Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Protect Access to Birth Control

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Time and time again, extreme anti-choice groups have put pressure on the Obama administration and won rollbacks on women's health care. Now these same groups are targeting women's access to contraceptives. 
Under the new health care law, the Department of Health and Human Services must decide which preventive services are to be covered by insurance companies at no additional cost.
On Tuesday, the well-respected Institute of Medicine concluded that contraceptives are critical to women's health, and recommended that they should be considered preventive health care.
But the final decision about the designation rests with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The medical community is strongly in support of access to birth control, with the president of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists saying that "unimpeded access to affordable contraceptives for all women is foundational."1
But the anti-women theocrats on the right are up in arms because they literally oppose birth control, and are demanding that Secretary Sebelius reject the findings of the medical community.
This small but vocal anti-contraception fringe is fighting to turn a medical decision into a political one. And they are trying to muddy the waters by turning this into a debate about abortion.
Without a strong public outcry in support of women's right to access birth control, the Obama administration could decide to side with the extremists once again and throw women under the bus.
Thank you for standing up for women's health.
Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets

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