(a short note to the amazing women of Bitch PhD)
At risk of painting my state in a bad light, here are two horribly disappointing developments in the news today:
First, the state senate passed a resolution to amend the state constitution to define marriage, blah blah blah ... of course, if you're a hardcore true-blue (-red?) conservative, you're not content with just cutting off legal marriage, you have to make sure that "...unmarried couples cannot receive the same benefits as married couples. And if a gay couple marries in another state, their union is not recognized by the state of Indiana." You know - really really make sure everyone knows how seriously Indiana takes its status as a "cultural wasteland", to quote a friend. <Sigh.> Here's a question - can 'unmarried couples' receive greater benefits than straight - oops, I mean, married - couples?
Second, the state senate (busy bees, these m0therf^ckers) passed a bill expressly recognizing pharmacists' right to refuse to dispense any prescription medication that "could possibly induce abortion or assist suicide, including birth control pills." According to the article, quoting Planned Parenthood spokesperson Steve Carr, 98% of American women use birth control at some point in their lives. Hmm.
Combine the blind, empty rage induced by these two articles with a completely unnecessary and overdone caffeine high (sorry, K, for the confused voice message..), and you have one day spent doing little actual work and lots of pacing, cursing, writing, and phoning (ie, Brandt Hershman, author of the bill - no email but there are phone numbers, (317) 232-9400, (800) 382-9467).