The 3 Worst Anti-Woman Bills Already Introduced by Congress This Year

The 113th Congress hasn’t even worked a month and already House Republicans have put forward a host of anti-woman bills designed to roll back access to health care and strip women of their rights. Some of these will look familiar, which I think pretty much sums up House Republicans’ obsessive focus on women’s reproductive health.

1. Sanctity of Human Life Act

Former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is so serious about tackling this country’s budget woes that he’s co-sponsoring a federal fetal personhood bill. H.R. 23, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, defines life as beginning at fertilization. The law bans abortion with no exceptions, outlaws in vitro fertilization, and blocks access to most forms of birth control.

Republicans introduced the Sanctity of Human Life Act on the first full day of session.

2.  Repeal Obamacare

Seriously. You’d think after a Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and a resounding defeat in the 2012 presidential election that Republicans would just move on. Get over it.

But Republicans won’t get over it, especially Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who introduced H.R. 45 to repeal Obamacare and replace it with…..nothing. If you’re Bachmann though, what choice is there but to introduce this legislation again and again and again? Aside from anti-Muslim fearmongering and gay conversion controversies, pathologically opposing health care reform is the cornerstone of her national political career.

Oh, and in case it wasn’t crystal clear that the Republicans have a woman problem, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced his own bill to repeal Obamacare rather than sign on to Bachmann’s bill. Nothing says small government like two protest bills that if successful would strip benefits form millions of Americans.

3. Go After Planned Parenthood. Again.

Title X, the federal family planning program, used to be considered a signature achievement of the conservative movement. It was signed into law by President Nixon and whole-heartedly embraced by President George Bush the senior. But then something happened and anti-abortion became synonymous with anti-contraception.

Since this shift Republicans have relentlessly attacked Planned Parenthood’s participation in the Title X program as a way to shut the entire thing down. 2013 is no different with not one but two bills introduced already to defund Planned Parenthood. Sadly, both bills are sponsored by Tennessee women, Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black.

As the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same. And for House Republicans nothing could be more true.


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Tricia Hamilton
Tricia H5 years ago

These men are CRAP!!!

Penny Evans
Penelope Evans5 years ago

It boils down to this. If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one. End of story. I thought this was a free country? If I can't even control my own body, where is freedom?

David B.
David B5 years ago

ya know i don't know who treats women worse muslims or republicans.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black5 years ago

Aren't we lucky that good old Paul Ryan isn't VP and planning on being President in 2020? Of course, he probably is planning on running in 2020, but he will have to fight for the nomination. If he is lucky it will be against nutcase Bachmann, but neither of these wierdos would be good for the country. Can't understand how men who think as he does can get women's votes. Those women must have fallen out of bed and landed on their head as a child. Why can't the GOP be satisfied with controlling their own bodies and leave the Democrats, Independents and whoever with the responsibility of take care of their bodies. For a party who claims they don't want government to interfere, they are strangely obsessed with other people's sexuality, reproductive system and sexual morality.

Elizabeth L.
Elizabeth L5 years ago

Pardon my confusion here. Women should not use birth control as it may stop you getting pregnant as "God" ordained. Abortion is banned as that is taking a life. But assault rifles, a weapon for killing humans and please don't say its for hunting , are ok.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

And the beat goes on. But its not quite as loud as it has been in the past.

Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago


Debbie M.
Debbie M.5 years ago

If it were not for women there would be no human race. Women are important. Remember woman is cricial to carry a baby, and every woman needs honor.

Thomas P.
Thomas P5 years ago

Thanks. Pamela T...the things you suggest Planned Parenthood (PP) should do, they already are doing, and what you suggest they shouldn't do, they aren't. You say that PP "should not discriminate against women who are blindsided." I'm not entirely certain what you mean but I can tell you what you are suggesting is wrong for this reason...PP doesn't discriminate against any woman. You state that PP "should teach responsible parenthood planning." They do that in many ways, not the least of which is by providing contraception for women. Finally, you say that "you are not for women being reduced to a baby making machine..."...neither is PP...that's why they do what they do. You see, Planned Parenthood believes a woman's reproductive health can't be separated from her general health. That's why they do what they do, and both women and men are better for it, and we are a better country because of what they do.

One thing I want to stress...the bills introduced in the House in 2013 to defund PP were done so by two Tea Party, Republican WOMEN (which is noted in the article), one of whom (Rep. Black) was actually a nurse. If women want to preserve their rights, then it's not about voting for's about voting for PROGRESSIVE women and men who support a woman's right to choose.

janice b.
jan b5 years ago

Cutting off funding to cancer screening programs to Planned Parenthood in order to prove they are pro-life....goes along with all the other ideas of treating women like they don't matter. 15-20 percent of all pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion or what some call miscarriage of fetus' apparently "God" designed it so abortion would be available.

Like all of the other many, many, many attempts by Republicans in Congress to restrict health care for women, this one went over like beef tartare at a vegan potluck. Even SOME lady Republicans in the Senate feigned concern about the bill. (Of course, they still vouch for it because they are, like the non-lady members of their party, completely unprincipled. But at least they made some "I'm concerned" statements before throwing their fellow Lady-Americans under the bus.)