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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Apparently, the GOP learned nothing from 2012.

Ralph Northam (D) is the only physician in Virginia’s state senate. And though Republicans revised a law requiring an invasive ultrasound before a woman could have a legal abortion so that it wouldn’t be physically invasive, he still feels that the unnecessary procedure violates the doctor/patient relationship.

“I am giving you the opportunity to right the wrong committed last year,” he told the Senate Committee on Education and Health Thursday.

And the committee voted along party lines to keep the law in place.

Examples of Republicans at every level actively legislating in a way that makes life more difficult for women to function in society and operate with the freedom and dignity that’s unquestioned for men are still rampant, just a few weeks into 2013.

The most prominent example is the House Republicans allowing the Violence Against Women Act to lapse for the first time since 1994. House Republicans opposed the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate because it protected too many women — namely Native American, lesbian, transgender and undocumented women.

In Texas, Governor Rick Perry has led the effort to kick the local Planned Parenthood organization — which does not even provide abortions — out of a state-funded program, even though doing so cost the state hundreds of millions federal dollars. A judge recently upheld this move forcing 50,000 women to have to find new basic health care.

If you’re looking for an example of Republicans seeking to use the state’s power to control women’s actions, go to Mississippi, where there’s only one abortion clinic in the state and the governor is trying to close it. State Rep. Lester Carpenter has proposed a law that would subject a woman to 10 years to life in prison if she tests positive for drug use while pregnant.

Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) may have said that Todd Akin was “partly right.” But Mitt Romney’s running mate and current head of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) began the new Congress by reintroducing a “personhood” bill that Todd Akin supported when was in the House. Ryan is basically pushing the premise that as soon a sperm touches an egg, the state has the right to make a woman’s medical decisions for her.

Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is still trying to appeal Obamacare, which includes huge advances in women’s health including mandatory birth control coverage and outlawing the practice of charging women more for their coverage. But that futile effort is nothing compared to GOP governors throughout the South who are turning down Medicaid expansion that would provide health care to all citizens earning up to 133 percent of the poverty level.

The GOP thinks they can to start to erase the historically large gender gap of the 2012 election by simply not talking about rape. But their tendency to turn women’s health into a ideological plaything is only getting worse.

 Photo credit: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File

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42 responses to “On State And Federal Levels,The GOP’s War On Women Continues”

  1. Sand_Cat says:

    They hate America, so it stands to reason they hate American women.

  2. charleo1 says:

    The attempted domination, and control of a woman, is a product of the man’s own insecurities.
    Like Hillary Clinton observed, “Why is it always the women with these guys?”

  3. latebloomingrandma says:

    I was listening to a panel discussion on TV during the heighth of the birth control and rape stuff. One guy was uncharacteristically silent. When asked for his opinion, he said–I think the men of this country just need to SHUT UP. Best advice I heard all year.

  4. wesley rasmussen says:

    Guess it just goes to prove that “legitimate rape” is alive and well in the hearts and minds of Tea Party religious fanatics. They all have one thing in common – their belief in their version of religious dogma, and their own version of their right to practice it.

    They seem to forget that “Freedom of religion” also means Freedom FROM religion. Before I get a lot of angered responses about atheism, that phrase means that we all have our own religious beliefs, and do our best to be true to them. However, that includes the right to not have a majority of citizens of one belief forcing that belief on the rest of us who might not agree with them.

    Kinda like them saying a woman seeking to control her own reproductive destiny is going against the Will of God, while they pop thier Viagra and other meds that allow men to engage in sex. Whey don’t they apply that dogma to their case, and admit they are telling God that a mistake was made when it was decided to kidk them out of the gene pool?

    • “Legitimate rape” has got to be one of the dumbest concepts ANY Republican has ever come up with, ranking right up there with “a woman’s body has a way of shutting that whole thing down.” And these statements were made by DOCTORS, men who should know better, and both of whom were on the House Science Committee. No damned wonder nothing is getting done in Washington that has anything to do with science.

    • William says:

      First the GOP wants to reduce government, yet they want to tell you what you can do in your personal life, how is that a reduction?

    • onedonewong says:

      It has nothing to do with religion its all about morality. We have laws in this country against murder and abortion is just a libs attempt to change the discourse and try to paper over MURDER

  5. stcroixcarp says:

    GOP=Grumpy Old Perverts. Tea Party=Taliban Evangelical America.

  6. progressiveandproud says:

    Now ladies and gentlemen, you all know in you hearts that the GOP is just trying to protect women who have been led astray by those terrible liberals.

