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If the Conservatives Don't Like the term "War on Women" Maybe They Should Stop Waging One

ProudProgressive 2012/04/29 13:21:46
THE GOP AND ITS ANTI-WOMEN LEGISLATION
Friday, April 27, 2012

Conservatives rankle at the phrase "war on women," but what other description would fit the unremitting assault on women's rights that GOP legislatures in GOP controlled states have proposed; and in many cases, enacted into law?

The Guttmacher Institute has documented 916 measures related to reproductive health and rights in the 49 legislatures that have convened their regular sessions. (Louisiana's legislature will not convene until late April.) By the end of March, seven states had enacted 15 new laws on these issues, including provisions that:

•expand the pre-abortion waiting period requirement in South Dakota to make it more onerous than that in any other state, by extending the time from 24 hours to 72 hours and requiring women to obtain counseling from a crisis pregnancy center in the interim;

•expand the abortion counseling requirement in South Dakota to mandate that counseling be provided in-person by the physician who will perform the abortion and that counseling include information published after 1972 on all the risk factors related to abortion complications, even if the data are scientifically flawed;

•require the health departments in Utah and Virginia to develop new regulations governing abortion clinics; •revise the Utah abortion refusal clause to allow any hospital employee to refuse to "participate in any way" in an abortion;

•limit abortion coverage in all private health plans in Utah, including plans that will be offered in the state's health exchange; and

•revise the Mississippi sex education law to require all school districts to provide abstinence-only sex education while permitting discussion of contraception only with prior approval from the state.

So far this year, legislators in 13 states have introduced 22 bills seeking to mandate that a woman obtain an ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. Bills in seven states (AL, IN, KY, MT, OH, RI and TX) are very similar to a law enacted last year in Oklahoma that requires a woman to undergo an ultrasound procedure, view the image and receive a verbal description of the fetus (see Requirements for Ultrasound). Of these, proposals in Kentucky and Texas have been approved by a chamber of the legislature.

Bills in four other states (AZ, FL, MI, VA) as well as an additional measure in Texas would require the woman to have an ultrasound but then be given the option to view the image or hear the description. The bill in Texas has been approved by one house. (On April 2, the Arizona governor signed measures that require a provider to perform an ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion and to offer her the option to view the ultrasound image, listen to a detailed description of it and to get a picture of the image.). Finally, bills in Arkansas and Connecticut would require provision of an ultrasound but would not mandate that the woman be given the option to view the image or hear a description.

Moreover, the legislative proposals in Kentucky and Texas blurred the line between two previously separate issues: requiring an ultrasound prior to an abortion and imposing a waiting period on a woman seeking an abortion (see Requirements for Ultrasound).

Although the 2010 Oklahoma law had a waiting period, it required that only two hours elapse between the ultrasound and the abortion. The measure that was approved by the Senate in Kentucky would have required 24 hours between the two procedures; the House adjourned for the year before considering the measure. Two measures in Texas include waiting periods: one would mandate a 24-hour wait and the other would require that between 24 and 72 hours elapse; each of the bills has been passed by one house of the legislature, and conferees are working to resolve the differences between the two measures.

This doesn't cover the disgusting attack on Sandra Fluke by the GOP's most respected and adored radio shock jock, Rush Limbaugh, when he labeled her a "slut" and "prostitute" for advocating for contraceptive coverage by insurance companies.

It's laughable for the GOP to complain about the labeling--"war on women" when it is that party's determination to make a legal medical procedure more and more difficult for women, and for the presumptive nominee, Willard Romney, to say that one of the first things he would do as president is withdraw all government funding from Planned Parenthood, an organization that serves the health needs of poor women who are under insured or who have no insurance at all.

If the GOP hates being labeled as the political party carrying out a war on women, they should stop proposing and passing laws that make women's lives more difficult, and, in particular, poor and disadvantaged women more miserable.

