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That Massive GOP Elephant in the Womb Lumbers Into Kansas. Agin'.

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

I don't know about the rest of you liberal dames and the gents who honorably defend us, but I've had ENOUGH of the GOP slash TeaNut asshattery standing their ground in our collective uterus.

Regressives have found a deep pocket of flat-lander Teabangelical cray cray in the great state of Kansas, and it spikes as high on the Boots On the Necks of Women Scale of Shame as tyrannical old white men can aspire to. [Hang onto your knickers ladies, they are about to get an Atomic Twist.]

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TJWomenVotingRepublicanIn this scarifying corner of the American heartland, the conservative attack on women, our lady parts and modernity in general has limboed to a new low. Meet House Bill 2613, which will force every woman who has just suffered the agony of a miscarriage to get the stillborn fetus an official Birth Certificate to provide to the nearest Sugar Daddy in Gub'Mint. [The ones the Regressives want out of their lives but into women's vaginas.]

Alternet does their level best to explain this latest insult to our intelligence. Excerpts below.

House Bill 2613 was an attempt to give grieving families the opportunity to obtain a “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth” rather than a certificate of death. And that’s all it was supposed to do. GOP Rep. John Doll hoped that the bill wouldn’t become embroiled in his party’s fight over abortion. But one Senate Republican couldn’t let the legislation pass without turning it into a threat against women across the state.

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Frank Bleeping Baum wouldn't recognize Kansas. They don't leave it there, oh no -- time to persecute and prosecute women for miscarrying.

Breeding is their purpose for breathing, after all. [And if abortion is banned, you know those loose women and their crazy libidos are going to self-Abort- Abort-Abort.] 

In short, the bill would force doctors to report women who have a miscarriage to the state. They would have their names entered into a database that state officials could use as a tool to go on witch hunts. The privacy of these women would be violated. The nightmare scenario is that women would be investigated by the state and could be arrested and jailed for miscarriages. Such a law would undoubtedly cause many women to not seek medical attention.

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Every woman with an un-White-Washed brain is clicking her heels in increasing desperation. Listen hard, you can hear them ... and we cannot let down the dames in the sickest Red states, fellow libs. The midterms are vital.

Vote these tyrannical asses out of our vaginas. There's entirely too much unsolicited traffic in here already ladies, and we need to take back our own ports of authority and shut some tunnels down like Chris Christie was paying us overtime to.

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Women again asking partners to beat them, "much like pre-Roe." Laws don't prevent abortions.

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Unless you've been hibernating for the past few years, you are well aware of how the GOP has been successfully denying women their reproductive rights by retrofitting this country with pre-Roe v. Wade legislation. How's that power trip outreach thing workin' for ya?

Check out the image below from The Rachel Maddow Show that lists some of the restrictions set by mostly white, male Republicans, the same Republicans who insist that Big Government is a very bad, intrusive, commie pinko thing... unless it forces women to do whatever mostly white, male Republicans want them to do with their bodies. Powerful legislators are making choices for women, choices that women should and can make for themselves:

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Access to health care services has been severed with increasing and alarming frequency. Now women must seek help from those unqualified to provide safe, legal medical procedures. Even more disturbing: women are so desperate that they are trying to perform abortions themselves, without doctors, resulting in trauma, injury, and even death.

None of this is necessary. None of these new laws prevent women from terminating their pregnancies. Instead, it causes patients to resort to dangerous, even fatal methods. So to all you "pro-lifers" out there, lives aren't being saved, they're being lost, because you are forcing scores of clinics to close. Here's Maddow's exclusive reporting from Texas:

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Amy Hagstrom Miller, Whole Women's Health founder in McAllen, Texas:

"We're also seeing more and more women take matters into their own hands... People go over the border, they get medication to try to self-induce abortion, and so sometimes they'll come to us afterward for an ultrasound, to see if they're still pregnant. Sometimes they'll be actively bleeding... So we saw an increase in self-induction... With flea markets, with crossing the border...

The sad thing is, with the misuse of the medication, something that is actually pretty safe, women could really do harm to themselves not knowing what they're doing...

We have seen women putting things into their vagina trying to dilate their cervix, we've seen people ask their partner to beat them, just the same stories we heard pre-Roe. We've seen people doing douching with Coke or douching with Lysol... It's very much like pre-Roe...

This law didn't do anything to prevent the need for abortion... We just blocked their access to getting it safely... It's obvious we're gonna have a public health problem on our hands."

Lucy Carreon, patient advocate:

"It's unthinkable that a complete stranger, whether it's an individual or a group such as the Supreme Court, you know, they can make such a personal decision for someone that they don't even know. That's crazy."

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GOP health care proposal "should be shunned like a bad disease."

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Before I get into Michael Hiltzik's consistently excellent health care columns over at the Los Angeles Times (this time regarding the Affordable Care Act), you must, must, must link over to this post by The Rude Pundit. It's about the new CBO report and the usual GOP willfully misleading spin. He totally skewers the right wing talking points like nobody else can. Go. Now. Yes, that's an order. I'll wait.

*tapping foot, looking at watch* Oh good, you're back. It was worth the trip over, wasn't it? Lee kicked major GOP ass while being informative in an easy-to-understand way that even conservatives can follow. Well, at least some of the less mentally deficient ones.

But back to Hiltzik. He continues where Rude left off in a new column here. Please give that a read, too.

