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New Abortion Restrictions Show Lawmakers' Complete Contempt for Women

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There comes a point in the legislative season when those of us who track anti-choice bills start to get a bit bogged down by the onslaught of new legislation. So many bills get proposed that you begin to lose track of which state is banning what.

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Mary T (358)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 8:44 am
who are voting for these politicians? and why do they dwell on abortions, I believe there are more important topics that states need to discuss - education, etc etc

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 8:51 am
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New Abortion Restrictions Show Lawmakers’ Complete Contempt for Women

There comes a point in the legislative season when those of us who track anti-choice bills start to get a bit bogged down by the onslaught of new legislation. So many bills get proposed that you begin to lose track of which state is banning what. For reporters, the work can be overwhelming.

But for lawmakers, this is the point in the session when tempers get a little shorter, debates get more pointed, and some politicians’ true feelings about both the bills and the people who will be subject to them become more obvious.

That’s the case in Pennsylvania, where a bill to forbid insurance coverage for abortions is up for debate. Like similar bans in other states, the bill would ban abortion coverage in any insurance plan in the state’s health-care exchange, claiming that because the plan is on a state exchange, that leaves it fungibly paid for with taxpayer dollars, even if the plans themselves are paid for by the purchaser.

“Consistent with a majority of Pennsylvanians, the House acted today to ensure no tax dollars are used for elective abortions,” Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), the state’s House Majority Leader, said in a statement. His spokesman was more blunt: “If Jane Doe wants extra insurance to fund abortions, Jane Doe can go to Blue Cross and get that separately.”

The dismissive “this is a woman problem” attitude toward basic health-care coverage is epidemic in the current battle over reproductive health-care restrictions, from forced waiting periods to cutting off birth control access.

And the notion that women will “figure it out on their own” drips with contempt for poor individuals, who are most affected by these policies, especially when they will be forced to come up with additional medical expenses out of their own pockets.

In Iowa, an attempt to end Medicaid coverage for abortions for rape victims failed in the state senate, but anti-choice leaders are telling state lawmakers to dig in harder and even hold the budget hostage if necessary. “Several states have accomplished this. It is doable. You are a light in this building. Shine that light,” urged Family Leader Political Director Greg Baker at an anti-choice rally at the capitol, according to the Des Moines Register. Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Family Leader, agreed, saying, “We don’t need you to be political, but for heaven’s sake we need you to be biblical.”

Politicians will claim that it’s the “choice” they are opposed to, not the women themselves, but in Indiana, the legislature’s latest moves undermine that claim. The state is now considering cuts to its prenatal care program, despite hours of testimony claiming that the latest bill to restrict access to safe abortion by shuttering the only abortion provider covering a large area of Indiana was really about patient safety. Seen as a way to eliminate $40 million in the state budget, the legislature is now reviewing a plan to drop the eligibility level for pregnant women to get Medicaid assistance. According to anti-choice Indiana lawmakers, a single woman making more than $15,000 should have no problem paying for prenatal care out-of-pocket. The state has been seeking budget cuts in order to offer tax breaks to residents and businesses.

When the Indiana abortion bill was debated in the state house, the house speaker repeatedly remarked that providing support for pregnant women was “not germane” to abortion restriction laws. At that time, we had no idea how true that statement really was. Now, as many states reach legislative crunch time, we can expect to see a lot more politicians tell us how they really feel about women.

By: Robin Marty |Reality Check | Common Dreams |

JL A (281)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 9:04 am
I think contempt is too mild a word to describe the level of misogyny.

Bryna P (139)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:24 am
Thank you! Great minds think alike! LOL!:) I just posted that misogyny is rule of the day in the Republican party. If they had the babies,it would be an entirely different matter.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:26 am
It's hard to believe we're living in the 21st century.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:41 am
How about a bill that prohibits any male from even saying the word "abortion"? How about a heavy tax on Viagra? How about these morons stop trying to control a woman's private life and start governing the way they are supposed to?

Eliza Thorn (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:56 am
This is such a tricky issue, but it is baffling that politicians can do that. I most definitely support a women's rights over her body.