    Just sit back and let them control everything–it won’t hurt, they promise.

    Any woman who votes republican should be ashamed of themselves. How any thinking woman can aid the unnecessary suffering and death of countless women and children world wide to advance their “religion” is beyond me.

  7. you shouldn’t attempt to abort fetus’s by barium enemas

  8. If Ryan is able to stear his “personhood” bill through Congress, it’s main unintended consequence will be to make God the greatest abortionist ever. Natural “abortion” occurs much more frequently than medically induced abortion does. If personhood is legally defined as beginning at the moment of fertilization, then anything that prevents a successful birth after that moment will, logically, have to be considered an abortion. That would have to include the fertilized egg’s, for whatever reason, not implanting in the uterine wall, including ectopic pregnancies. I have no idea what the medical estimates are for the failure of a fertilized egg to implant, but I am certain they are beyond estimation. Then we must figure in miscarriages, which can occur from anytime immediately after implantation up to just prior to delivery, and can occur for any number of reasons. Ryan is already in hot water with the Catholic bishops who opposed his budget proposals. If he proposes a bill that would make God an abortionist, then I think the Catholic church would have an even bigger problem with him. Ryan and the Republicans against women cannot have it both ways.

    • Susan says:

      Unfortunately, rather than blaming God, the GOP will probably force women who have miscarried to prove that they didn’t actually have an abortion.

  9. 1bythebrooks2 says:

    I’ll say it again. If men could have babies, there would be a whole different discusion!

  10. William says:

    Incredible, just when you think the GOP couldn’t be any stupider, they prove you wrong again. And to think Ryan was almost VP, does that wake up anyone?

    • ALTreality says:

      Wait for it…

      The GOP still considers Paul Ryan a ‘rising young star’. Watch for him on a Presidential ticket in 2016.

  11. Shrapnel5 says:

    For the doctors in these comply with these state bills they are violating their sacred oath they took when became doctors, it states that these doctors should “DO NO HARM”, but if the follow the agenda of these Republican idiots they will saying that the oath they took, they took because it was the right thing to do and because was what the licensing board wanted hear, but they did not mean it.

  12. Pamby50 says:

    They haven’t learned a thing. They believe women should stay at home. Keep them barefoot & pregnant. To bad most women have come to their senses. There are still a few who believe in these idiots. So I say that if a woman has to be probed against her will, so should a man. I think they will change their minds real quick.

  13. onedonewong says:

    Before a woman decides to have an abortion they need to see what they are terminating….its a BABY

    • Reddiaperbaby says:

      Same old bullshit…it’s not a baby, you moron…and an egg isn’t a chicken! Enjoy your breakfast!!

      • onedonewong says:

        It isn’t?? What is it then a snake or turtle??? Over 40 states have laws on the books that considers a baby shot in a womans womb as a MURDER!!!.
        Your so called logic is illogical

        • Reddiaperbaby says:

          A first trimester collection of cells is an embryo…it’s not a “baby”, except to the brain-dead. The laws you cite are just another form of the odious “personhood” bills designed to eliminate the chance of a woman having control of her reproductive choices. If it ain’t breathing on its own it ain’t a baby…put that on a poster or a t-shirt.
          Sent from my iPad

          • onedonewong says:

            I see that biology isn’t something you ever looked in to along with common sense. In your case its a shame that your mother still bore you after 18 months and you were still born brain dead.
            No one is trying to control women’s reproductive choices. She exercised them when she became pregnant now its society’s responsibility to protect the unborn from murder or Dr Mengele experiments

  14. Sierra111 says:

    These are the same ‘men’ who claim we can’t make any adjustments to the Second Amendment regarding the right to bear arms. We certainly can’t make any restrictions there, can we – Republicans! A bunch of hypocrites!

  15. L Laws says:

    There is something very wrong when a Party hates over half the population this much. Women need to remember this in the 2014 election, and vote out this GOP until they get it. People are beginning to see this is not the Party our parents believed in. Vote Democrat

  16. onedonewong says:

    Yep Hilary clinton that’s a great spokesperson for battered women

  17. onedonewong says:

    If women were the bread winners thre would be a whole specil discussion

  18. onedonewong says:

    Yea a million a year and still the libs want more murders all the while complaining about guns

  19. onedonewong says:

    Its a shame that libs see no problem killing 1 million babies a year

  20. daffodilly says:

    Why does discussing the female biology have to be reduced to something like talking about duel carbs (carberators not carbohydrates) or valves or air input or … you get the message. Shut-up about women and reproduction and talk about old white men with hemorrhoids.

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