at right wing troll sites is that the Center For Medical Progress receives funding from Operation Rescue which has an ugly history of being connected to violence against abortion clinics and doctors.

Being anti abortion is fine. That’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it. Spreading false information is not fine. It’s disgusting and irresponsible. It’s especially disgusting if you’re elected to serve the public or you work in the media. It’s revolting for journalists to engage in lying. Yes, if you’re in the opinion game in the media, talking head, editorial writer, columnist or even political cartoonist, you’re a journalist.

If you have information that doesn’t help your argument then you tend to ignore it. To ignore it and keep spreading lies is a violation of ethics and it makes you a liar. Unfortunately too many appear not to have any ethics and they don’t have a problem being a liar. I know ethics is something some “journalists” don’t think about but guess what, you’re supposed to have them (I’m willing to venture that the publications that run your work actually have ethics policies. You should look into it). If you have to lie to support your argument then you have a weak argument.

I think what really infuriates me is that lying to support your cause works. It’s been working for a long time. Republicans have been doing it effectively for a long time. It helps their base is stupid. But it does work. Ask Joseph Goebbels.

Here’s the rough.

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Little Snot Machine


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You never hear the Pro Life crowd cry about poor children starving. They don’t think the government should fund their school lunch. They want to cut education (so they stand a chance to be as dumb as they are). They definitely do not want them to have sex education in schools. They don’t want them to have insurance if the government has to assist. They’re in favor of stripping welfare away from a child if the father smokes marijuana. They don’t want the government do anything for that kid. They don’t even want to give kids in poverty cheese. Cheese! Have you seen school cheese? It’s almost a punishment forcing that upon kids.

If the kid is still in the womb then they’re all caring. It’s all they talk about. They don’t talk about what happens after the child is born. I guess it’s the Christian thing to care about a fetus but not the child. Of course in the Bible children were sacrificed so maybe it is the Christian thing to do.

They’re all about taking away funding from Planned Parenthood. Never mind the fact that abortions only account for 3% of what Planned Parenthood does. And never mind the fact that Planned Parenthood prevents a LOT of abortions and that federal funding does not pay for abortions. Hell, never mind the fact that Planned Parenthood is not harvesting fetus body parts for profit. These prolife wingnuts are so adamant about killing funding for Planned Parenthood that they’ll shut down the government over it.

Do an experiment on your own. Go to one of your Pro Life wingnut friend’s Twitter or Facebook account (Make sure you’re sober when you do this or you won’t be able to stomach the stupid, get angry and leave all sorts of smack talk and you’ll wake up to 128 notifications on your cell phone). Scroll back a few weeks and count how many times they have posted a meme or update on anything to do with abortions or Planned Parenthood. Now count how many times they’ve posted something out of concern for a living child. Don’t waste your time scrolling too far down past all the Jesus, Ann Coulter, and Ben Carson memes looking for that second thing because you’re not going to find it.

The good news about these people are that they are easily outsmarted. They’re not rational and they don’t have a grasp for reality so it should be easy to beat them at election time. Look at their presidential candidates. They believe one of these guys is going to win the presidency. The bad news is that there are so many of them, they lie, they spread misinformation, and they vote.

If men could get abortions there would be huge advances in science to prevent pregnancies and there would be safer abortions. There would not be any men against abortion, unless they’re fertile. There would be morning after Red Bull and Five-Hour Energy Abortion drinks and they would come in assorted flavors. Abortions would be sold at 7-11. They would have a Big Gulp-Big Bite-abortion special.

Off The Blood Of Dead Children


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I was talking to a friend last week and he mentioned how he always respects opinions he disagrees with. I think that’s really big of him. I don’t.

If your opinion is supported by lies, and the truth has been published repeatedly, yet you still cling to the lie then I don’t feel any responsibility to have to respect your choice to be an ignorant dumbass.

Planned Parenthood has been attacked a lot lately. An anti-choice group keeps secretly video taping meetings with members of Planned Parenthood, then they distribute heavily edited copies of the videos. Today nutjobs believe Planned Parenthood is selling dead baby body parts and making a huge profit from it. No they are not. They’re not even selling body parts.

Members of Congress are now using these lies in an attempt to take funding away from Planned Parenthood.

Here are some facts anti-choice fanatics don’t want to know, believe or they just stick their fingers in their ears when it’s brought up and sing “la-la-la-la-Jesus-la-la-la-la:”

Federal money does not pay for abortions. Abortions only account for 3% of what Planned Parenthood does. Because of Planned Parenthood there are fewer abortions. Planned Parenthood mostly works to keep people, especially teenagers, from unwanted pregnancies. Any tissue from an abortion that is used for medical science has to be donated by the patient. Planned Parenthood does not make money on this. La-la-la-la-Jesus-la-la-la-la.

Here’s where conservatives are hypocrites:

They’re all about privacy unless the organization being videotaped is a liberal group. They’re all about privacy unless it’s a woman’s body. They’re all about a child unless it’s actually born and then they fight against feeding and educating that child. They don’t want anyone to get an abortion but they don’t want sex education in schools telling kids what exactly makes them pregnant.

Trust me on the fact there are people out there that aren’t sure what causes pregnancy. Some people are that stupid. Did you know there is a recall of single cheese slices right now because some idiots are eating the plastic? I gave an unwrapped slice to my Beagle yesterday to see if he was smart enough to remove the plastic and guess what. He removed the plastic. If there are people out there who don’t know how to unwrap a slice of cheese then there are those who don’t know how to wrap a penis.

So yeah, there’s a lot of people out there I don’t feel the need to respect. If you have read about the facts on Planned Parenthood and you continue to spread the lies (I’m looking at you nutjob conservative cartoonists), then you’re not just a liar, you’re an unethical, despicable Santorum. Yeah, go Google another definition for “Santorum.” You’re gonna love it.

And you should probably stop eating cheese.