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Conservatives Just Getting Started With Abortion Restrictions

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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2:20AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:51PM PST on Feb 3, 2013
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!!

2:39PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

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.

6:59AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

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

6:43AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Sarah H: Why are unborn babies more important than living babies, or any other living humans? Why do Christians promote killing and abuse of living humans (and animals) while making such a fuss about unborn humans?

5:07AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

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.

4:42AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

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

4:32PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thanks Susan! :)

2:17PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

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

1:34PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

The religious right want to make abortion illegal only because it is a "women's rights" issue. If fetuses happened to be running free like wild animals, they'll have contests to see who can shoot the most fetuses, & put them up on their walls like trophies. (You don't see them in a big hurry to stop child labor or child trafficking).

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