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 1:08 pm

Forty years and still this made into a HOT button issue. If someone does not like abortion, than I strongly recommend they not have one. Intertwined with this is of course the issue of birth control.

Barbara F (47)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 1:22 pm
This should NOT be a tricky issue at all! It' ridiculous that people have such a hard time talking about this! Especially politicians! Women are the ONLY ONES that SHOULD have any rights over their own bodies! WHY IS IT THAT MEN ARE THE ONE'S MAKING THE DECISIONS ABOUT THIS? This is a personal decision and no one else's business!

Jo S (619)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:24 pm
Woman have the right to choose! Vote them out!!!
Thank you once again Kit!!

Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:29 pm
read and noted on 4-28-13 these scumbags that we have in office need to get a clue it's not their choice to make about the women's body thats for a women to make we have more serious problems facing this country right now like our economy, the high unemployment and lack of good paying jobs our roadways and bridges we need to get these solved and fixed quit trying to run women's lifes i believe that they can do a much better job in that department do your jobs already or come election time we will find someone else that can.

pam w (139)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:51 pm
Contempt for women AND men--it seems they believe nobody will be intelligent or perceptive enough to see that they're not really DOING ANYTHING! This is all smokescreen and mirrors!

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:00 pm

Though this all does, as it meant to, cause a great deal of anger. It also makes me pause to wonder just what is really going on that this smoke screen is needed. They are doing things, Pam. They are forcing the closing of many clinics that offer women's health. Not just abortions and are in many states, refusing to support anything those clinics have, for so long, offered to those who can not afford a private doctor. Misogyny, oh yeah!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:13 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:45 pm
How many more years will this be a Issue? Thanks Kit

Sherri G (128)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:21 am
So many excellent comments here. I sent stars to everyone I could except where I sent one in the last 24 hours. My thought as I stated not long ago. Every GOP who votes against the law of the land should be forced to adopt babies born with alcohol fetal syndrome, addiction, disabilities, need birth to grave round the clock care, and born to poor minority women who have been unable to get or afford prenatal care. The should be prohibited from adopting any child that is not born with these everyday disadvantages. It is easy for anyone opposed to abort to still say no but the choice should be the woman's. TY Kit

Gloria p (304)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:21 am
Roe v Wade is supposed to be the law of the land. Get over it GOP.

Dot A (182)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:32 pm
Super sensitive issue, and it's probably a good thing that we must grapple with our consciences regarding the procreation of human life. Yet, in just a blink of an eye, if men were to give birth, my mind feels strongly that men who not want to go through pregnancy, deliver a newborn, spend the rest of their lives raising an unwanted offspring. If a child is welcome, loved, prepared for on many levels, then that little child will have a better chance in a cold, sometimes quite cruel world. Why would anyone want to bring tiny innocent babies into a loveless reality. (don't bet that an adoptive guardian is always benevolent) Plus, who would want to experience pregnancy and let go of their very flesh of being? Men have the power to impregnate, but it is women who are the cradles of life. It is the voice of the woman who must have say over her own reproductive power. Any man would want the same.

Dot A (182)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:41 pm
Yet, in just a blink of an eye, if men were to give birth, my mind feels strongly that men who not want to go through pregnancy, deliver a newborn, spend the rest of their lives raising an unwanted offspring,
would agree that it is kinder to allow the freedom to stop the pregnancy than to proceed only for fear of the legal system. BTW: those with enough money will always have the financial freedom to find an alternative from what this boundary of our legal system decides. It is always the poor and helpless which are most hurt by those who do not empathize.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:52 pm
North Carolina

Many of these States are where this flawed thinking seems to stem from. All for small government until it is for the Woman and then it's large GOVERNMENT in her business and up her vagina and into her womb.

The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that all of the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex and the only right it specifically affirms to be equal for men and women is the right to vote in the 19th Amendment, 1920.

For goodness Sake women and the men who love them......Get this ERA passed. Then Women Stand UP strong and tell these jerks to go where the sun doesn't shine up into each other butts and stay out of our Sacred space!

Helen Porter (39)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:04 pm
I had an abortion and I never regret it.

Sometimes the only alternative is pain for all involved, especially the child.
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