Skepchick Quickies 7.18

  • Bush administration pushing forward “conscience clause” regulations–  These would allow health care workers to deny birth control services without any repercussion.  They would also, “… deliberately confuse the definitions of contraception and abortion, which also make it more difficult for women to obtain birth control.”  So put your Reps and Senators on speed dial and tell them that you think women should be treated as people, not walking brainless wombs.
  • Monkey-squirrel-rodent thing at Denver zoo! – Or, it’s an aye-aye.  Elyse says, “transitional species + evil omen + middle finger = sign from God that he didn’t design a damn thing”
  • The periodic table of videos– You’re only allowed to waste your Friday on these videos once you’ve called your Congresspeople, though.  I think being taught science by someone with big crazy hair makes it easier to understand.
  • The stupid continues– Imagine that, the media getting sucked into antivaccinationist propaganda and calling it “investigative reporting.”


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. The Monkey/Squirrel/Rodent link is the same as the first… can you erase this comment when you fix it?

  2. Durnett, I was tempted, but I decided to relent. Aye ayes are pretty cute and I figure after the first link, everyone needs a little cuteness to bring down their blood pressure. After they’ve contacted their Congresspeople. ;)

  3. “Funny” how in Exodus 21:22 it states that if a man causes a woman to miscarry he should be fined. If the bible thought destroying an fetus was murder, you’d think the man would be killed as punishment, but apparently he is only to be killed if the woman dies in the assault. The old testament sounds like it serves as a “backup bible” that you can pull verses from when it confirms your beliefs (on homosexuality for example) or ignore totally without consequence when it does not.

    Anyway, it looks like this Health and Human Services proposal is still in the draft stage. From what I know of their voting history I think my state’s senators will vote the right way on this, but unfortunately my district’s representative (Republican Roscoe Bartlett – MD) voted for the Right to Life act and supports the loathsome “conscience clause”, I doubt I could persuade him. I would personally prefer to wait until this proposal becomes official before I write to my senator (can’t call… I’m no good on the phone), but if you think it would be better to go ahead and write now then I will do what I must.

  4. I’m sure my rep/senators will already be opposed to this. Washington is one of the few states where the pharmacy board has a must-fill policy. Unfortunately, it’s currently being tried in court and not doing so well. But I fired off an email anyway. Thanks for the heads-up.

  5. You know, every time I’m convinced that nothing could possibly make me think less of the Bush administration, something like this comes up. I will be writing my, and several other peoples’, congressmen about this…

  6. johnea13 – It DOES look like that little rodent thing from “Dead Alive” doesn’t it?

  7. “I think being taught science by someone with big crazy hair makes it easier to understand.”

    And a couple of snickering, chortling lab assistants dropping chunks of sodium into buckets of doesn’t hurt either. Something about the combination of the glottal stops and the laughing made me think of a British Beavis & Butthead. Funny stuff!

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