So what is wrong with this story? This is the offending paragraph, the very first paragraph:
They are telling us that Jeb Bush has reasonable views on abortion. With this sort of reporting, this type of ignorance, this from the paper of record—what the hell is the point of the mainstream media? If reading the New York Times makes one less informed, what does that say about Fox? Oh we have the answer for that. So before I get around to explaining how absurd this New York Times story is—here is a quick perspective as to how certain types (i.e. cable Fox) of media actually make people stupider:
Now sadly it is time to expose the New York Times regarding a narrative that they allowed to go with adding any perspective. This is all about Jeb and abortion, plus some bonus material about abortion. Here are facts:
“I’m probably the most pro-life governor in modern times,” Bush boasted.
“After all, we’re talking about a man who once put the life of a disabled woman who’d been raped at risk by intervening legally to force her to carry her child to term—a move a Florida court later found illegal.” Despite the fact that the woman was severely disabled, had been raped, and might die if allowed to give birth, Bush felt the appointment of a guardian for her was not appropriate. Instead, he moved to stop the appointment of the woman’s guardian until a second guardian could first be appointed—specifically, a guardian for the fetus.
“In 2005, Bush fought to prevent a pregnant 13-year-old girl, who was a ward of the state, from having an abortion. He was overruled by a judge, and CNN later reported that Bush’s ‘abortion activism shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office.’”
PolitiFact Florida reports that Jeb!!! wanted:
$1 million of the state Department of Health’s $5.7 million family planning allocation to create education grants for chastity counseling. This would have mirrored some federally funded programs in the state that told teens to wait until marriage to have sex, without discussing birth control methods. Those programs, many of which were privately run by religious groups, operated under names like Best Friends, Sex Can Wait and Everyone’s Not Doing It.
The request would have marked the first time the state would have funded an abstinence-based counseling program. The idea was criticized by sex education advocates and legislators who said teaching abstinence didn’t work. They also said diverting $1 million would keep many poor women from getting HIV tests, pap smears, birth control counseling and other services at clinics and county health departments.
In January 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported: “Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida lost $124,000 last year from its family planning division. Bush diverted the funds to abstinence-only educational programs. Now teens who use Planned Parenthood have a $15 co-pay and must pay $7 for birth control, which would normally have been free. ‘We do charge the teens now,’ said LaWanda Walker, public affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. ‘That we really, really hate. You need to be able to have services and make it convenient.’”
HuffPost recounts: “In a tweet, he [Bush] added, ‘In line with my FL record—we absolutely must defund PP and redirect those funds to other women’s health orgs.’”
But Jeb!!! did not redirect Planned Parenthood money into community health centers providing birth control, Pap tests, and other family-planning services, as he suggested. He diverted money to abstinence-only education and spent millions on crisis pregnancy centers, which are nonmedical, religiously motivated organizations dedicated to convincing women not to have abortions.
The charter school (trying to turn education into a for-profit exercise) that was once Jeb!!!’s pride and joy is now a trash-filled ruin in the Liberty City neighborhood in Miami. It was also where the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate found it necessary to remove sex education from the curriculum and replace it with “character education.”
Back to PolitiFact Florida: “Stephanie Schriock, president of the group Emily’s List, said in an essay on Medium that Bush spent his two terms curbing women’s reproductive and health rights.
It is impossible, it appears, to get more extreme on abortion than Jeb!!! He must really care about that sacred sperm. He can really say to that idiotic base, Yes, I am your man—look at me. Like Bush!!’s imaginary conversation with Billy Graham that led to his invented Christian rebirth, born again for a Jesus who loves the 1 percent—could it be possible that Jeb!!! is just cloning a successful Bush strategy? This is a fair question in the light of the fact that Jeb!!! “was [a] director of a philanthropy that gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and financed its advocacy of ‘unrestricted access to abortion’ around the world. The charity also approved money to global abortion providers while he sat on its board.” The documentation below comes from life Site News:
In 2010, Jeb was named one of the founding directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, established as a tax-exempt foundation to advance the vision of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. He resigned from the board at the end of 2014 to prepare his presidential campaign. . . .
In March of 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million undertaking to expand “reproductive health,” including lobbying foreign nations to loosen restrictions on abortion.
Bloomberg announced a major partnership with Planned Parenthood Global to train and equip abortion activists in pro-life countries.
Here is Bloomberg talking about the vital needs of women’s health, the devastating backward steps taken by various mental midget Red State governors, and his massive personal efforts to counteract the absurd activities of his own board member Jeb!!!
Well, this is now proving to be quite an embarrassment to Jeb!!! He was questioned about it during the first Stupidparty presidential primary debate, on Fox. Let us see what strategy he uses when he is caught with his pants down. Megyn Kelly asked Jeb Bush a probing question: “How could you not know about these well-publicized donations?” Kelly asked. “And if you did know, how could you help a charity so openly committed to abortion rights?”
Bush responded by speaking about his pro-life record as governor of Florida.
When asked a second time, Bush replied, “I didn’t know, but it doesn’t matter.”
But it gets even worse. Why? We are dealing with a Bush, and a Bush can do whatever he wants. How?
Well, just look at the fact that all trace of that question has disappeared from numerous “full” debate transcripts posted by the nation’s foremost media websites.”
Despite the audience’s reaction and two days of sustained coverage on Fox, the question does not appear in debate transcripts posted online by the Washington Post, CBS News, and Time magazine. Some of these sites may have since corrected this error. Of course, normally there may be an innocent explanation. But here the vanishing act just fits nicely and consistently into the picture. If it had been any other site than Fox, one could put it down to a mistake, because outside of Fox and Roger Ailes’ other apostles, journalistic dishonesty is a very sackable offence. But once you accept a check from Roger Ailes, you leave your journalistic integrity buried deeply in your past.
Voila! The Bushes get to rewrite history. No, Jeb!!! You are all talk, no substance, a liar, an empty vessel.
Actually, in terms of how repulsive, how deadly fundamentalist pro- lifers are, the above is only scratching the surface—for all the stunning facts, all the stunning deaths caused by pro-life dogma—you can see the actual numbers here. By the way the Pro-life agenda is absolutely not a Christian value; since when did Christ value stupidity and manslaughter? Only in Stupidparty land.
I have mercilessly bashed not just Jeb!!! but all pro-lifers and the Catholic Church. I have made it plain that the actions of these people are despicable and I do so with a clear conscience—for they are pro death. As I write this, my four horses of knowledge that I have reincarnated to take on the twisted and perverse power of the mythological four horses of the apocalypse have scored a miraculous victory. My god, the god of reason and god of critical thinking, has arisen and struck a blow against stupid, deadly ignorance. The pope has arisen and backpedaled on abortion. The pope has said all priests can forgive a women who has an abortion if she is repentant.
Now, many people say this is not a big deal—it is a still a sin. In any other country in the world, they would have a point. But not here, not in Stupidparty land. This is a huge concession within the context of the USA, and it has all those pontificating, aging white male bishops looking a bit silly. These struggling women can be forgiven, assuming they repent. If a priest does not like it, he can lump it. A Catholic priest did not want to marry me—so what? We just got another priest, who was happy to speed up the process. (We were in a bit of rush.)
Evidently this rule change is just for some sort of Jubilee year, the Year of Mercy. But give me a break—you can be forgiven for having an abortion today, but not in a year’s time. Nah—any logical God would not work that way. No, the Catholic Church might be on the road to redemption, but until they also change their policy on contraception, they will continue to do more harm than good. Meanwhile, Jeb!!!—with his prehistoric, immature deadly views—has been left in the dust yet again by an aging pope born in 1936.