Thursday, July 14, 2005

You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!

From the Associated Press:

"BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- A woman has been arrested on child neglect charges after giving birth while drunk, police said. Melissa Irene Tanner, 37, is accused of having a blood alcohol content close to three times the legal limit when she gave birth to a baby girl on June 30.

She is being held in jail with bail set at $30,000 and the baby has been placed in foster care.
The baby was not breathing upon birth and had to be administered a medication to counteract any narcotics that may have been present in the child's system. After an emergency procedure by hospital staff, the child started breathing.

Tanner reportedly has six other children. According to a July 11 probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Tanner told police she and another person had consumed a case of beer."

This baby girl just got sucker-punched by life on her way out of the birth canal. Meanwhile, the Catholic League, Focus On the Family and other beacons of Dark Ages nostalgia are doing everything they can to limit access to birth control.

This is hitting the national news wires, Oklahoma. Stop letting James Dobson, William Donohue and their acolytes in Oklahoma's legislature and churches turn our society into a dystopian Margaret Atwood novel.


At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the Handmaid's Tale is right around the corner -- thanks to crazed hillbillies who advocate abstinence!

Your post typifies a hyperbolic, hyperventilated, fear-mongering worldview that views social conservatives as a monolithic and malignant miasma.

Steeped as you appear to be in the 21st century moral equivocations of the American left, your words give the impression of a childish someone who sees everything in the cliched terms of a tired "radical revolutionary."

I am not suggesting that those who oppose birth control are right -- for me, birth control seems a sensible alternative to the barbaric act of abortion.

But the the licentious, libertine worldview you apparently embrace is certainly not a societal path we should choose, either.

It is truly soul-sickening to witness anyone arguing that because a number of evangelical conservatives oppose the use of birth control and favor what they term "natural" family planning these same social critics are somehow responsible for the likes of Tanner -- a woman we might as easily find in those "enlightened" blue-state zones of San Francisco or New York as in supposedly benighted Oklahoma.

One could find such individuals almost anywhere. Even in places where the social safety net is firmly knitted in a weave that pleases the mandarin sensibilities of middle-class blue-state leftists wedded to mutated memes stemming from the mind of Karl Marx (in other words, the current and intellectually-exhausted American Democrat party).

Since you ridiculously suggest (completely out of the range of common sense and rational thought, I might add) that James Dobson and his ilk will lead us down a path into a postapocalyptic feudal state, one might as easily argue that your worldview will lead us into another dystopia foreseen by a different novelist: that cold, mechanized and utterly leftist horrific future of "Brave New World" proportions.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Auntie T said...

Who the hell was that?

Dude- get your own blog
and a sense of humor.


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