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Is the Colorado Republican Committee calling trans-vaginal ultrasounds "rape"?

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huh what'd they say

Here's what the Colorado Republican Committee posted on their site on July 7 ,2013, in part. It's title? "Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar calls for rape of Republican governor":

“It’s fine to disagree with Gov. Walker, but it’s not okay for Joe Salazar to call for the governor to be raped,” Owen Loftus, Colorado Republican Committee spokesman, stated.  “Rep. Salazar’s tweet is demeaning and offensive to victims everywhere.”

On July 5, Salazar retweeted a comment from comedian Sarah Silverman stating that she would “very much like to anally probe @govwalker…” and linked to an article about the ultrasound legislation Walker signed into law. [...]

"Where is Democrat Speaker Mark Ferrandino?  Does he think it’s acceptable for House Democrats, under his leadership, to advocate for the rape of those with whom they disagree? ” Loftus asked. ...

So this is the GOP's latest definition of rape? We've all heard their now-infamous "legitimate" version, and we have yet to hear any call for Texas state troopers to stop probing genitals of women at routine traffic stops.

But if the Colorado RNC stays with this new version, then they've just admitted that they've been advocating for the rape of women in Republican-run, pro-forced birth states with trans-vaginal ultrasound probes, and yes, it is indeed "demeaning and offensive."

I haven't heard anyone clarify further since that statement was posted.

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H/t: Andy Marquis

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The Ball's in the U.N.'s Court

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Thanks to Angelina Jolie, maybe the U.N. will get to work protecting women.

Let's hope their efforts are faster than our very own Congress. They seem intent in forcing rape by foreign instrument upon women. That's what FORCED transvaginal ultrasound is. It's rape by a foreign instrument -- make no mistake.

You will lie down on a table with your knees bent. Your feet may be held in stirrups.

You will have a metalic/plastic probe, called a transducer, placed into the vagina by a doctor. The probe is covered with a condom and a gel.  Obviously this is large enough to require both a condom and lube. It's not a tiny tube. It's capable of tearing the vaginal walls and canals without  proper precautions. The health care provider will move the probe around the area to see the pelvic organs.

And who says that might not be painful?

Let's wise up. See how many of these men want a colonoscopy (a long tube forced up their butt hole) whether they want or need  it. Oh, and let's have the vote come from a predominantly white, female group.

Show of hands?

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VIDEO: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis talks abortion, women's rights on "Meet the Press"

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My new hero, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, has reinvigorated many Americans to step up their fight against the War on Women. It's not as if we've backed off, but she really lit a fire under many who may have been preoccupied with other political battles.

But her remarkable filibuster has inspired a renewed interest in and opposition to the efforts of several Republican-run states to restrict access to women's health care services. Let's hope her momentum continues.

Here she is on Meet the Press, for those who missed it. Following her interview was the "Round Table" in which Rachel Maddow brought those pesky things called "facts" to the conversation:

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No, white Christian men who insist upon thrusting government into the private lives of women who are capable of making their own decisions, forcing vaginal ultrasounds are not "free" nor are they an "opportunity."

The assault on women's rights must stop, and Wendy Davis's calm persistence and reasonable, intelligent approach has resulted in more Americans paying attention, hearing the truth, and engaging.

This...

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...is not an option.

small government my ass

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VIDEO: Senator does his best Bill O'Reilly impression. How WI GOP legislators "debate" women's reproductive rights.

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Wisconsin Senator Mike Ellis during abortion debate

Wisconsin GOP senators passed an abortion measure requiring transvaginal ultrasounds. Any woman seeking an abortion would be forced to have an unnecessary invasive procedure, just like Virginia GOP Governor Bob "Ultrasound" McDonnell wanted in his state.

Are you sensing a trend?

UPDATE: Walker Will Sign Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Via WiseEye.org:

On June 12, 2013, the Wisconsin State Senate reconvened to finish the vote on Senate Bill 206, relating to requirements to perform abortions, requiring an ultrasound before informed consent for an abortion, and providing a penalty.

In my post "No, no, I’m not really an OB-GYN, but I play one in Congress," I wrote about how the Wisconsin GOP is also working hard to shut down one of the last abortion clinics in the state.

See how the GOP is reaching out to women? Aren’t they the rebrandiest party ever? In my post I also said this:

It’s hard to overstate what a relief it is to see conservatives insisting that Big Government should stay out of our private lives. Imagine how intrusive pro-choice Democrats would be on women’s medical decisions about their own bodies if small-government Republicans like these weren’t in charge.

Good thing the GOP is keeping liberals in check.

Now take a look at how reachy-outy and small-governmenty they are while "debating" the issue (You can see the full video here):

Nick Nice:

The party of 'small government' intrudes upon women's rights once again. This is not about reducing abortions but about limiting a women's right to choose. If the GOP wanted to actually reduce abortions then improving Sex Ed & making birth control options more readily available would be a better approach.

This is not how a democracy should function as well. Despicable behavior by Mike Ellis.

Senator Mike Ellis reminded me of someone else with anger and intolerance issues:

H/t: @garagemahal65

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AUDIO: Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) claims to not know what a trans-vaginal ultrasound is

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Wisconsin Dems caught  Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on tape saying he didn’t know what a trans-vaginal ultrasound was, which evoked laughter from his audience at a town hall meeting.

