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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Margaret Renkl: Whether you believe in climate change or not, living without access to electricity and safe drinking water is a public health emergency. Whether you need an abortion or not, living where it is difficult or impossible to obtain one is a public health emergency because clinics that provide abortions also provide crucial preventive care like mammograms and cervical cancer screening - services that will no longer be offered when those clinics close. Having more people carrying more guns into more public places is clearly a hair-on-fire public health emergency.

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For those of you keeping score at home, here is where things stand in the 2021 National Calamities Sweeps, Southern Division: In the ever-expanding Climate-Augmented Natural Disasters event, results cannot yet be tallied. Tennessee and North Carolina are both digging out from catastrophic flooding, while parts of Louisiana were flattened by Hurricane Ida, and most of New Orleans remains without electricity.

In the Utter Failure to Understand What "Pro-Life" Really Means tournament, normally a very close battle in the red states, Texas is currently uncontested: Its leaders just made it easier to carry a gun and harder to end an unwanted pregnancy in the same week.

Finally, in the Colossally Botched Medical Emergency competition, it's neck and neck across the region as Republican governors double down on efforts to block mask and vaccine mandates, along with every other pandemic-mitigation attempt made by people who are not allergic to science.

Every single one of these disasters is, at its heart, a public health emergency. And in every case our leaders have responded with disinterest and disinformation at best. In many cases they have worsened the emergency in every way imaginable.

Instead of trying to keep people safe during this pandemic, our leaders offer ludicrous platitudes on the subject of freedom. Freedom from what? is the real question. Freedom from death is surely at the top of anybody's priority list.

We need to take health and public safety out of the hands of Republicans because this is not a game, no matter how often the people running things down here may behave as though it is. There are no winners in the National Calamities tournament of 2021. Here in the South, especially, there are only losers.

What she said.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-07 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

What a bunch of hyperbolic nonsense.

#2 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-07 05:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

What a bunch of hyperbolic nonsense.

Translation: I ain't got jack to counter the facts - but I do employ a nuclear-powered gaslighting apparatus supported by America's enemies to keep our sheep unaware.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-07 07:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

Whether you need an abortion or not, living where it is difficult or impossible to obtain one is a public health emergency because clinics that provide abortions also provide crucial preventive care like mammograms and cervical cancer screening - services that will no longer be offered when those clinics close.

Fact, not hyperbole:

For years now, [Texas] has suffered from a maternal mortality crisis. The United States holds the highest maternal death rate in the developed world. But Texas' maternal mortality rate is above even the U.S. average, at 18.5 deaths per 100,000 live births. Black women in Texas are disproportionately affected, accounting for 11 percent of live births but 31 percent of maternal deaths.

Rather than addressing maternal mortality, Texas lawmakers have instead spent years decimating access to basic preventive health care. Those who suffer most from Texas' reproductive health policies are its most vulnerable - low-income, rural, undocumented women and women of color, who already face the steepest barriers to health care.

In 2011, conservative lawmakers slashed two-thirds of the state's family planning budget. As a result, more than 80 health care clinics closed - 25 percent of the state's family planning centers - while births to teenagers and abortions rose in the years that followed, as access to contraception and annual exams was drastically strained.

In 2013, state officials excluded 50,000 low-income Planned Parenthood patients from the Women's Health Program, a lifesaving Medicaid plan. This caused reduced access to birth control and an uptick in taxpayer-funded births (most likely unplanned) and 40 percent fewer patients served. After a five-year legal battle, state officials succeeded in kicking another 8,000 low-income Planned Parenthood patients off Medicaid.

While a 2013 Texas law that forced clinics to comply with medically unnecessary regulations was eventually struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, it succeeded in slicing in half the number of abortion clinics in the state. Today, there are only 21.

Facts Dinger, not hyperbole. And there are many more for every assertion made in the introductory paragraph if one chooses erudition over ignorance.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-07 07:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

What a bunch of hyperbolic nonsense.

#2 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER AT 2021-09-07 05:38 PM | FLAG:

Now THAT'S some good self-retorting, you hyperbolic dumb@ss.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-08 09:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

Given his penchant for hanging about with mouth-breathing anti-vaxxers, it would certainly be ironic if the Previous Guy were to pick up a dose of Covid-D and become either very sick, or even pass on, thus freeing himself from the shackles of this earthly vale of tears. Freedom would really ring throughout this land, with GOPers free to be their own men and women, and the majority of Americans free from the curse of collective mental illness...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2021-09-08 06:39 PM | Reply

"It's easy to finger-point and assign blame, and getting lathered up with opinions can be kind of fun. But digging out the truth would be better for all of us."

Allen Best

#7 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-09-08 06:58 PM | Reply

Just more evidence that we need to split into two countries. Democrats demonize America and have made it completely clear they do not like this country because of what it stands for. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that in any way. If enough people want to have a government that has its own values and foundation, they should be able to have it. The problem we have today is there is no ocean that can be crossed to start over. So that leaves willingly splitting the country into two before it happens unwillingly.

