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.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Action Requested TODAY on Idaho Bill SB1387

Action Request
To those who Oppose Idaho Vaginal Ultrasound Bill SB1387 (formerly SB1349)

Flood of Public Comment Needed before Monday Morning (March 19th):
Please call or email the Senators and Senate leaders and send letters to newspaper editors in your communities TODAY!  Please be respectful and consider these talking points because they may resonate most at this point in time.

  • Now only criminals can have health care imposed on them (think blood alcohol or A.I.D.S tests for the incarcerated).
  • It will increase the cost of women’s health care, particularly for low-income women who might need to access a free clinic (ultrasound required) and then need to get a second (often vaginal) ultrasound from her doctor if she needs an abortion. 
  • The doctor who must submit the woman’s name to the State would be forced to violate patient privacy
  • It is hypocritical for a Party that professes to advocate for less government to promote unprecedented government intrusion into the private medical decisions of families and women.
  • Please be aware there are no exceptions for Rape or Incest or Accidents.

Next Steps:
The next opportunity for public comment will be when it reaches the House (probably next week). I will let you know those details so we can have another terrific turnout of committed and concerned citizens from all political persuasions!

As many of you may know, although your 4000 signatures were presented early during the meeting (with strong audience applause), the Bill was approved by the Senate Affairs Committee Wednesday (Republicans approved; Democrats opposed). It  is proceeding to the floor of the Senate for debate on Monday (no public testimony is heard at that time).

  --Susan C. Philley
8639 W. Atwater Drive
Boise, ID 83714
208-378-1714 h 208-340-9450 cell

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