The blogger RivkA (Rivka bat Teirtzel), who has been dealing with cancer for many years with grace and strength, is not doing terribly well.
Please read about it here.
If you are inclined to say Tehilim (Psalms) for her, there is a signup here. (I think it started yesterday; all the prakim are covered, but extra cannot hurt.)
If you’re not, there is still plenty you can do in her merit–and your own. For a heartfelt essay on this subject, please see here.
On a completely unrelated topic, my friend Shanna pointed me in the direction of DovBear’s post on a proposed amendment to Colorado’s constitution. The gist is to get the state of Colorado to recognize “personhood” from the second of conception. The amendment, with which I disagree on pretty much all points, has now been followed up by a horrifying ad in support of it, which literally casts a U.S. President in the part of Satan and accuses almost every latter-half-of-the-20th century lawmaker and jurist as the enemy. (Ok, perhaps an exaggeration. But when Nixon (RICHARD! NIXON!) is implied to be aligned with the Left, perhaps things are a touch…skewed?)
I spun myself into a tizzy over this. Regardless of how people feel about abortion, whether or not it should be legal, with what kinds of restrictions, et cetera, wresting control of women’s bodies from women and turning them into vessels to bear babies (though only if you can conceive without too much assistance because IVF is oh so very sticky for them) seems somehow BAD FOR WOMEN. Banning the Pill (which, as Shanna pointed out, is sometimes prescribed for medical reasons and not to prevent pregnancy) and IUDs seems a little too “Hey, look, there’s the Colorado state legislature in my uterus!” for me. Sorry.
NOBODY HAS READ THE HANDMAID’S TALE????
Perhaps try it. Then get back to me. (If this kind of “amendment” is going to get proposed, MY proposal is to make that book required reading to get a high school diploma or GED.)
I proceeded to froth at the mouth all over Twitter (you can follow my feed from the box on the right-hand side of this page) and Facebook over this. At midnight or so.
One of my Facebook friends (we went to high school together in super liberal Montgomery County, Md.) now lives in Colorado and pointed out that this type of ballot measure has come up before (in 2008)–and was roundly defeated. But also that many of these self same people who are behind the push to give full human rights to zygotes will often be first in line to DENY human rights to actual adult people with whom they disagree…gay people, for instance.
Rachel Maddow has some smart, rational, and funny words in response.
(PS If Rachel Maddow is the Queen of England, I’m going to have to recommend that she invest in some kicky hats.)