Meantime, since we're on the subject of how Republicans gleefully lie and misinform America about the Affordable Care Act, Michael Hiltzik rips into the GOP health care plan, describing it as offering "less coverage, less choice, less access." I'm sorry, did I refer to it as a health care plan? My bad.

Here are some excerpts, but they're not going to do Hiltzik's column justice, so hop over and read it all here:

The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act ("CARE") bears the names of Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah). It preserves some of the things people like about the Affordable Care Act--insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, for example--but does so in a way that's guaranteed to fail most of those affected. Among other things, it eliminates minimum coverage standards written into the ACA, including items like maternity coverage, which will inevitably make insurance more expensive for women relative to men.

Oh those sly Republicans, going out of their way to alienate women again. They can't seem to grasp the concept of, you know, outreach.

And did you catch their tried and true use of a word that means the opposite of what their measure (it's not even a bill yet) represents? "CARE". Seriously?

Moving on:

[T]wo provisions perpetuate two issues with the Affordable Care Act most often cited by its critics: people discovering they can't see their previous doctors or go to their choice of hospitals; and older enrollees being confronted with sticker shock at the premiums on exchange-issued individual plans. The CARE Act acknowledges that narrow provider networks are a fact of life in the healthcare market, and allows higher premiums for older consumers than the ACA.

What's that word again? Oh yeah:

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The GOP plan cuts off premium subsidies at 300% of the poverty line, compared to 400% for the ACA. That means millions of Americans would be left without financial assistance provided by Obamacare. The Republicans would exclude all non-citizens from financial assistance, even those here legally; since nearly 20% of the uninsured are non-citizens, that's another huge exclusion.

And wait until you see what they do to the extremely popular part of President Obama's health care plan that covers pre-existing conditions.

Doesn't all this sound swell? Apparently Burr, Coburn, and Hatch think so.

In sum, the CARE Act is a bill of rights for health insurers and an unaffordable invoice for millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans. The analysis by the Center for Health and Economy says that by 2023 it would cover 244 million people; but the Congressional Budget office says the ACA will cover 256 million.

From the GOP standpoint, the bill's virtue lies in those words "choice," "responsibility" and "empowerment," which are Republican shibboleths. But it undermines the affordability and accessibility of health insurance in countless ways, and it should be shunned like a bad disease.

Bad disease, indeed. There's only one way we can inoculate ourselves against that: Vote Republicans out of office, stat!

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Wisconsin state Dem senator expects "all out hell" on GOP abortion bills

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Anti-abortion, pro-forced birth bills are moving right along in Wisconsin's state Senate, and Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach will do everything he can to prevent them... loudly and clearly.

If his name sounds familiar, it's because he was also very vocal during the enormous protests against Gov. Scott Walker a couple of years back.

The typically anti-choice, invasive, War on Women bills in question would:

--Ban abortions "that are solely based on whether the fetus is male or female,"  (AKA sex selection) but Democrats don't think Wisconsin needs a bill like that at all since there are very few, if any, of those procedures that are even performed.

--Prevent public workers' health insurance plans from covering abortions and exempt religious organizations from providing insurance coverage for contraceptives. Contraceptives would be available if they're needed for something other than birth control. This bill is the biggie.

Via Madison.com:

"Their morals are fine for them but not for the rest of the state," Erpenbach said after the hearing. "Government intrusion like this is shocking."... When asked after the hearing how he expected Tuesday's debate to play out, Erpenbach said, "All out hell. Seriously."

Republicans control the Senate 18-15. Gov. Scott Walker has said he supports both bills and will sign them into law once they pass.

Notice the report doesn't say "if they pass."

The hypocrisy by Republicans is astounding. They scream "Small government!" but their version of "small government" becomes hugely intrusive when it suits them."Governor Ultrasound" ring a bell? Sure, government is just small enough to fit into our vaginas.

Memo to Republicans: My body, my choice. Stay the hell out of my uterus and my birth control methods, GOP. Clear?

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small government my ass

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You know who is really and truly pro-life? TX Dem gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

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Via the Dallas Morning News, we get to see Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis turn the old "pro-life" talking point around on right wing, pro-forced birth activists. Take that!

Via Taegan, because the Dallas Morning News is subscription only:

"I am pro-life. I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children's future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else."

As you may recall, Wendy Davis stood on her pink-sneakered feet for eleven hours filibustering fighting against this:

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I've used the images below over and over again in my posts to point out habitual GOP hypocrisy; they seem especially appropriate now:

Via .ecobumperstickers.com

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Wendy Davis is the true "right-to-lifer."

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VIDEO: Trick or treat! Kids get anti-abortion propaganda in their Halloween bags

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Dear Trick or Treaters,

Here is a bonus trick for you! A little something that Mommy and Daddy can read to you at bedtime:

"I am a human being.”

“53 million killed.”

There now, isn't that special?

Trick or treat, Albuquerque children! Message courtesy of cards from the Right to Life movement.

More like Right to Propagandize, Right to Politicize Halloween, or Right to Traumatize unsuspecting, impressionable little kids.

Via KRQE News 13:

“I am not a clump of cells," the card with an image of a fetus proclaims. Another one asks “Am I not human?”

We just noticed these cards attached to certain candies and started pulling them off, and we were pretty shocked to see that kind of stuff targeted at kids,” one parent, Frank Valdez, told local news affiliate KRQE News 13. “They’re forcing an agenda on little kids, pretty much.”

Think Progress has more.

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