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After Banning Almost All Abortions, Arkansas GOP Targets Birth Control

After Banning Almost All Abortions, Arkansas GOP Targets Birth Control

What does a hard-right state legislature do after passing the most restrictive abortion law in the country? It goes after family planning programs, naturally.

It’s not called the “forced birth” movement for nothing.

Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert, the Tea Party brains behind the 12-week ban just passed by the Arkansas legislature, is now proposing legislation that would cut all public funding to Planned Parenthood. Like other states such as Arizona and Texas, Rapert wants to cut any state or federal funds from going toward any entity that performs abortions. Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform any surgical abortions in Arkansas, but it does distribute abortion pills in the state.

The bill, if passed, would cut off funds for non-abortion services like sex education programs that educate students about sexually transmitted disease. And while Rapert is not working directly with Arkansas Right to Life, the group is pushing a bill that would ban the distribution of RU-486 or other medication abortions via webcam, making accessing reproductive health care in the state nearly impossible for some women.

Arkansas only has one clinic that performs surgical abortions left open.

Planned Parenthood officials vowed to fight the legislation. “For many Arkansas women we care for, we are the only health care provider they rely on every year for affordable care including well woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, contraception, and STD prevention,” said Jill June, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. “Planned Parenthood will fight this dangerous bill just as we fought Senator Rapert’s abortion ban – politics should never come between a woman and her medical care.”

Rapert’s singular focus on abortion rights is not that much of a surprise. He won re-election last year after defeating a Democratic lawmaker who had chaired the House committee that previously rejected several anti-abortion measures during the 2011 session. Rapert is another lawmaker in the mold of Todd Akin, descendants of the days of clinic terrorism, misogynists with an undivided focus on beating back women’s progress toward social and economic equality any way they can.

 

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11:16AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

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under worse circumstances only greatful to have a job at all. This is a win for corporations and the military.

Those gnarled old warlords don't give a SHIT about babies or women or so called "life". They only want more people brought into this world to control and exploit for their own gain.

11:11AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Some thoughts about the motives behind criminalizing abortion and cutting off access to birth control...

1) Strips women of the bodily autonomy that men enjoy their whole lives.
2) Turns women into baby making machines that will inevitably end in women staying home to take care of their hordes of children, shutting them out of public life once again and rendering them financially dependent on men.
3) It will be next to impossible for professional women to gain any position of influence or power if they are having children every couple of years.
4) Sex will become a thing of stress and fear for women once again, undermining their sexuality which is a huge element to a person's wholeness and success.
5) Shifts the small amount of power women gained, back to men.
6) The median age of Americans is in the 40s while the median age in the Middle East is in the 20s. The military needs to compete with the birth rates of its present and any future enemies to have a strong, young, thriving military.
7) Cutting coverage for birth control will overwhelmingly affect the lower income women, who's children are the ideal cannon fodder (In the eyes of aging, white politicians). They don't want to be recruiting privileged, upper class children to fight on the front lines... they are being groomed to take over the system.
8) With an uncontrolled population, there will be fierce competition for jobs... people will be willing to work for less, under worse circumstances only greatful

11:43PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

I hate living in Arizona and I hate Republicans.

5:37PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Logically, one of the most effective ways to prevent abortion is to support access to methods of birth control. The fact that so many of those vehemently opposed to access to medically safe abortion also oppose access to birth control suggests that they are not thinking logically at all but rather are operating out of an obsessional need to control the behavior of others who do not think the same way they do.

6:29PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Hi All! I'm a bit late today.

It is amusing how religious people (even the less fanatic ones) cannot comprehend the concept of doing anything for unselfish reasons.

For example, they can't believe a man would support women's reproductive rights unless he wants to get rid of an unwanted fetus/s he created.

While screaming about the "rights" of unborn humans who cannot feel anything, they fail to fathom the monumental suffering they inflict on those who CAN feel pain & fear; animals, children, homosexuals.

They absolutely cannot wrap their head around the concept of helping living beings just for their sake, with no expectation of reward or fear of punishment.

I often wonder if religion breeds stupidity/cruelty, or stupid people cling to religion. (Chicken or egg?)

11:59AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

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10:22AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Suba G. I have yet to get one of the antichoice(prolife) to explain how a z/e/f should supersede a woman rights. I have had the Declaration of Independence used as a justification. Even though that very fine historical document has no weight on the Constitution. The DoI being an Instrument of War makes the case even more cloudy as to how that would justify or even give precedence to a what is essentially tissue. That has only a possibility, with no guarantees, of ever gestating to a full term.

I have even been told that because a z/e/f is innocent it should be protected.. Which only raises another question.. Are there bad z/e/f and if so do they run in gangs and wear leather coats. Just asking..

I have carefully studied the Constitution. [B]een guided by the finest minds on the Supreme Court of past and present through their Decisions and papers. I have yet to find one Supreme Justice that has ever agreed that a z/e/f is a person or should be protected as such. A further study into the Constitutional scholars that have had any say on this issue.

[H]as revealed that such thinking on the subject of granting a z/e/f any rights or privileges as though it were a person. Is only found on the outer fringes and only with in the mid to latter part of the 20th century. That any that has tried to base their opinions on a past precedents did so by taking large leaps past the author(s) words. Taking them so out of context as to leave the Decision(s) or paper(s) as unrecognizable

9:22AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Michele H.

"There should be ZERO funding for ANY entity that performs abortion AKA MURDERS innocent life."

As usual you fail to explain how an unborn human life supersedes all else, including the fate of that unborn human once it's born, AND the welfare of all other living beings who are already born.

Furthermore, if you wish to prevent abortions, why would you cut funding to PP? Lack of contraception and sex education would INCREASE unwanted pregnancies, & therefore increase abortions (legal or illegal).

9:00AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Good morning Kevin.

I am confused about something: If pro-lifers believe that killing a fetus is the equivalent to murder...

Then why do they not advocate that women that miscarry be jailed or executed for murder???

8:58AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

How do these dumb-asses get into power?

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