The Nicole Sandler Show -- Clinic Closures and Weaponized Prayer (03/31/14)

Today, I jumped on with Nicole Sandler to talk about the Pro Life Action League targeting, clinic closures and violence against providers not being a thing of the past.

She put some solid show notes together along with the full podcast at: "Colbert, Christie, Climate, Christian hypocrisy". We also discussed the Religion Dispatches piece as well as David Cohen's great article for Talking Points Memo: "When Anti-abortion Harassment Gets Personal"

I don't plan to quit talking about this. If it's ok to target me with multiple posts, emails, internet memes, twitter harassment, etc. -- who exactly does the ProLife Action League consider to be off-limits? I'm not exactly a private citizen considering my public activism and media work, but I'm certainly not the highest profile pro-choice advocate or talking head in this country.

More media seems to be taking notice that anti-choice groups aren't limiting their targeting to slandering and threatening doctors. They're moved on to journalists and activists. This is not ok. Still waiting on the corporate media to wake up. (Yes, I'm aware that could be a long wait, but I'm not giving up.)

So, thank you to Nicole and other independent hosts/writers who understand the history and are appropriately outraged at the (at best) irresponsible behavior and rhetoric of the PLAL. Hopefully, it can shine a light on the behind the scenes destructive actions they've been engaged in since their public move to non-violence.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Purity Parade (03/22/14)

“Nanny State!” “Get your hands off my [insert anything here] !”

With the corporate/1% giveaways and the poking around in our bedrooms the GOP does and tries to do (over 200 anti-choice bills introduced ALREADY in 2014), it just gets increasingly silly to hear them upset about the “nanny state.” They’re not letting up.

Hal tackled the failing GOP “rebranding” effort on today’s show; I got to come on for the purity/sex police portion of the show. It is nice to give the ProLife Action League and other anti-choice groups more than one reason to find me “hard to like”.

I jumped in as Hal was doing is rant on legitimate sex as the GOP sees it:

You have a duty to the Motherland to make babies. And if you don’t do that, your relationship is less legitimate.

This, of course, is extremely out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Americans: "Poll: Majority Opposes Employer Exemption From Birth Control Mandate”. Not that that’ll stop them from trying whether or not the Hobby Lobby case goes their way.

I gave a nod to the disregard for law and order coming out of Georgia with the enhanced Stand Your Ground provisions: ”Georgia Legislators Think Felons Should Be Able To Shoot You" by <https://twitter.com/cliffschecter">Cliff Schecter.

This lead, obviously, to a discussion about “respect” and how conservatives think it should be earned Sopranos/Godfather style. Ya know, with machismo and blood lines. White, male blood lines.

And Hal couldn’t resist poking me with the Purity Ball documentary Nightline is doing. If you haven’t heard about purity balls and how fathers claim their daughters, presenting them to the Lord as chaste until they can be passed on to their husbands, well, you can imagine how I responded: “I may have done six or seven things today — and it’s 1pm in NYC — that the GOP/Purity Ball crowd thinks should be illegal…and may be in some places.”

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Dangerous Conversation -- PLAL Wanted Poster! (03/17/14)

As always, chatting with Ledge was fantastic. He squeezed me in on a busy Monday because of the PLAL wanted poster business and we talked the reality of anti-choice violence. (Yes, we managed to laugh and make it interesting.) This isn’t a long gone history, it’s happening now. If groups feel like they are free to target me, who exactly isn’t a target?

We wrapped up in time to chat BASEBALL and HOCKEY because it’s what we do. So, enjoy that new followers/listeners who thought I was all abortion all the time. And, because it’s the internet this is NSFW — Not Safe For Work — as I do tend to swear when I chat with Ledge. Not gonna lie, it’s one reason I do the show. (Not really, but do I appreciate a non-FCC outlet.)

Much thanks to Ledge for asking how people can support me (link below) and how they could push back against the PLAL. If you want, you can contribute to my Abortion Funds bowl-a-thon by donating in their name! Click here: High Roellers Team, NYAAF

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Category:Dangerous Conversation -- posted at: 12:35pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- "ProLifeActionLeague Targeting & My Refusal to Shut Up" (03/15/14)

The ProLife Action League made history with my face. Also that of an abortion provider and pro-choice journalist. We’re on what is essentially a wanted poster for all 40 days of Lent with dog whistle language like “notorious” and “pray for those involved with the culture of death.” Obviously, Hal was going to have me on to discuss it.

My friends Lizz Winstead & Dianna Anderson are quoted on my blog where I thank them for publicly calling out the PLAL’s use of prayer as a weapon. Also, the fantastic folks at Religion Dispatches covered their targeting campaign with the appropriate tone, history and interviews with PLAL head Eric Scheidler.

The piece — "For Love or Threat: Pro-Life Prayer Includes Names, Photos of Abortion-Rights Advocates” by Alana Massey — is remarkably balanced. Please visit their pages/feeds to comment and thank them. Highlights:

Or, in Scheidler’s view, “[Dr. Chastine] was rather naïve to think she could be this anonymous abortionist coming into Wichita, at George Tiller’s former practice of all places.” Reverend Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, doesn’t agree that God’s will is quite so self-evident. Campaigns like PLAL’s, with their use of names and photographs, are potential catalysts for harassment according to Reverend Knox. “Creating what looks like a wanted poster, then asking people to pray for those shown, is just hate in love's clothing.”

Those of you who’ve listened/followed Hal and I for a while, will remember when I became an official feminist menace — the first time the PLAL wrote about me. What’s enjoyable for those of us who think hypocrisy is important to avoid and rampant in anti-choice groups are the competing signals I’m getting from them.

The PLAL just can’t seem to decide with they want me to keep talking or renounce my wicked ways. First, they decry: I Want Katie Klabusich to Keep On Talking! complete with superlatives and a bastardization of my NOH8 photo, captioned "No, Katie! Don’t tape your mouth closed!” And now they want me to sit down, shut up, and renounce my wicked ways. Clearly, I’m not listening.

Perhaps you can help them understand why. Feel free to respectfully comment on their blog and Facebook page — which apparently is going to feature my face for the duration of Lent.

Today’s extra nod goes to producer Dennis, who honored my new “notorious” label (a long-time dog-whistle to the anti-choice fringe that “it’s totally cool if you hurt this person”) by playing Duran Duran's “Notorious” for my bumper music. Dennis, you are spectacular as always.

 

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — What Rape Culture? Maine Edition (03/01/14)

Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman is awful. Like, really, really awful. Blogger Mike Tipping put together a post of quotes pulled from the course of Lockman’s career about rape, the LGBT community and AIDS, and abortion. I know, you’re shocked to hear that some old white dude is anti-gay and anti-woman and anti-anyone-not-having-missionary-procreative sex within the confines of a marriage bed. Or that those deviating from his narrow thoughts on appropriate sexual behavior deserve whatever punishment they might get.

Hal and I went into more depth on our theories about GOP men not understanding consent or agency. Hal wonders aloud if Lockman has ever even had consensual sex. We toss some appropriate rage at the Alabama rapist sentenced to PROBATION for his third conviction as well ask, “What rape culture?”

Oh, and then there was this from Virginia state senator Steve Martin:

I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.

Robin Marty makes all kinds of points about why his rewrite was also awful: "Virginia Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women ‘Hosts,' and That’s a Good Thing”. And Feminsting said what I was thinking: "So, please, Sen. Martin, don’t hold back–keep telling us what you really think.”

I’ll give the real Steve Martin the final word:

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT
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