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.
"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?
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:
I've used the images below over and over again in my posts to point out habitual GOP hypocrisy; they seem especially appropriate now:
Wendy Davis is the true "right-to-lifer."
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.”
Back in February, we posted that the Obama administration clarified the contraception mandate to accommodate religious groups.
Then in September, Politico reported this:
The chamber further adopted a “conscience clause” that postpones until 2015 an Obamacare requirement that employers cover birth control as part of their health-insurance packages.
Yes, House Republicans did that, even though over half of the electorate are women. It was one more attempt to hold our government-- and the world economy-- hostage making a ridiculous laundry list of demands, including a “conscience clause.”
It is now October, and Paul Ryan (R-WI) has come out from under his rock. He said this in a private meeting with House Republicans, via WaPo:
Ryan, who stood up and railed against the Collins proposal, saying the House could not accept either a debt-limit bill or a government-funding measure that would delay the next fight until the new year.
According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange, Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as “leverage” for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a “conscience clause” — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
Think Progress put it this way: "Republicans in the lower chamber are still hoping to use the talks as “leverage” to limit women’s access to contraception."
The War on Women continues.
Hey GOP, how's that "outreach" thing workin' for ya?
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ignorant Fool):
"People are probably going to realize they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed."
There it is, your "reinvented" Republican party, always reaching out to Americans with that big, white helping hand.
Maybe Marsha, Marsha, Marsha should have taken a peek at the number of posts on the devastating effects the GOP government shutdown is having on this country, the reporting by newspapers and other online publications on how more and more Americans are struggling. It's a little staggering, but to Blackburn and her buddies... meh.
Here are but a few of the headlines out there:
And that's just for starters. Pretty appalling, huh?
But to Marsha, all of that is good news.
A Nebraska anti-choice bill states that anyone under 18 who wants to have an abortion needs written permission from a parent or guardian or she can't have it. She would be blocked from getting an abortion.
Written consent from a parent or guardian is required.
A 16-year-old foster child in Nebraska requested to get an abortion without consent, but she can't, because her parents no longer have the right to be considered her parents. They abused her, so their parental rights were stripped by the state.
The teen felt she couldn't support a child financially or "be the right mom that she would like to be" and felt she needed to end the pregnancy, but no parents were available to give written consent.
Watch the video for more details, but the upshot is this:
A male judge was the one to decide for this high school student whether or not she could have an abortion, because she wasn't "sufficiently mature and well informed enough" to decide on her own. So, again, if you live in Nebraska and you're under 18 and pregnant, you are forced to give birth against your will.
If you're under 18 and pregnant, Nebraskan legislators think you're too immature to have an abortion, but apparently not too immature to be forced to become a mother.
Abortion in Nebraska is legal for adults, but not for this teenager, because see, she was beaten up and neglected by her family, so the state made the decision for her.
And now, in addition to coping with her violent past, she must carry her pregnancy to full term, go through the trauma of a delivery and any possible complications, put the baby up for adoption, because, see, she's mature enough to handle all that-- all while trying to keep up with school and life in general-- but not grown up enough to decide what to do with her own body.
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