Repro Wrap: “Uncle Sugar” Wants to Give You the Pill and Other News
Former Arkansas Governor and aspiring Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has apparently missed the memo that the GOP is supposed to be learning to talk to women rather than about them. In a recent speech to the Republican National Committee, Huckabee explained to participants that unlike Democrats, Republicans are battling a war FOR women, to help them understand that they are more than just their “uncontrolled libido.”
“I think it’s time for Republicans to no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a war on women. Because the fact is, the Republicans don’t have a war on women. They have a war FOR women,” said Huckabee. “For them to be empowered; to be something other than victims of their gender. Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have a government provide for them birth control medication. Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything anyone else can do. Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war ON them, it’s a war FOR them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing or them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it, let’s take that discussion all across America because women are far more than Democrats have made them to be. And women across America have to stand up and say, Enough of that nonsense.”
Huckabee’s hatred of “Uncle Sugar” is a new development. Back in 2005, when he was governor, he wrote a contraception mandate for the state of Arkansas, and he didn’t allow any exceptions for religious employers or companies, either. However, that was pre-Tea Party, before there was massive fundraising to be gained by opposing the Affordable Care Act, and before he was on the road to a GOP presidential nomination.
Of course, this week was the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and the 40th anniversary of the March for Life, where anti-abortion activists gather to mourn the ruling that allowed pregnant people to have access to legal, safe abortion regardless of the state they live in, rather than turn to back alley remedies. Unsurprisingly, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann wants the country to acknowledge all of the “babies” lost, which result in the “population of Minnesota 10 times over.” I must say, that may top the “we’ve lost at least 50 geniuses and a whole lot of people to contribute to social security” rhetoric of this letter writer.
Although most people, even those who identify as pro-life, believe that abortion should be allowed if a person has become pregnant as a result of sexual assault, extreme anti-choice activists aren’t going to let that be an option. To help draw people to their side, they are highlighting “conceived in rape” cases to draw support for all out, no exception bans. Yet at the same time, they are also demanding that the conversation not be allowed to be framed around these rape exceptions. Confused? Me, too.
A federal judge had ruled that North Carolina’s mandatory ultrasound law is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech. Also, a restriction on emergency contraception access has been ruled unconstitutional in Oklahoma. The restriction is similar to that being proposed now in Mississippi. Meanwhile, despite pushing to restrict access to EC for teens, the Governor of Mississippi has declared in his state of the state address that, “We believe that every Mississippian deserves to be born into a mature, two-parent family.” His battle against birth control access, abortion providers and comprehensive sex ed in classrooms may get in the way of that.
Abortions exist because pregnant people are “lonely” and need friends, according to anti-choice activists. Because I can think of no one I would rather have befriend me when I’m pregnant than people yelling at me, calling me a murderer.
Utah is too busy fighting gay marriage to try to pass an all out ban on abortion. Nebraska wants to put large signs in abortion clinic offices reminding people that it is illegal to coerce someone into an abortion. West Virginia’s anti-choice Attorney General is declaring that abortion is legal in the state “up until birth,” implying that pregnant people are terminating pregnancies a day before they are due. Kentucky hasn’t managed to pass any anti-choice bills yet, but with just five seats to flip before the legislature becomes majority Republican, bills like the “abortion is domestic violence” amendment could become a reality.
Clinic protesters are already incumbering a person’s access to abortion providers. What’s worse, in Vermont, they are trying to take up the available parking spaces, too. Others are taking graphic photos to elementary schools, because that’s how you show how much you love children.
The Supreme Court won’t give a ruling on the constitutionality of buffer zones until June, but they have agreed to take up another abortion-related case, regarding whether or not it is allowable to lie about the voting record of candidates in ads. The case revolves around the anti-choice political action group Susan B. Anthony List, who claimed a pro-life Democrat supported abortion because he voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Considering the courts have already ruled that “lies” are allowable in abortion regulation as long as the person who writes it believes they are telling the truth, this could be a rough precedent for those who value honesty in politics.
Kansas wants to ban surrogate pregnancy, and the bill may potentially restrict in vitro fertilization, too. How’s that for pro-life? And a number of states have passed “FDA regimen” medication abortion rules, stating that doctors can only provide RU-486 if they do it as prescribed by the outdated rules the FDA mandated. We already knew the proposal was meant to make abortion more expensive and cumbersome. Now we see there is an ulterior motive — the FDA protocol doesn’t work as well, either.
While the U.S. is continuing to do everything it can to eliminate reproductive rights, France is working on expanding them, as well as adding more paternity leave, and gender parity in their legislative branch.
Now that is supporting women.
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