“The Evil Men Do …”

February 18, 2011

Dear Nation Reader,
Minutes ago, the US House of Representatives callously voted to bar Planned Parenthood from all federal funding for any purpose whatsoever. Join the cries of outrage cascading across the nation and tell the Congress to stop this outrageous legislation.
Peter Rothberg
Associate Publisher, The Nation

URGENT MESSAGE FROM: Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

Minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood from any purpose whatsoever. That means no funding to Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other essential care.

By far, this is the most dangerous legislative assault on women’s health in our history, and it cannot go unanswered. We need you to stand united with us now. We need you to stand with us and with the three million women, men, and teens who rely on Planned Parenthood and who are now at risk of losing access to basic care.

We’ve drafted an open letter to every single representative in the House who voted for this cruel, unconscionable, unthinkable bill, and to every senator who still has a chance to stop it. Will you sign it — and share it right now?


To the members of the House of Representatives who voted for the Pence Amendment to H.R. 1:

How could you?

How could you betray millions of women — and men, and teens — who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care?

How could you condemn countless women in this country to undiagnosed cancer, unintended pregnancies, and untreated illnesses?

Your vote was not only against those who seek care at Planned Parenthood health centers, but against every one of us who has ever sought care there, and against every one of us who knows that when we are healthy, when we are in charge of our lives, we thrive.

It was a vote against me.

To every senator who will soon consider this legislation:

I stand with Planned Parenthood to say to you: STOP THIS.

I stand with Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life and every corner of this country who join me in signing this letter to tell you that we will fight this bill and we expect you to do the same.

I stand with and for the millions of women, men, and teens who rely on Planned Parenthood, and I expect you to do the same.

To every member of Congress, know that we stand together today against this outrageous assault, and together we will not lose.

This fight will continue next week when our legislators return to their home districts, and when the vote heads to the U.S. Senate the following week. Your voice, your strength, and your unwavering support are absolutely critical, now and in the weeks ahead. I am so glad to know you are with us during this very challenging time.


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Action Fund

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18 thoughts on ““The Evil Men Do …”

  1. It was supposed to be a recognizable quote, with one’s memory finishing with “lives after them.”. I think we should be able to quote Shakespeare?

    On the other hand, I don’t think the culprits here are limited to those actually voting, and the gender of the political activists on this issue is a different matter. For example, there is a long history of popes, bishops and pastors speaking on the topic of sexuality with little understaning.

  2. I posted something about PP, so I’m all on board with the outrage, but the “men” thing in the title bugged me too. Even if it’s Shakespeare, it’s one of the dozens of “men are the default, not you!” being thrown in my face each day. It stings when I see it, no matter what the source.

  3. jj – Are you sure you weren’t referring to Iron Maiden (equally recognizable, of course)? “The eeevil that men do / goes on and ooooon…”

    Disappointing news. I’m sorry to hear it.

  4. Logoskaieros, I do see how one could take it wrongly, but I thought that in this case, the quote with its use of “men” is fairly layered. Perhaps I’m wrong, but in a way, the bill does position women passively, with men largely the deciders. And I think that’s true of a lot of the history of the struggles over abortion laws in the US.

    I actually couldn’t find the break down of the vote, but there are 22 republican women in the House and at least two spoke out against the bill. So suppose all 20 other women voted for it. That’s less than 10%. I say that makes this a bill passed overwhelmingly by men. It, and the political campaigns against women’s reproductive health look awfully male.

  5. Michael X, Did she actually ever say that?
    I’d love to avoid discussing her behavior in terms of gender, since it’s hard for me to think about her without my blood pressure going up.

  6. I share many of the strongest feminist sentiments expressed on this matter.

    jj, on your comment #3 particularly, I agree and (think further?) that virtually all forms of western monotheism are incredibly and deeply sexist if not misogynistic (on sexuality and other areas of life – family, work, aesthetics, recreation, etc. – if one interprets sexuality narrowly).

    Although I cannot go into detail here without becoming very contentious and offending many good people, I strongly believe that the same goes for moderate/reform versions of western monotheism. To me, they are much like supporting the KKK, but agreeing that people of all skin colors should get to wear the white sheets and attend (if not assume high positions in!) klan meetings.

    Of course, I happily recognize and feel grateful for all the incredibly good work that religious groups also actually do around the world (apart from the harms that they cause). In addition, I very strongly support religious freedom and the basic civil and political rights that provide it. The problem is that, contrary to the claims of so many politicans and political scientists, there are virtually no (powerful and wealthty) modern, democratic nations or nation-states that actually secure equal rights for women and men. (Okin’s criticism of Kymlicka comes to mind, for a quick and easy example. Unfortunately, there are many others.)

  7. jj – Michel, not Michael. I also don’t understand your response. What “she” are you referring to? Whose behaviour? I just mentioned a British band with a fairly popular song by the same name. I certainly didn’t mean anything else by it–it was simply the first association that I made with the title, rather than Shakespeare. I thought the tone was fairly obviously joking. I’m not sure why that would be problematic. Perhaps I should have made it clearer.

  8. Michel, well, I guess I’m out of date. Margaret Thatcher was called the Iron Maiden, and I though you were trying to catch her accent.

    I was surprised she would have quoted this bit of Shakespeare, but who knows?

    David, thanks, once again!

  9. jj – Ooooh, your comment makes so much more sense to me now (although I was more familiar with her moniker of the “Iron Lady”)–especially the part about your blood pressure. You can’t really be out of date, though, since Iron Maiden predates Thatcher’s rule: they started up in 1975.

    Anyway, enough on that. Sorry for the brief derailing.

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