Friday, May 27, 2011

The New GOP Focused on Uterus, Not Urjobs

Just six months ago, the new Teapublican House was swept into power promising to focus on job creation. However, they pulled a bait and switch with the American voters. Their radical agenda has been an all-out attack on womens reproductive rights and our social safety net, particularly Medicare. As you'll see in the video below, Rachel Maddow explains how, since coming to power in January, the Republican majority in the House has unsuccessfully tried to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood, acted to write permanently into law the ban on federal funds to perform abortions, to make it easier for hospitals to refuse abortion cases, and to make it more expensive for small businesses to choose insurance plans under the health care act that provide abortion coverage. Not to be out-neanderthaled by their anti-woman colleagues in the House, six Senate Republicans introduced a bill last week that sets 10-year prison terms for abortion doctors who violate these senators‘ new proposed parental consent waiting period for abortion.

And you'll see it's even worse at the state level. Wherever Republicans are in control of the legislature, it's happening. The Louisiana House voted a bill out of committee this week that would ban abortion in that state. Florida and Georgia have proposed total bans. Lots of others have proposed bans starting at 20 weeks. Ohio‘s proposed ban could start as early as five weeks, so as soon as you notice your period is late, it will be too late and illegal to get an abortion.

In the 11 green states, violating a proposed abortion ban would send your doctor to prison for anywhere from 6 months to eight years. In the three yellow states, violating that proposed ban could get your doctor as much as 10 years prison. And in two states (GA in red), yes, Florida makes the list twice so it's green and red striped.  Under bans proposed in Florida and in Georgia this year, your doctor could get anywhere from 30 years in prison to life in prison for doing an abortion.

What is boggling my mind is that Roe v Wade is still a federal law. I think it's pretty clear that these extremists want a test case to go to our right-wing majority SCOTUS to overturn Roe v Wade. Women across the country need to wake up. If you're personally opposed to abortion, don't get one. It's as simple as that. How women are allowing a bunch of old white men dictate to them how to handle their bodies is extremely frustrating to watch. If they don't think this is not just the beginning of the neanderthal attack on women, they're mistaken. Meanwhile, they've made sure that Viagra and Cialis are readily available at a moments notice. And women idolizing the likes of Palin, Bachmann, Angle, the witch, etc... are doing a disservice to women across the country. No one believes that abortion should be a form of birth control. And anyone who believes women just walk into a clinic for this invasive procedure as non-chalantly as going to the movies are fools. NAF Facts and Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet provide the stats and dispose of the myths.

As for all the religious zealots trying to turn us into a puritanical society, I offer this; When does a fetus become a life? Biblicaly speaking, read Genesis - 2:7. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Does that settle it?

Another excellent installment by Rachel Maddow, the only MSM figure covering these regressive policies.

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