Democrats want a country that America isn't, which is obvious. And, honestly, it would be a lot better for them to get the chance to start that government from a fresh foundation instead of having to morph America's system into what they want. So they should start their own country with the utmost respect and help from America. The United States is no longer united and there is nothing that indicates it ever will be again.

"Facts Dinger, not hyperbole."

Well, let's see here..."while births to teenagers and abortions rose in the years that followed, as access to contraception and annual exams was drastically strained." Well, the "as access to contraception and annual exams was drastically strained" is indeed hyperbole. How do you know the access was drastically strained? Just because you take away one vector doesn't mean there aren't many others...and what does "drastically" mean? If hyperbole means exaggeration, saying words like "drastically" is about as hyperbolic as you can get.

"a lifesaving Medicaid plan." Well, that's hyperbole, which is why they don't actually give any facts to support that stance and only give facts of the exclusions (which is not hyperbole). But hyperbole still exists in that statement. What does "lifesaving" mean? I mean, stopping illegal immigrants from crossing the border can be considered lifesaving since there has been at least one death of an America citizen by an illegal immigrant (there have been many more but only need one to prove my point).

I'm not arguing with what you have highlighted. I tend to agree with some of it. But not knowing the difference between facts and hyperbole is the problem. And it's a problem most partisan haters have when it comes to trying to spread their hate of the other party.

Also, if you care so much about facts, then why does your party ignore the facts that don't agree with your stances? It's not bad that people have facts, it's just bad that when one party brings up facts, the other party either ignores them or deflects. This happens daily, many many times daily, by both parties. So why be a hypocrite?

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2021-09-09 01:11 PM | Reply

Just more evidence that we need to split into two countries.

Why do people keep up with that stupidity? It's not going to happen. Ever.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-09-09 01:14 PM | Reply

#8 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE AT 2021-09-09 01:11 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Shut the Pf up, loser.

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-09 01:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I see Humtake has wandered through with his daily lunchtime expectorations. Let's examine today's phlegm.

How do you know the access was drastically strained?

The answer was right before the quote you cherry-picked in obliviousness to the facts which preceded it:

80 health care clinics closed - 25 percent of the state's family planning centers - while births to teenagers and abortions rose in the years that followed,...
Only a moron would claim that the forced closing of 80 health care clinics - 25% of Texas' family planning centers - is not a "drastic" measure. In a state as large as Texas losing access to 1/4 of these clinics is the very definition of drastic for the thousands upon thousands of women negatively affected by their closing.

"a lifesaving Medicaid plan." Well, that's hyperbole,

Not in the least. Again, the details are right in the article.

In 2013, state officials excluded 50,000 low-income Planned Parenthood patients from the Women's Health Program, a lifesaving Medicaid plan. This caused reduced access to birth control and an uptick in taxpayer-funded births (most likely unplanned) and 40 percent fewer patients served.
Now combine this with Texas' maternal mortality rate:
Texas' maternal mortality rate is above even the U.S. average, at 18.5 deaths per 100,000 live births. Black women in Texas are disproportionately affected, accounting for 11 percent of live births but 31 percent of maternal deaths.
Texas women DIE because of childbirth. Reducing their access to needed care DOES INDEED exacerbate deaths, making any efforts to widen access to care for poorer, underserved mothers truly "lifesaving." Not hyperbole, it's common deductive sense.

I'm not arguing with what you have highlighted.

Yes you are, and you're dead wrong. All the information is right there before you and you want to argue what qualifiers the author decided to use. Drop the qualifiers, and what do you have? Raw facts based on statistical analysis.

Also, if you care so much about facts, then why does your party ignore the facts that don't agree with your stances?

I don't answer for any party, I discuss issues and what I feel are germane and important points about them. To my knowledge, I don't recall arguing against documented facts. I accept contradictory facts as much as I do complimentary ones as long as they're documented and deemed accurate. Perhaps you should give it a try.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-09 02:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Just more evidence that we need to split into two countries. Democrats demonize America and have made it completely clear they do not like this country because of what it stands for.
#8 | Posted by humtake

Your stupid cult thinks you ARE america. You're not.

Democrats demonize actual DEMONS - people who take from the poor to give to the rich. People who tell lies and help roast the climate. People who tell lies and help spread a pandemic. People who tell lies and try to destroy democracy.

The cult that has done those things has earned all the demonization they get because they behave like demons.

So stop crying about how people should be nicer to you while you're ruining lives on a mass scale.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-09 05:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

While they scream about 'choice.' A thing they don't want women to have.

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-09-09 07:59 PM | Reply

You know, it would serve the governor and legislature right if a Texas woman who lost her fetus due to inadequate prenatal care brought lawsuits against all of them under the new law, claiming that her loss was an abortion to which they personally directly contributed to by closing off her avenues to convenient and timely care services.

I bet the jury wouldn't be out for 15 minutes before they came back with both a verdict and a substantial award.

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-09 08:24 PM | Reply

The above are just more reasons why I'll opt for NEVER visiting any of the states of the former Confederacy. I'll continue to cocoon in my Yankee home, thank you so vary much.

#15 | Posted by john47 at 2021-09-10 09:31 AM | Reply

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