Per Raw Story and the audio, a woman asked Duffy whether he supported the Woman’s Right to Know her Unborn Child Act (yes, one of those b.s. names for a terrible bill). That lovely law would force a trans-vaginal ultrasound on any woman who chose to have an abortion. This bill is apparently a “priority” to Wisconsin GOP legislators who think unnecessary medical procedures that demean women is “long overdue.”

But back to Duffy. Does he support forcing one of these up a pregnant woman's vagina against her will?

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If you listen carefully, it sounds like his answer to that is, "I don't understand what a trans-vaginal ultrasound is," to which the woman, clearly stunned, says, "You don't?!"

I haven’t had one,” he remarked.

Ha. Ha. Ha. What a card. Here's an idea, Sean. Get the male version of one. Get a trans-rectal ultrasound and see if you still find it amusing.

And try reading news reports from, oh I dunno, the past couple of years?

I haven’t heard of it,” Duffy added. “And just like I told you I’m pro life, and I know that you are too, but I’m not willing to say I’ll support what you’re talking about because I haven’t seen the bill, even though we’re probably in agreement on that issue.”

So this guy is either woefully uninformed, willfully ignorant, or lying... and he's definitely not funny.

H/t: @Anomaly100

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GOP asks GAO for Planned Parenthood study, hoping to strip funding

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jobortion syndrome

gop letter to gao planned parenthood abortionLetter to the GAO

"Family Values" guy David Vitter, who favors corporations over sexual assault victims; who wants to defund Planned Parenthood; who was subpoenaed by the D.C. Madam and who has a diaper fetish, has joined forces with Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.) and Rep. Pete Olson (Texas) to-- what else?-- defund Planned Parenthood.

The Hill:

Dozens of Republicans in the House and Senate have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine how Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services are using taxpayer money.

Those spearheading the effort — Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.), Rep. Pete Olson (Texas) and Sen. David Vitter (La.) — are hoping the study confirms their suspicion that these groups are focusing more on abortion and less on other healthcare services. Black said this finding could be used to justify a reduction in federal funds to abortion providers.

Federal law already prohibits the use of taxpayer funding for abortion, and by trying to destroy Planned Parenthood, the GOP is actually destroying the lives of women who depend on these providers for health services of all kinds, including cancer screenings.

63 House Republicans also signed the letter, along with Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), James Risch (Idaho), and Tim Scott (S.C.).

Via .ecobumperstickers.com

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These so-called representatives of the people clearly suffer not only from tone deafness and serial hypocrisy, but also from Jobortion Syndrome. By the way, patriots, where exactly are those jobs opportunities you sworetogod you'd prioritize?

Meanwhile, state by GOP-run state, a whole lot of pro-forced birth is being forced on Americans the way vaginal ultrasounds are being forced up women's vaginas:

“Indiana Republicans up the ante: forcing women to have *two* vaginal ultrasounds.”

GOP Alabama Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin: “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body.”

VIDEO: GOP may want to talk about it less, but the War on Women is “coming to a state near you.”

CHART: Abortions are legal, but not accessible.

New Mexico bill would criminalize abortions after rape as “tampering with evidence”

VIDEO– Happy 40th Roe v. Wade! Lizz Winstead: “It’s our bodies, our choice, our lives. Hands off!” Marco Rubio disagrees.

Poll-itics: 70% would NOT like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, but that doesn’t stop states from making access to care impossible

VIDEO: Women’s rights under attack by anti-abortion extremists

Despite murder threats by anti-abortion extremists, new clinic aims to serve Kansas women.

Here we go again: Paul Ryan is cosponsoring another fetal personhood bill

Of course, Republicans deny that there is any kind of War on Women whatsoever.

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VIDEO: GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley: "Nothing can be done to your body without your permission." If only...

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small government my ass

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Circumventing the legal rights of women is the pro-forced birth method du jour, as you can see from the above video.

No War on Women, huh?

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“Indiana Republicans up the ante: forcing women to have *two* vaginal ultrasounds.”

GOP Alabama Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin: “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body.”

VIDEO: GOP may want to talk about it less, but the War on Women is “coming to a state near you.”

CHART: Abortions are legal, but not accessible.

New Mexico bill would criminalize abortions after rape as “tampering with evidence”

VIDEO– Happy 40th Roe v. Wade! Lizz Winstead: “It’s our bodies, our choice, our lives. Hands off!” Marco Rubio disagrees.

Poll-itics: 70% would NOT like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, but that doesn’t stop states from making access to care impossible

VIDEO: Women’s rights under attack by anti-abortion extremists

Despite murder threats by anti-abortion extremists, new clinic aims to serve Kansas women.

Here we go again: Paul Ryan is cosponsoring another fetal personhood bill

However, every now and then, it's amusing to see a top Republican senator inadvertently embrace Roe v. Wade:

Chuck Grassley:

"First of all, nothing can be done to your body without your permission... It’d be a violation of the constitutional right to privacy if that were to happen."

He didn't mean female bodies, clearly, considering Indiana is trying to force women to have *two* vaginal ultrasounds” without permission.

Nevertheless...

CHARITON, Iowa —During a town hall on Wednesday, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee embraced the reasoning behind the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing a woman’s choice to get an abortion, although he did not appear aware of the significance of his statement. [...]

The constitutional right to privacy that Grassley refers to is not explicitly stated in the Constitution, but Roe concluded that it is one of the liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, which provides that states many not “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

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