Conservatives Just Getting Started With Abortion Restrictions

Republicans may have publicly promised a softer tone when it comes to reproductive rights, but in states across the country the opposite is proving true. First Ohio resurrected their crusade to kill Planned Parenthood funding. Now Wisconsin and Arkansas anti-choicers are insisting legislators push even more restrictions in their respective states.

In Arkansas Republicans are considering a host of new abortion-related restrictions, including a ban on the use of telemedicine, which makes medical abortions more accessible to rural women. Republicans in the state are also looking to introduce their version of a 20 week abortion ban and another that would ban most abortions from being covered through the federal health insurance exchanges created under Obamacare. Last session the state senate passed the restriction but it was tabled by a House committee once it was amended to allow exemptions for rape and incest.

Wisconsin anti-abortion activists had a slew of victories last legislative session and now they are back for more. According to reports, Wisconsin Right to Life will push lawmakers in the state to pass a mandatory ultrasound law, a 20 week abortion ban, a measure that would prevent any state employee from using state health care plans to access abortion care and a bill that would prevent “sex-selection” abortions.

What do these states have in common, besides a rabid anti-choice coalition? They are all controlled by Republicans at every level of the state government which means, despite campaign promises to create economic growth and get state budgets under control, we can expect to see legislative sessions focused on restricting women’s rights and passing legislation that will only create jobs for those attorneys defending these bills in court.

It also means that, despite voters overwhelmingly rejecting the anti-woman platform of the GOP that the party remains beholden to social conservatives at its own peril. The dust may have just settled in the 2012 elections but within a few short months many candidates will begin preparing for the 2014 midterms and voters should too. This last election sent a clear message that legislating against women’s interests is no way to keep a job, but it’s a message that voters will need to reinforce in the next two years. Until it is just no longer tenable for any elected official to claim to be a reasonable, moderate conservative while going along with the agenda of the right’s most extreme elements, these bills will not go away. And if these bills do not go away women and their families have no security that their rights will survive through the next election.


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Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Virginia C.
Virginia C.3 years ago
I started this petition to help protect the innocent victims of the crimes of rape and incest. We now have a female republican in NM who is trying to pass a law to FORCE victims who get pregnant to have the baby or go to jail for 3 years!! If they {republicans} would allow hospital rape kits these women/girls wouldn't ever GET pregnant. Republicans consider even the removal of sperm for a DNA test an abortion! Above and beyond all that, if a baby DOES happen from rape/incest it is LEGAL FOR THE RAPIST TO GET CUSTODY! A woman has to allow shared visitation or even lose custody to the RAPIST; this is legal in 31 states unless we stop it NOW. Don't let women and girls be victimized forever by this oversight. What of the poor child, finding out they were a product of rape, being alone with a rapist! This needs to stop. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!!

Jennifer U.
Jennifer A.3 years ago

Even if Republicans were to have their way with restricting abortion for women, I sincerely hope that the people will stand up and fight against the injustice of taking away someone's right to choose what happens to their own bodies.

Susan Allen
SusanAWAY Allen3 years ago

Oh Sarah H., you know it's not nice to lie. Isn't that against your religion or something?

JACarlton Author
jill c.3 years ago

Rosemary G and Suba G - you're both absolutely right!

For the wrong wing tealiban it's not about caring for the unborn it's about control! It's got nothing to do with "murder" being wrong, it's got everything to do with "Do as I say not as I do!"

And not a single one of them will understand why they're agents of their own "devil" whom they worship so devoutly, until realization dawns in that final moment of consciousness when the veil of ignorance is finally swept away, only too late to do any good for the people who continue to live.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

Suba, your comment was ridiculous! Christians are against abortion because it kills unborn babies, period!

Susan Allen
SusanAWAY Allen3 years ago

You cannot currently send a star to Suba because you have done so within the last week. I owe ya one :) Great comment!

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Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley3 years ago

Sigh. They'll never change in their outdated ideas. Their only problem is that women are determined to protect their right to choose.

john casablanca
john casablanca3 years ago

Conservatives, GOP. all religions believe in what you want, just don't attempt to force your
beliefs upon others, they will rebel against you.All these anti abortion groups are entitled to
their beliefs just as others are. However, instead of insisting, maneuvering, being hostile to
others who don't believe as you, when are you going to come up with solutions, ie; caring
about the mental and physical health of the woman giving birth, who is going to raise and love
this child as though it were their own (in the event the woman would give the child up for
adoption, for any reason)who is going to pay for the child's food, clothing, education and all
the other financial considerations in raising a child. It sure isn't the CONSERVATIVES, GOP
OR RELIGIOUS GROUPS, all they can say to any WOMAN - IS NO ABORTION. How about, you the anti abortion groups become part of the solution instead of being the problem.
John C./Houston, Tx.