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House GOP Again Target DC Women For Abortion Restrictions

House GOP Again Target DC Women For Abortion Restrictions

Since they haven’t made much progress restricting abortion access uniformly at the federal House Republicans have decided to have another go with restricting abortions in the District of Columbia.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) announced plans to author the District of Columbia Respect for Life and Conscience Act of 2012. The bill would require minors in D.C. to obtain parental consent before having an abortion, prohibits non-doctors from performing abortions and provides conscience protections for individuals and health care facilities in D.C. that refuse to perform abortions.

“The right to life is sacred and undeniable,” Amash wrote on his congressional website. “It is the proper role of government to protect life, and it is unconscionable for government to sanction the taking of helpless and innocent life.”

On Tuesday D.C’s lone representative, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) blasted Amash’s plans and ongoing efforts by the GOP to restrict abortions solely in the District. “Rep. Amash is spending time in the House meddling in my district, instead of attending to the needs of his own constituents,” she wrote in a statement. “His bill would overturn our local laws with no accountability to our residents.” Norton continued “Above all, the anti-choice, D.C.-only bills reveal a lack of courage to put forward the same abortion bills for the entire country,” she added. “Neither Representative Amash or any other autocratic member of Congress will get a free pass when trying to bully the District with bills they dare not introduce for the nation.”

Good for Del. Norton for calling out House Republicans here. Too bad it won’t stop the nonsense.

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8:56PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Amash is at it again. Somebody should smash Amash.

11:36PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

a few weeks ago it was a republican/tea party member from Arizona trying to force his personal views onto the women in D.C and denied the lone woman, Ms. Norton who does not have the same powers as the other congress critters to even have a vote to protest this or a voice as they deny her the right to stand up and even give a woman's voice any time.

Why do these men, who clearly ignore the fact that they are denying women the medical care they should have whether she aborts or continues in her pregnancy. They republicans lie when they claim all life is sacred and it is and the taking of innocent and helpless lives if taboo. yet once born, or the children already here now or the disabled or elderly or poor, it is find to let them starve, lack the medical care they might need or even care if Americans can find a job to support their families and then don't forget all those helpless and innocent lives when it comes to their never-ending wars around the world. Unfortunately the latest attack on women in D.C. is from an idiot in my state.He is an embarrassment to me.

4:03PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

everyone has made very good comments. they say that execution in prison is cruel my question then is why should i continue to carry my child to term and give birth to it when 3 months ago my doctor tells me that it is no longer living. is that not cruel to do to a mother? would you want to continue to carry and then give birth only to know when you go into labor you no what the result is going to be? is that not cruel? i would want and need the choice to do what i thought was best for my body, my mental state, for my life. i worked at an abortion clinic for 3 years. i never thought of it as job or evil thing, i held many many hands and rubbed many a stomach. the ages were 18 to 56. when i left there i took with me a stack of cards that through the years women had sent me to thank me for being there and for not judging them. i do not believe that abortion should be used as birth control. should these women have chose to use clothes hangers, jump off two story buildings, drink bleach. if they take our right to choice away women will resort to doing these things and going to dark alleys, getting infections and dying. all my life i was told not to say that, dress like this. it just irked me. no one has the right to tell me how to live, what to do, what to say and certainly no one has the right to tell me what or whatnot to do with my body. i am the only person who knows me and has the right to do what i please as long as it does harm anyone or anything.

3:54PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Maybe the GOP will stop it's numerous and relentless attacks on women a few days before the November election and then count on Americans' short attention spans to forget all about it.

3:03PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

First I did not set out to hurt your families because someone hurt mine...it seems to me that you will all do that without me...secondly....I have no problem with this conscience bit...my conscience tells me to tell women to shape up.....and you women don't have to be un-boring to the media crap around you......there are millions of fun things to do without playing with invisible crapola.....DC IS A FOREIGN CITY TO ME...SO IS SEATTLE....SOMEONE WHO LIVED IN SEATTLE FOR A SHORT TIME TOLD ME THAT THE CITY ACTED LIKE A FOREIGN COUNTRY...NEXT TO IT.....women need to tell me that they want more respect without being prigs about it......so therefore your global market place in DC is not what you expected it to be...if DC and global market places had their way they would kill us for having fun at a wedding ...like the four women were killed in Pakistan for being filmed having fun not flirting with men but sitting clapping to music and acting decently...the global market would c.... on all of us if possible and the global market also forces our families to act non-christian towards each other....

2:58PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

thx

1:40PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

If “the right to life is sacred and undeniable,” why does the US have capital punishment? (or do people like Amash think government's role is capitol punishment of women & minorities?)

1:36PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Okay, ladies and gents (and you may quote me), all together now;
Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember

1:31PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

{{{ Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) announced plans to author the District of Columbia Respect for Life and Conscience Act of 2012.}}}}

They have no respect for life.

{{{ “The right to life is sacred and undeniable,” Amash wrote on his congressional website. “It is the proper role of government to protect life, and it is unconscionable for government to sanction the taking of helpless and innocent life.”}}}

Tell that to the 4,000+ troops who lost their lives in and illegal war.

Steve R
“You brought it on yourselves because you didn't know when to be satisfied with what you had.”

You mean when women weren’t allowed to work outside the home, own property, vote, were told to remain in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant? Yeah, man, do I miss those days boy howdee.

John M
“With abstinence,nothing else is needed!!!”

Cept a magazine and some nice smelling powder.

{{{ Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) announced plans to author the District of Columbia Respect for Life and Conscience Act of 2012.}}}}

They have no respect for life.

{{{ “The right to life is sacred and undeniable,” Amash wrote on his congressional website. “It is the proper role of government to protect life, and it is unconscionable for government to sanction the taking of helpless and innocent life.”}}}

Tell that to the 4,000+ troops and millions of innocent Iraqi’s who lost their lives in an illegal war.

12:23PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

“The right to life is sacred and undeniable,” Amash wrote on his congressional website. “It is the proper role of government to protect life, and it is unconscionable for government to sanction the taking of helpless and innocent life.”
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And that's why we send drones to kill women and children attending weddings and funerals in Afghanistan! That's why we napalmed whole villages in Vietnam, and why we killed so many civilians in Iraq. It's because we love life so much! ..... Oh, wait....


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