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Top Republican Priority in 2013: Ending Legal Abortion

Top Republican Priority in 2013: Ending Legal Abortion

President Obama may be moving forward with an ambitious agenda that includes immigration reform, addressing climate change and gun safety and weapons regulation, but Republicans have something else they’d like to tackle: legal abortion.

That’s according to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Addressing a crowd of anti-choice demonstrators last weekend in Washington D.C., Boehner pledged to “commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life” and promised to make legal abortion a “relic of the past.”

“Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year,” he said.

Not surprisingly, Boehner’s plan to end legal abortion starts first with poor women. Step one in his plan is to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment prevents federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest and is a favorite target of anti-choice lawmakers who like to fundraise off of pledges to end “taxpayer funded” abortions. True to form, Boehner announced he would do so by again working to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would formally codify the Hyde Amendment.

Boehner has plenty of support from Republicans in the Senate too. Presumed 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told the crowd of his plans for a “spiritual cleansing” and of a gospel that “cannot be resisted.” “We much preach a gospel so full of compassion, a gospel so full of justice that it cannot be resisted. Then and only then will the law again protect the innocent,” Paul said.

Republicans promising to end legal abortion at the National Right to Life rally is to be expected, as is Paul’s call for the imposition of Dominionist martial law. And that is a sad commentary on what passes for conservative leadership these days. Even the most cynical of politicians, and Boehner must be among that crew, has to understand that continuing to flog the reproductive rights horse as the nation’s top priority just after suffering a humiliating electoral defeat in part because you spent the last two years flogging the reproductive rights horse is a bad idea.

Maybe not. Maybe today’s Republican party is simply the remnants of old white resentment fostered over hundreds of years in this country and Democrats are the party of everyone else. Demographics from the November election certainly suggest that conclusion, and Republicans are so far doing nothing to present a rebuttal.

We’ll learn a lot over the next year about how the party plans to position itself in the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential race. Voters sent clear warning signs to Republicans in the last election, and the party is running out of chances. Apparently, they don’t seem to care.

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5:30PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

ending legal abortion would be easy but it would just be driven underground.

4:08AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

This won't happen, so stop scaring everyone

8:32AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

The unborn life is sacred; people's lives are not. That's what Reps believe. Let's make sure that poor women have more children, but let's not help them.

What is going to be the America future, if they get what they want? Just loot at 3rd world countries and you'll find out.

Don't let it happen to America!

The violence in those countries is every where. Tourist are alert to don't wear jewelry, because there are too many robbery. You better be at home early at night, or you may be killd on the streets (as has happend in Chicago). Women hold their purse against their body in order to try to avoid it being taken way from them. It's a hell! And it does not happen suddently - it takes some time and a few bad policies like those ones Republicans intend to put in place here.

Don't invest in people, and that's the future you'll have. Ask politicians to cut the debt because you don't like to pay taxes and it's immoral to borrow - even to help people - and that's what you gonna have. Then it will be too late.

Please, DON'T let it happen!

12:20PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:40PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

thx:))

11:59AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Just another attempt to belittle the ladies! It's pathetically outrageous - especialy for hose oof us who are old enough to remember the days of self-abortions and lives ruined to satisfy the whims of republicons of yore - not to mention the "christian" legalists - there ought o be a severance between church and state -- I think I've read that somewhere? Or was that my imagination?

9:44AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

The politicians are hiding the truth. Both parties are lying. The fears about abortion are economically based. It's about the money that the lack of consumers will bring. Many other countries are in the same fix. Singapore,South Korea,Russia,Japan,are worried about the aging population.
American women have not demonstrated their support like they did. Because of the economic impact more pressure is put on to have kids(usually the poor) Affluent families have fewer kids. Now with birth control being available especially the shot and implant which are very low maintenance and a effective male contraceptive in the wings. The population will fall even more.
New technology will make many of today's low/no skill jobs nonexistent. We are not preparing the economy for the future.

9:17AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Could it become possible to RETRO ABORT I think REPUBLICANS would support that too. Go back in time and abort anyone who will grow up to be anything but a REPUBLICAN?

Start at home folks, start at home.

8:39AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

What about fixing the economy?

12:03AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

When Obama was elected to his first term, the GOP vowed to put all of their might into making him a one term president.
Now that Obama is in his second term, the GOP is vowing to put an end to legal abortion.
Why don't they work together with the Democrats to make America a safer, healthier & better educated country? Let's bring our troops home, educate our young, & give everyone affordable healthcare.

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