A big sloppy-kiss thank you to Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, my Senator, Barbara Boxer of California, Reps. Judy Chu of California, Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, and Lois Frankel of Florida-- for having spines. They are clearly as fed up as many of us are about the forced-birth laws that so many Republican-run states have rammed through.
The availability of abortion services in these states has diminished greatly, often to the point of making it nearly impossible for a woman to have access to the care she needs, requiring traveling hundreds of miles to find help, even into neighboring states.
As we speak, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham filed legislation that would prohibit abortions past 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Two words: Non. Starter.
The GOP hypocrisy is staggering: Small government? Not so much. Outreach to women? Non-existent. If it weren't for all those redistricting dirty tricks, Dems would be feeling awfully cocky about 2014 right about now.
A group of Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate, led by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on the Senate side, are calling an afternoon news conference to roll out a new measure that would effectively pre-empt state laws requiring medically unnecessary tests before receiving reproductive health services, including the morning-after pill and abortions.
“This kind of measure seems to provide a clear and certain response to these regulations and [state] laws that impose unnecessary tests, procedures … and other kinds of restrictions on these reproductive services,” Blumenthal said, calling the influx of new state laws a “cascading wave of restrictions.”
More like this, please.