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Another Anti-Vasectomy Bill Surfaces

Another Anti-Vasectomy Bill Surfaces

Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson (D-Forrest Park) was the force behind the “every sperm is sacred” amendment to the Personhood Act is making the point yet again that attacks on women’s health has to stop.

Johnson’s newest amendment is attached to SB1274 a bill that would force a woman to hear the heartbeat of her unborn fetus before she can get an abortion. The amendment bans vasectomies unless the vasectomy is intended to “avert the death of the man or avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the man.”

Jonhson and her female colleagues across the country have been left with no other choice than to bring amendment after amendment to call out the ridiculous assault on women’s health.

In Georgia, eight of the nine female senators walked out in protest over the attacks on women’s right. The protest came after the Senate passed restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions and contraceptives.

In Washington, twelve female Senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) demanding he drop his promise to hold a vote on the House version of the Blunt Amendment. That version has over 200 Republican co-sponsors and Boehner had vowed to bring it to the floor.

It’s encouraging to see this kind of upswell of resistance but what it really does is underscore the fact that to end this assault we need to elect more pro-choice women.

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2:18AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Bring on more pro-choice women!!! I will vote for them.

4:59PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Cut them coolies!

1:38PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

While I most definitely agree that women should be able to have abortions (only up to a certain point, the 6 months limit in the UK I think is totally wrong,& if there is a good reason) as I believe it is preferable to be aborted than unwanted & neglected (although adoption is always a possibilty!!) and as other posters have said, what if you're raped. I also feel I have to state the point that is always overlooked about the issue. We hear how women have the right to choose, it;s their bodies etc but what about fathers in this situation? Why when a woman decides she wants to abort her husband/partner's child does he not get a say in the matter & yet if a woman gets pregnant & the father doesn't want anything to do with it he's forced to pay & support th child anyway? Just always struck me as rather unfair to me. Sounds a bit like anti man discrimination to me. Perhaps it's just me!

5:02AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

I have a question for Lois B. Lois, if you have a sister, what if she was raped? and not ready for a baby? it's wrong to force her to have it right? I understand your point as well but what about these parents that are killing their children now? What about them?

10:34PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

I'm impressed that good women are fighting back against the attacks by, mostly Republican, men against a woman's ability to make her own health care choices. These amendments certainly make statements about the absurdity of men trying to control women's bodies. As the expression goes, "You go girl!"

8:31PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

No! We do not need to elect more "pro-choice" women. There is no choice! Abortion is out and out murder! And if you don't know this, then your heart is cold as ice! How can anybody allow a woman to murder her baby? It is sick, and it is wrong! It should be outlawed!

9:59PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

"You cannot currently send a star to Gali because you have done so within the last week."

Gali, Thank you for what you said to Dan O. You saved me a post!

9:57PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Makes a point, but only to those who are ironic enough to realize it.

9:52PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Ooops! I missed the point.
Senator Constance Johnson is one of the good guys.
I apologise for flaming the Good Senator.

I go put my dagger away for now.



9:41PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Ah good! Now the GOP is sniffing into men's shorts!

I wonder if men will find it as offensive as do women, now that the shoe is on the warpath for the other foot.

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