South Dakota, Anti-women Wars, NARAL and Big Box Blogs. (Updated)


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Smokin', baby, just smokin'

I do love me some blonde rage. Especially when it's pointed in the "right" direction.

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Posted by moiv on 8 March 2006 - 1:04am
Great piece of muckraking.

Great piece of muckraking. I especially like that shot of Ms. Unruh with Ed Meese, they all look like they're auditioning for a community theatre production of "Night of the Living Dead." And it turns out that this wonderful pro-lifer is actually interested in setting up some kind of baby mill that will enable her to get rich off of other people's miseries and mistakes. Despicable, but typical. I suppose we'll see a lot of this happening.

What's going on now with the Democrats reminds me of how Robert Strauss (a typical lobbyist with a fig-leaf law degree for respectability's sake) took over as chair of the Democratic National Committee, purged all the McGovern people, and set the stage for Jimmy Carter. Now I'll be the first to sing Carter's praises for his post-Presidential career, but it's been forgotten just how conservative he was when compared to the general run of Democrats in 1976, and the biggest blunder he made after getting the nomination was to go out of his way to alienate the Party's Congressional blocs and their allies in organized labor. By the time the election rolled around, with Ford surging from way behind, and Carter floundering, more than a few people started stage whispering that a Ford victory might not be such a bad thing. In retrospect, they were probably right. What brought about this state of affairs was the same thing we see today, an insistence that there is no position or principle we should not jettison if it makes victory possible. The problem with that thinking is that once you've won, how do you govern? People who stand around waiting for weathervanes to tell them what to do end up either doing nothing, or doing something that ends up being too little and too late.

OTOH, I really am delighted to see a certain someone get the house of his dreams. Bet there's a nice big room for the new computer he'll soon suggest his fan club provide him with as a housewarming gift.

Anyway, great piece.

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Posted by JJB (not verified) on 8 March 2006 - 2:33pm
Bush Admin Pushes Grabbing Babies From Poor Women So Wealthy Can


I am one voice joined with others finding their voices for the millions of Mothers and children of adoption wounds. Some have found their voices and some that haven't yet. I have held adopted persons and Mothers in my arms as they sobbed about the pain of being without each other. Many of us Moms are sick and or dying young from the grief of having our children taken from us by adoption brokers. Only in America will a community gather around a woman who's child has been kidnapped and offer validation for her pain and yet will tell a Mother and adopted person that has lost each other to coercion to be grateful for the act of separating them from each other. I have held many Moms and adopted while they sobbed about being hurt from adoption. There are cases where adopted persons and Mothers have committed suicide do to the trauma of adoption. Many adopted teens are in treatment centers. These are the truths you will seldom be told because adoption is very Politically correct now.

We are then told that times have changed. Well, Not really....There's is a push now by President Bush and some of his church-based adoption agencies to bring back the good old days when all a women needed to be was young, no family support and little to no social welfare programs in place to lose her baby to adoption.

Because now there are more choices for women and parental help the government is trying their best to take away those choices to make room for more adoption of infants to wealthy clients of adoption agencies.

First, welfare reform has caused more woman and children to fall into the worst poverty that we have seen in a long time, Second, they want to stop the choice of abortion. There's a real pebble in their shoe and it is what young women have today they didn't have and that is parental support. First our government, furthering the Republican agenda of baby selling baby in America, voted for "The Infant adoption awareness act." But what to do with those pesky parents/grandparents? The answer is HR 7 that would reintroduce "group homes for unwed mothers" We all know that thought control/coercion works best in a closed or non-existent support system. So, Can we say it's starting to look a lot like the 50's, 60's and even past there to some extent? Those of us that were sent away to the Prisons for unwed Mothers do not want to see those horrid places in anyway shape or form emerge again.

Under President Bush's watch we are witnessing going backwards not forward when it comes to the rights of woman and children. It is scaring the heck out of us Moms and many adopted persons that are the direct result of the baby scoop era. We are fearful for the young scared Moms that will fall prey to these adoption brokers. An adoption agency in Texas has just opened a new "campus "just before these bills were passed and President Bush is in tight with this agency. This Texas Adoption agency was saying they have a lot of open beds for pregnant Moms and then comes these bills? Does something smell? Also, one of the big agencies at the National Council for Adoptions has listed as a contact agency an agency that is a big, church run conservative institution.

I read the documents well before they deleted some of them and they stated that they need to focus on white babies because there isn't much of a demand for babies of color. Again, here's the 60's revisited. It was suggested that birth control be taught more to women of color. The reason I believe that many believed the testimony before Congress was because they didn't hear testimony from us Moms and our children about the harm done to us by being separated from each other. Remember these bills are not for the purpose of anything but to bring in more INFANTS. And in truth the government was promised a savings in tax monies although Bush just pushed the 10,000 dollar incentive to adopt, including infants, through. Just think what a single Mom could do with $10,000? Some may say well there are open adoptions now and I say many young Moms are coming forth saying they had never been told their contact could be slammed shut once the adoption became final. And that is exactly what happened. Interestingly, the agencies failed to inform the Moms of this

All we Moms and adopted children of adoption loss have is our truth and integrity. We don't have the money that the adoption brokers have. We have the resolve to fight for the rights of all women and children poor and middle class that Republicans have such a hatred for. And yet they have no problem taking their children to sell to their friends at the adoption agencies. We hope that our voices are heard for the sake of all women and children.

And we also need your help. Here are a few things you can do to help:

Write to your congressman/woman and tell them it is not OK to support the separating of Mothers and children for no reason other than they are poor. Ask them what they are doing to preserve familles? Write letters to the editors of your local paper informing parents/grandparents of the intent of our government into separating their children and grandchildren from them. Praise them for showing true family values by keeping their children/grandchildren close to them with love and support.

If you belong to a church or temple ask the congregation to embrace a young Mom and her child into fellowship not for the purpose of removing her child from her but in true support.

Last but Not least, we really need to restore a family friendly administration into office and vote out the Republican agenda of America being good for only the wealthy.

Linda Webber, Activist for the rights of Mother's and children to be free from adoption coercion.

Mentor for young Moms that are parenting their children

Wife, Mother of two sons and one reunited daughter

Grandmother of four children

Some interesting links

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Posted by Linda Webber (not verified) on 8 March 2006 - 7:50pm
Thanks so much for your comment...

In the 80s and 90s there were quite a few exposes of the "baby brokers" from the pre Roe era. With the hard right take over we will see less expose, I fear, and more of a return to the past.

I am so sorry for your suffering. and obviously Leslee Unruh has caused plenty of the very same suffering. Abusing women and forcing them to give up babies or taking advantage of hard times...

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Posted by Marisacat on 9 March 2006 - 3:18pm
Ms. Cat

The update photo did it. Had to register at this site. Wonderful and so on target.

Thanks and something you may enjoy:

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Posted by aemd on 9 March 2006 - 12:14pm
Hey hey aemd, Hello!

Glad you left a comment. When Madman passed along a really nice comment you made at LSF, I dropped an email to an address listed for you...

Glad you stopped by and happy that you read MG...

Take care... ;)

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Posted by Marisacat on 9 March 2006 - 3:13pm
I am a South Dakotan, a

I am a South Dakotan, a Unitarian Universalist, and a South Dakota NARAL board member. Thank you for being the first blogger-type to get it. Seriously.

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Posted by Anna (not verified) on 20 March 2006 - 9:18am
Anna, thank you for leaving a comment

and thanks to you for the steadfast work in SD. It has got to be hard.

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Posted by Marisacat on 20 March 2006 - 11:57am