Dear GOP: Do you think America is deaf, blind, and/or stupid? On second thought, don’t answer that. Their claims of reinventing themselves are a joke. They can use all the carefully parsed words they want, but they are fooling nobody.
Republicans are once again forcing women to let strangers who work for so-called "small government" make decisions for them, about their bodies, reproductive health, and lives. No reframing, no re-messaging, no makeover can hide that.
For example, Wisconsin GOP lawmakers pushed a bill to let parents sue over death of fetus. As I said in that post, declaring that life starts at conception gives a cluster of cells the same rights as born people. So fetal rights would supersede those of women.
But it gets worse. Hey "revamped" GOP, nothing says outreach to women voters like passing a “personhood” abortion ban.
Yes, those poor, helpless women who can't possibly figure out how to manage their own lives are the luckiest ducks ever! North Dakota is taking care of that overwhelming personal responsibility burden for them. It has become the first state to ban all abortions by defining life at conception. Via Think Progress:
North Dakota lawmakers voted on Friday afternoon to pass a “personhood” abortion ban, which would endow fertilized eggs with all the rights of U.S. citizens and effectively outlaw abortion. The measure, which passed the Senate last month, passed the House by a 57-35 vote and will now head to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk.
The personhood ban will have far-reaching consequences even beyond abortion care, since it will charge doctors who damage embryos with criminal negligence.
Even some pro-life Republicans in North Dakota have come out against this. Republican state Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo):
“North Dakota hasn’t even passed a primary seatbelt law, but we have the most invasive attack on women’s health anywhere.”