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Women handily voted for Obama, vetoed extreme anti-choicers and listed abortion as an important issue in exit polls. But in several states, GOPers seemed not to get the message. At all. Some of them are continuing to fight the same battles, in some-->

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Kit B. (276)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:32 am
(Photo: Chelsea Phillips / Flickr)

The 2012 election was meant to be a referendum on, among other things, the tide of Republican extremism that swept reproductive rights to the edge of existence in many states between 2010 and 2012. Although the Tea Party was allegedly given votes in the midterms to address financial issues, abortion restriction and defunding Planned Parenthood immediately rose to the top of the new Republican priority list.

That was all supposed to end with this election--but did it?

This absurd period of legislative history that became dubbed the “war on women” (though it affected people of all genders) culminated in this year's notorious spate of comments from Tea Party-approved candidates about rape -- legitimate, god-willed or otherwise -- and resulted in the biggest anti-misogynist backlash at the ballot box we’ve seen in a long time.

Women handily voted for Obama, vetoed extreme anti-choicers and listed abortion as an important issue in exit polls. But in several states, GOPers seemed not to get the message. At all. Some of them are continuing to fight the same battles, in some cases putting women’s access at risk.

Could it be because they have no ideas besides digging back into the “dump on women’s rights” bag of tricks?

1. Ohio. Right away during Ohio's lame duck session, members of the state GOP decided that it might be a good idea to revive some battles they lost, like the dangerous and restrictive “heartbeat ban,” which would ban abortion while a fetal heartbeat was detected (and whose potential effects many have compared to the situation in Ireland that led to Savita Halappanavar’s death). They also made efforts to defund their state’s Planned Parenthood--again.

This led to State Senator Nina Turner creating a T-shirt that said “Get Out of My Panties” and calling the GOP in her state "insane."

At last this week, these Ohio GOP efforts to curtail reproductive freedom came to an end, but not after they wasted a lot of time and energy on all ends trying to remind women of their desire to legislate in the womb.

2. Arizona is worthy of a double prize, and not only because the state is continuing to fight an appeal in court to keep funding away from Planned Parenthood--even though they’ve lost in lower courts.

Even worse, there’s a new shame tactic from the state, which has already instituted a highly constitutionally questionable 20-week ban: a Web site which tries to manipulate women out of having abortions. At Jezebel, Katie JM Baker offers an analysis of the site’s true intentions:

"Make no mistake: the website is biased, ...The title itself — "A Women's Right to Know" — is incredibly patronizing. The first paragraph on the home page doesn't define abortion or even explain why a woman might choose to terminate a pregnancy; instead, it states that "... If your doctor performs an abortion on you without obtaining your voluntary consent or without allowing a private medical consultation they may be liable to you for claims in a civil action." Because it's that easy for women to get abortions, you guys! Those wily doctors will give you an abortion even if you don't want one! Lock your windows!"

Rather than offering women medically accurate information, the site offers half-truths and shame.

3. Arkansas GOPers, finding themselves in charge of both legislative chambers, are wasting no time trying to do what they do best: get all up in Arkansas uteri. They are introducing measures to ban abortion by “telemedicine” as well as a controversial 20-week ban:

Mayberry said, " he plans to reintroduce legislation next year that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the disputed claim that a fetus can feel pain after that point. Mayberry's bill was one of 10 anti-abortion measures that failed to clear the House Public Health Committee during last year's session, and it's one of three measures that Arkansas Right to Life says it plans to push for in the legislative session that begins Jan. 14...".

...The Arkansas attorney general's office last year opposed the measure, telling the panel that it was in conflict with established law and would likely be struck down as unconstitutional.

4. Wisconsin. Despite their state’s hearty endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election, Wisconsin Republicans are also gearing up for more anti-choice measures along the same lines as other states, eager to take advantage of a GOP-dominated state goverment:

The state's largest anti-abortion group sees opportunities to place further regulations on abortion, including requiring women seeking the procedure to view an ultrasound of her fetus.
Wisconsin Right to Life is also proposing banning abortions that would cause pain to the fetus, barring abortions that are sought based on the sex of the fetus and prohibiting the ability of state employees to use their state healthcare plans to access abortions.

5. Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is embattled by a law designed to shut it down and is in danger of closing. A press release from the Center for Reproductive Rights notes that ideology trumps medical sense in this fight:

Although all the doctors currently providing abortions to women at the Mississippi clinic are board-certified ob-gyns, the physicians responsible for the lion’s share of the clinic’s patients have not been granted privileges by any of the hospitals in the area. In fact, several of the hospitals refused to even process the physicians’ applications, citing their biased policies and practices towards abortion care.

CRR has filed suit to prevent the law from going into effect, while anti-choice protesters targeting the clinic continue to “harass and terrify” patients.

All these states show that the misguided crusade against women’s rights is not over, despite the overwhelming “out of our exam rooms, out of our bedrooms” message sent by the 2012 election. In 2013, keep your eye on the states to see whether the “war” on reproductive health services comes to an end, continues, or as some activists wish, goes the other way.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if, instead of fighting retrograde bills, we focused on expanding access, coverage and information about abortion and sexual health?

By Sarah Seltzer, AlterNet | Report | Turthout |

pam w. (138)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:07 am
They just don't they? Women demonstrated that they understand their voting power in this last election. Women stood for one another and the right to personal responsibility for matters of reproduction.

This DIRTWADS just can't see the writing on that proverbial wall.


Kit B. (276)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:25 am

The ERA - which fully negates the need for any further discussion on this or any issue of fair and equal right still needs only 3 states.

What it says:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

Although the Nineteenth Amendment had prohibited the denial of the right to vote because of a person's sex, Alice Paul, a suffragist leader, argued that this right alone would not end remaining vestiges of legal discrimination based upon sex. Paul drafted the Equal Rights Amendment and, in 1923, presented it as the "Lucretia Mott Amendment" at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention and the Declaration of Sentiments.

Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The National Woman's Party already had tested its approach in Wisconsin, where it won the first state ERA in 1921. (wiki)

At this point in our history, we might add to that amendment to recognize all human rights, and that no law which prohibits the rights of human decision or interactions could be considered legal.

Vicky P. (476)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:37 pm
Yeah, it's pretty sickening from both sides, since I hear a lot of crap from Liberals (people not politicians) on it too saying it's not a woman's rights issue, I think it is if the woman's life is in danger or if the child is unwanted and it doesn't happen all the time

JL A. (286)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:50 pm
Another article posted today indicated that the peak popularity for the TeaParty was a 40% with a favorable view in 2010, that was down to 21% with this election. There was a strong suggestion that initiatives such as these were contributing factors to the loss of favor when the expectation had been enactment of economic policies that would benefit the people. It seems sad that constitutional solutions are the only ones we can trust these days...if then.

Angelika R. (145)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:16 pm
Well, isn't that proof that they are the real rapists who just CANNOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!

Dorothy N. (63)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:34 pm
I liked the positive statement at the end of the posted article: ... Wouldn’t it be amazing if, instead of fighting retrograde bills, we focused on expanding access, coverage and information about abortion and sexual health? ...

Not sure how anyone's going to work that, unless at the Federal level, but it must, somehow, be done...

State's rights cannot supersede or obliterate human rights...

JL A. (286)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:44 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Dorothy because you have done so within the last week.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:32 am
No change there then.

Arielle S. (316)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:00 am
Is it because they still think of us as the weaker sex? Or just that they WANT us to be the weaker sex? They must feel really threatened by us ~ and for men like that, they should feel threatened. We have just begun.

Dorothy N. (63)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:43 am
Arielle S., that's an interesting and perceptive comment.

Although when I look at the overall picture, I can't help thinking of megalomania - that they do, indeed, as we've heard some of the 1% claim, feel that they should own it ALL, and that any rights or possessions others have are somehow taken from them.

Our perceptions of our rights, our expectations of life in a wealthy democracy, are being downgraded through media-spun PR and law, through falsified 'science', (right back to 'women and Blacks have different brains', for Pete's sake!) through use of religion, social engineering, through every medium they control, to make us accept totalitarian control by the very few of every decision we make, however personal, to make us feel that we deserve no human rights and no comforts - because only they do, and they somehow have the right to inflict this on us, by virtue of their wealth and power.

If we were worthy, our human worth could be measured in millions or billions as compared to their own.

