Can We Talk VAGINA?

By Halli Casser-Jayne

Gov Jan Brewer signs the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act

Gov. Jan Brewer signs the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act

That word: Vagina! Yes, that word. The word that has caused more than a stir, and which brings men to their knees – no pun intended – and copy editors to their hives. Vagina. Yes, I’m saying it, V-A-G-I-N-A and here we go: Giggles among young girls when they see the name in print, acne outbreaks among the Holden Caufield set, visions of sugar plums in male heads… scorn among Republican men and Republican VAGINAS alike.

The vagina is under attack and not just from the cigar-smoking crowd that sits in smoky backrooms and conjures up ways to control women’s, yes, vaginas. But leave it to that Annie Oakley throwback with an apparently sun-scorched, Southwest Arizona, dried-up Vagina, Governor Jan K. Brewer, Republican, that rootin’ tootin’ she-really-ain’t-no-Annie-Oakley-who-by-the-way-must-be-rollin’-in-her-grave, leader of the “God Enriches-Ditat Deus” state (no kidding that is the state’s motto, and, yes some believe that God did, indeed, create the vagina!) to take her phallic pen to paper and sign a bill that vetoes all funding to the vagina incorporated and protector of all things women, most notably their vaginas, Planned Parenthood. Is Brewer out to prove that the pen-IS mightier than the vagina? Give me eggs to breath!

The bill known as the “Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act,” more than halves the availability for health care services for the poor.

“This is a commonsense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly,” Brewer said in a statement. “By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.”

More like common sense-LESS law.

While the new law, signed last Friday excludes only those abortions that are “necessary to save the life of the mother or if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest,” because those circumstances are covered by Title 19 of the Social Security Act, being cut off from state funding would affect nearly 20,000 women in the state who turn to Planned Parenthood for preventative health care and family planning services.

“We are most concerned about the women and men who could be forced to go without health care as a result of this bill,” Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, said in a statement.

Fewer than one in 10 of visits to Planned Parenthood are for abortions, the Arizona Republic reported.

“For many women, we are the only doctor’s visit they will have this year,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This ruling affirms what women have known all along: Politics simply doesn’t have a place in women’s health.”Halli Casser-Jayne is the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show small

And certainly not in women’s VAGINAS!

It’s time we had not a Vagina Monologue, but rather a Vagina Dialog among America’s women, those with Vaginas and those without.

Halli Casser-Jayne is the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, which airs on She is also the author of and photographer of Still Life: Images of Antietam, Mambo, a Conversation with the Gods, and A Year in my Pajamas with President Obama, her celebrated book about the 2008 presidential campaign. She blogs regularly on

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