Think Progress is reporting that the new anti-choice legislation to watch is the ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ bills banning nearly all abortions.
Of course, Paul Ryan has cosponsored fetal personhood bills from time to time, bills that give zygotes the same rights as any living, breathing U.S. citizen who has already been born.
Now variations are popping up in Ohio, Mississippi, Wyoming, Arkansas, and North Dakota. Mississippi, Arkansas, and North Dakota only have one abortion provider remaining in the entire state, and despite murder threats by anti-abortion extremists, a new clinic may become available in Kansas.
But despite being constitutional, abortion providers are becoming less and less accessible, which is exactly what conservatives are aiming for. In fact, Think Progress also posted that Oregon is the only state left that hasn’t imposed any restrictions on abortion.
A must-see interactive version of the chart is here.
Of course, there’s no War on Women. Just on their reproductive rights, privacy, and health.
Ohio: A fetal heartbeat law that would outlaw abortion before most women know they’re pregnant
Ms. Magazine’s Holly L. Derr reports from Ohio on a new law that has dire implications:
Now that the Ohio Senate is back in session, the bill may be taken up at any time. The measure would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is often as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. At that point, many women don’t even know they are pregnant. The bill passed the House in March and stands a good chance in the Republican-dominated Senate. It then needs just the signature of proudly pro-life Governor John R. Kasich.
Derr notes that this law, too extreme even for Ohio Right to Life, is designed to trigger a lawsuit and get entangled in a costly court battle — even though its proponents claim to be against frivolous government spending. She writes that the situation in Ohio is already dire: “I hate that this same state Legislature has already passed House bills to ban abortion after 20 weeks (before the Supreme Court-recognized threshold of viability), to prevent private insurance companies from covering abortion and to prevent public hospitals from performing the procedure altogether.”
Indeed, it’s the combination of restrictions like these that makes it more and more difficult for women to find help when they need it.
No, this is all about Bush envy and controlling the media. Bendy straws were a prerequisite for he university keynote screeching, and pre-screening questions was a must for her latest little Q and A fest.
She has clearly run out of hands to write on, realizes that risky, off the cuff word salad won’t cut it, and is now doing her level best to fill Boy Georgie’s teensy weensy inept little media-restricting shoes.
“It’s the belief that the government who governs least governs best,” she said.
That should win ‘em right over. Try again. This time be more convincing:
“I eat granola,” Palin said. “I just happen to shoot and catch my organic food before I eat it.”
“Here I am in Track Town USA and my kid’s name is Track. How Eugene hippie can that be?” she added.
Then she dissed “Obamacare.” Way to win a more progressive crowd over, Ace. Okay, there’s still hope. Maybe she could make it up to them by throwing them an environment bone:
She also called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and addressed head-on environmentalists against her plan. She argued America has more stringent environmental restrictions than many of the foreign governments we currently rely on for oil.
“So environmentalists are kind of hypocritical on this one,” she said. “I don’t know how environmentalists can sleep at night.”
Ooooo, wrong answer.
There’s still time for her to make it up to them, though. I’m sure Babbles will toss them a bone or two. Who would be so stupid and tone deaf that they would refuse to dish up one measly little overture?
Palin accused the media of being inextricably linked to the political left.
“Sometimes they are kind of one in the same,” she said. “We call them the ‘lame-stream’ media lately.”
See, that’s not what I meant. Okay, one more shot. Try again, Babbles. Offer that paying crowd of yours a crumb or two.
She said the media has been unfair to the tea party movement, going so far as to say they make up lies about tea party supporters.
No, no! You’re not getting this at all!
“The left, well, they had to grab hold of something to discredit,” she said. “The press then just started making things up. I’ve had to deal with that for quite some time now.”
She must have one redeeming quality, just one. Maybe she’ll have a moment of spontaneity during which we’ll discover something good and kind and reasonable and….
During a question and answer session, Eugene City Councilwoman Jennifer Solomon read a pre-screened question from the audience about her role at Fox News. Palin said she was proud to be a part of Fox News for being “fair and balanced.”
She also praised Fox host Glenn Beck and said with “his chalkboard technique he’s changing our country.“
And if all that isn’t bad enough, journalists were not allowed to use cameras or any other kind of recording device. They were only allowed to watch her speak [sic] on a live video feed… from another room.
One– count ‘em, one– photo–taken by a hired photographer– was given out. One.
All this and less could be had for $250 a pop. Yep, 800 people paid that much. And some of them had to settle for a video feed from a separate room at… $100. Yes, they paid a hundred bucks to watch her on TV.
To add insult to injury, 70 people shelled out a thousand smackeroos for a photo op with her. But, hey, that included a copy of her book.
Glenn Beck would be proud.
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