Those not of their kind are worthless, except as fodder for their purposes - and they lack the common-sense to see that their destruction of the economy in our ever-decreasing pay and of innovation in their regimented, nutrient-deprived, neuro-and-other-toxin-laden world ultimately affects them as adversely as it does us, just more slowly.

For every situation, there must be a law, to say what we are allowed to do, where and how we are allowed to do whatever we are ALLOWED to do by them - and with whom.

Whatever they don't approve of must be forbidden...

They begin with those they perceive as being the most vulnerable to pressure and expand from there.

This has worked so well so far that many fail to even think about the situation, realize the history and the direction in which we are being steered.

And this campaign has been increasing for decades.

Jim Lauder (9)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:36 am
If any Liberal says it's not a women's right's issue, I can hardly imagine they are a Liberal! In any case, YOU GO GIRLS.

Kit B. (276)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:02 am

Thanks Jim, but we need men in this struggle for Equal Rights and a vast majority of women who finally realize that the system is rigged against them. This is not about abortion rights, as it has been colored, though a right to make the decisions about one's own body must be considered a part of fair and equal rights. This is a far broader issue, that should surpass the gulf of political ideology or even religious affiliations. This issue is about Equal and Human Rights for every citizen of this country. I often wonder how this country can dare to condemn any other country when our house is not in order.

If we are truly to stand as the guardian of liberty than how can we begin to that when more than half our own population is not recognized as deserving of equal rights? If this country were to focus on true equality for all citizens, and not separate (as we do even today) each by gender, sexual orientation or racial components, than for the first time in our history we would indeed be the country of the shining light of freedom.

Dorothy N. (63)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:33 am
*Applauds Kit B. who nailed the facts so succinctly*

The destruction of democracy has well begun with the labelling of the first person or group as being 'less equal' than others - and, quite frankly, true democracy has yet to be achieved in North America.

Kit B. (276)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:45 am

Thank you, Dorothy - my statements come from the heart and a true disappointment that we are still being forced to discuss issues that should be long since resolved.

Surrendering power or domination does not come easy, but this is the core issue. Women and all others who suffer the indignity of being "less than" must join together. We must unify as one force that will bring a dramatic and much needed change to this country. Neither women nor any group classified as a minority pose a threat to this country or it's institutions, actually we can only benefit from being truly all inclusive.

Gene Jacobson (277)
Monday December 3, 2012, 1:38 pm
"Wouldn’t it be amazing if, instead of fighting retrograde bills, we focused on expanding access, coverage and information about abortion and sexual health?"

What is really amazing to me is that despite the Republican's two year long war on women, and many others but primarily women, and their attempts to disrupt the exercise of the right to vote, they have apparently learned nothing about how the nation felt about these last two years. This Congress now concluding has the lowest rating in history, 9%. How it is that the gop cannot translate that clear message (we do NOT like what you have been DOING boys) into a new plan for the future is beyond me. Part of the "problem" is that governors are elected for four year terms so those tea party buffoons elected in 2010 don't come up for election again until 2014. And, it seems quite obvious that they intend to keep doing what they have been doing the past two years for the next two as well. Which is bad but good. It is bad that they do not get the message about how women, and many men, feel about their ridiculous agenda and are going to waste two more years of taxpayer dollars passing unconstitutional legislation but good in that the issues of this election will remain front and center and enable the re-taking of the House and a majority of governorships in 2014 as well. I am SO tired of these fools but am willing to continue listening and reading of their inept attempts to return this country to the 19th century just to know that we will finally be done with them in 2014 when even more progressive women will be elected across the country at every level of government. Which IS what this country needs. And will get. Thanks to the blockheadedness of the tea party and their inability to learn from even recent history. The country isn't buying what they are selling but it may be 2014 when they lose all those governorships they won in 2010 that they figure that out.

pam w. (138)
Monday December 3, 2012, 1:38 pm
Men have been trying to control women since the beginning of society, haven't they? Knock us on the head, drag us by the hear, rape, pillage, enslave with chains, enslave with words and's all the same thing.

Certainly men are evolving in their attitudes and I know many who will (and do) stand with us when we demand equality.

Unfortunately, far too many still have that deep-down FEAR which Arielle mentions above.

I wonder sometimes if it will EVER happen!

Kit B. (276)
Monday December 3, 2012, 1:56 pm

I think they they got the message Gene, but by assuming the direct tactic didn't work the new tactic should be more indirect. Not new objectives, just new tactics.

