Bush’s wars: Afghanistan, Iraq and… Contraception?

Note: We recorded the vocals for this song in our van last night while driving from Louisville, KY to Chapel Hill, NC. We recorded music for our weekly songs before we left and are writing and recording vocals on the road. We’ll have video up of it in a little – it was really fun!

We were all worried that with only 100 days until election day Bush would find some way to start a third war.

We thought it would be against Iran, not contraception.

Ever the surpriser, Smirky just launched what is presumably the last topping on the sundae of his legacy: a full-scale war on reproductive rights. Armed with a new proposal that requires all recipients of federal aid programs under the Department of Health and Human Services to not refuse to hire providers, nursers or hospitals that refuse to provide abortion, and some new nomenclature that refers to IUDs and other forms of contraception as abortion, he’s apparently fighting this war with far more planning than the ones that drag on in the middle east. He might even win.

I saw Nancy Pelosi speak at Netroots Nation last weekend, and despite my and roughly half the attendees’ frustration with her occasional acquiesence-as-consensus-building leadership style, I thought that it was really gutsy of her to say flat out that a good number of Republicans are against contraception. The President certainly just proved that he is.

Our song this week is about Bush’s new war on contraception, and how the right’s war on choice doesn’t end with abortion – it’s part of a larger assault on reproductive rights that makes birth control harder and harder to get. Enjoy “Against It All”.

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Against It All

They’ll extricate it
From the lectures and the lessons they teach
And if they could they’d legislate it
To a shelving unit far from your reach
they’ll only mention it in whispers every once in a while
But the focus, it’s not the clinic but the CVS aisle

Come on, let’s dial any element of progress to a crawl
No matter what they say they’re against it all

Incremental little battles in a much larger fight
Instrumental in the war on what you do in the night
Please explain how some kind of life
Can begin in the back of our minds
So pay attention, they flip all the language around so you can’t hear it right

Change the name until the connotation fits
Still inocuous no matter what they’re called
If they had their way you’d never get your hands on it
No matter what they say they’re against it all