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The War on Women

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, so it should come as no surprise that I find myself in agreement with Barack Hussein Obama on an issue during this campaign. I find the war on women appalling.

Things like this make me want to scream:

A young woman had her head chopped off for refusing to prostitute herself - and one of the killers was her mother-in-law, police say.

The other was the mother-in-law's cousin. And both admit it, according to Afghan police.

To most people, the slaying of 20-year-old Mah Gul is unimaginable.

But it's just "one more incident that highlights the violent atmosphere that women and girls face in Afghanistan and the region," Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said Thursday.

The killing happened Sunday in Herat province, in southwest Afghanistan along the Iranian border.

Gul's husband is a baker. When he left home for work, his mother and her cousin tried to force the young wife into prostitution, said Noorthan Mikvad, spokesman for Herat police.

When she wouldn't do it, they beheaded her, he said.

That is simply inhumane.

But when that war is waged on little girls, that's when I know that we must act.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A 14-year-old Pakistani student who won international acclaim for speaking out for girls barred from school by the Taliban was critically wounded Tuesday by a gunman who boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, aimed his pistol at her head and fired, officials said.

The Pakistani Taliban asserted responsibility for the attack on ninth-grader Malala Yousafzai, who gained notice in early 2009 when she wrote a diary about Taliban atrocities under a pen name for the BBC’s Urdu service.

Educating women is considered an affront to sharia by Islamic Fundamentalists, so Malala's shooting may serve to fully illustrate what Barack Obama meant with this statement before the United Nations this past September 25th:

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

Thank God for Madonna, and her courageous stance for women's rights, and her support of Malala's cause.

At a concert in Los Angeles last week, Madonna paused to reflect on a "serious" moment. "This made me cry," Madonna said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realize how sick that is?"

When it was time for the nightly striptease, Madonna revealed a new "tattoo": "MALALA."

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But nowhere does the war on women take on a more more vile aspect than in China, where nearly a million female fetuses are aborted, and tens of thousands of female children go missing yearly as a result of China's enforcement of the nation's official family planning one-child policy:

A seven-month pregnant mother in China was recently beaten and forced to abort her unborn daughter, according to human rights groups. A graphic image of the aborted baby lying next to the mother has been posted on the Web.

"The baby was lifeless, and she was all purple and blue," said Feng Jianmei. It was her second child.

"Feng Jianmei's story demonstrates how the One-Child Policy continues to sanction violence against women every day," said Chai Ling, founder of All Girls Allowed. "We learned that family planning officials in Jianmei's region are launching a campaign of forced abortions this month. They received a lower grade from the government because of 'over-quota' births, and Jianmei's story shows us how they plan to respond. Unfortunately her family was the first to receive the 'opening of the knife.'"

Americans should be ashamed to allow things like the Republican Party and Walmart security cameras to wage war on our women by denying them free access to contraceptives, something akin to sharia law, according to Chris Matthews

We should be better than that as a nation. We should never allow our young women to bear the burden of providing for themselves the thousands of dollars per year of contraceptives and flavored lubricants needed to graduate from our Ivy League universities and other centers of higher education out of their own pocket. If nothing else, they should be allowed to rip those unborn fetuses out of their womb in a far less intrusive way, and in the comfort of our Catholic hospitals, because we are Americans dammit, and we have rights!

So I ask you to now stand with me, President Obama, and Sandra Fluke and pledge to end America's war on women now!

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H/T: Cherie Peters

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