Some men fear a loss of power, Pam. We know this and rather than banding together and presenting a united front, we - women, LGBTQ, and all minorities have allowed this "debate" to be framed as a counter point to predominately male or white Judea - Christian presentation that is about abortion rights,immigration, or a biblical view of marriage. This is about FREEDOM, and equality, nothing else.

Though I fully agree that it is time we began to teach the truth and facts of human sexuality to all school aged children, in an age appropriate manner. Knowing about your own body and the risks inherent in early sexual adventures and unprotected sex would drastically reduce the numbers of teen age pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 3, 2012, 2:02 pm
Thank you, Kit, for bringing up the Equal Rights Amendment. This has been shelved long enough. If these attacks on women aren't enough to stop the foot dragging for passage of this important amendment, I don't know what is. The insanity-ridden GOP is literally hitting women below the belt....time to take a stand...taking to the streets once again. Eve Ensler has a fantastic V-Day planned for Feb. about we use that as a "jumping off platform" for a renewed call to pass the ERA.

Kit B. (276)
Monday December 3, 2012, 2:10 pm

States that Have ratified the ERA:

Ratified States

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Dakota
West Virginia

Those who have NOT and we need only 3 of these states:

Unratified States

North Carolina
South Carolina

We can do this - but only with good organization and really committed effort.

Angelika R. (145)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:18 pm
"I think they they got the message Gene, but by assuming the direct tactic didn't work the new tactic should be more indirect. Not new objectives, just new tactics. "
Right, agreed Kit. That is exactly what I had meant to express with my comment above, " they just won't take no for an answer" - refering to the election defeat here.

David Menard (43)
Monday December 3, 2012, 4:23 pm
GOP is a pathetic institution that belongs in the dark ages.

marie T. (164)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:01 pm
Noted thanks Kit

Mitchell D. (132)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:51 pm
Well, perhaps the GOP will go on digging its grave, right into the next congressional election, maintaining people's interest in the situation, and leading to more women turning,out to vote them into oblivion.
People like Boehner, Issa, and McConnell need to be sent packing!

Rin S. (10)
Monday December 3, 2012, 7:27 pm
How sad, I still hate the GOP.

Scott haakon (4)
Monday December 3, 2012, 9:06 pm
The problem is with women. Not just GOP but the traditional gender roles in our culture. Many women fear that their traditional lifestyles will be demeaned. We have created a dichotomy. Women able to achieve what they want. And women who want the king's X. Women who wish the be vindicated in their choices are the opponent of those who want freedom from the oppression of cultural roles. As life goes on nature also has a part to play; species survival.
Also one must understand that to the very successful their monetary success becomes a game. Because it is a mental game the participants are wired into it like video game addicts for in many ways it is much the same. The justification is that in their playing the game of investment roulette the by chance provide some small measure of job creation from the financially invested ideas of others.

Robert Pavlick (8)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:21 am
Chelsea Phillips said: "This led to State Senator Nina Turner creating a T-shirt that said “Get Out of My Panties” and calling the GOP in her state "insane."

Well isn't Sen. Turner the hypocrite. If she didn't let people into her panties she wouldn't need an abortion in the first place would she?????

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:34 am

Congratulations Robert Pavlick that may be the most sick, twisted, perverted and anti human comment I have ever read on Care2.

Maybe if your sick mind was not focused on women's panties and their sex life, you might be able to understand that it's none of your damn business, what any one does in their personal life and that was the point. Though obviously that was way over your head.

pam w. (138)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:10 pm
Robert P. can be counted upon to say the meanest, most thoughtless and mindless comment possible in any thread. It's how he seeks attention....rather like a naughty two-year-old who's learned that saying the "f word" in public makes everyone pay attention to him.

Angelika R. (145)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:59 am
So true, Pam, and...he has now gotten that, too. That is why I have prefered to ignore his comment.

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:22 am

I would love to say what I really think of those 2 comments. Those expletives are often deleted. Too bad these two useless and derogatory comments are left here. They neither contribute to the discussion nor offer positive flow to larger issue. More attention whores? We get a lot of those on Care2.

Aaron Bouchard (161)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:01 pm
Noted thank you for sharing
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