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  • Jimbo 2012/05/01 01:20:09
    Jimbo
    It is not a war on women when others tell them what they can do with their own bodies or not get equal pay for the same job in conservative Wonderland.
  • Giantfan 2012/04/30 21:50:31
    Giantfan
    +2
    I agree, they should stop their war on women and women should wake up and speak up and this would stop all this crap in it's tracks.
  • Defend Western Civlization 2012/04/29 17:48:56 (edited)
    Defend Western Civlization
    +3
    its not Conservatives being all friendly with Turkey's Islamist Leader who's wife and daughter is forced to ware SLAVE VEILS
    Its Not Conservatives handing hamas/PLO and muslim brotherhood tax payer money
  • dallas Defend ... 2012/04/29 18:09:33
  • Defend ... dallas 2012/04/29 18:22:17
    Defend Western Civlization
    +3
    i see more propaganda from the obama regime
    its democrats who back gun control and muslim terrorist
  • Giantfan Defend ... 2012/04/30 21:55:05
    Giantfan
    +2
    The Bush's and the Bin Laden's are good friends. That's a fact there little buddy. Now be quiet for a few minutes. LOL



    nhy
  • Defend ... Giantfan 2012/05/01 00:26:27
    Defend Western Civlization
    Obama is Turkeys Islamist leaded is good friends and his wife and daughter are forced to wear slave veils

    Turkish Parliament No Longer Headscarf-Free...
    http://www.pi-news.org/2012/0...
  • Giantfan Defend ... 2012/05/01 01:13:40
    Giantfan
    What's your point. The head scarf to Muslim women is like the cowboy hat to Texas men.
  • Defend ... Giantfan 2012/05/01 01:41:09
    Defend Western Civlization
    the headscarf is About SLAVERY and Domination the Cowboy hat is about freedom and liberty
  • Giantfan Defend ... 2012/05/01 02:00:20
    Giantfan
    The headscarf was used by people in the middle east including jews. It was probably used to protect them from sand storms in the beginning and was just made into something religious later on.
  • Defend ... Giantfan 2012/05/01 02:45:45
    Defend Western Civlization
    i see more propaganda and false nonsense
  • Defend ... Giantfan 2012/05/01 02:11:30
    Defend Western Civlization
    the headscarf is about SLAVERY of Women
    American women will use the 2nd Amendment to insure that muslim terrorist males and their Democrat Allies understand they will not be slaves
  • Giantfan Defend ... 2012/05/01 02:14:19
    Giantfan
    American republican women are already slaves to their party's barbaric beliefs.
  • dallas 2012/04/29 17:15:33 (edited)
  • CA Gal 2012/04/29 16:56:40
    CA Gal
    +4
    They are certainly not doing well in this department! Failing miserably!
  • chgo 2012/04/29 16:48:02
    chgo
    +4
    Fire the republicans Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/04/29 16:31:39
  • luvguins 2012/04/29 15:49:14 (edited)
    luvguins
    +3
    Amusing how everything else is a war to Faux News except the war on women. They have a war on Christmas, a war on food, a war on health care etc. I had to laugh at John Boehner's tantrum on Friday about keeping the student loan interest at 3.4% as he also vociferiously denied a war on women. Yes, the war on women is imaginary to John McCain too, and to every right wing nutjob here too.

    No problem for them on student loans if they can take some more funds from the ACA which Boehner had the nerve to call a slush fund. That slush fund is a fund for womens preventive care, and immunizations for children, but in the GOPs mindset it is just another way to diminish the ACA, and stick another pin into their Obama voodoo doll. No way would they consider taking oil subsidies away from the super profitable oil companies or violating their pledge to 2 bit lobbyist, Grover Norquist, for any tax increase. Weeper Boehner had his GOP house members cheering at his Oscar winning albeit diabolical performance. Let's hope the Senate pulls the pin out of this or the president calls their bluff and vetoes it. No war on women? This blog speaks for itself, and to the majority of women in the country as the polls show.
  • santa6642 2012/04/29 15:37:10
    santa6642
    +1
    can I join this war, I asked my wife and she knew of any war on women , but by the liberals
  • darcie lamar 2012/04/29 15:02:36
    darcie lamar
    +1
    This article suggests women are to be kept uneducated about the life growing in the womb.
    There is scientific information that women are unaware of due to the lies by the abortionist. It's big business for these doctors. There are many articles like this one on the net. Read and educate yourself, it's not just a blob of cells.
    http://www.meehanreports.com/...
  • Defend ... darcie ... 2012/04/29 17:50:57
    Defend Western Civlization
    +2
    very well said
  • Blunder... darcie ... 2012/04/29 23:20:49
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +2
    Do you think women are so stupid they need a law that tells them what a fetus is?
  • darcie ... Blunder... 2012/04/30 02:16:04
    darcie lamar
    Women are told it's just a mass of cells. No, I don't think they are stupid, simply uneducated so the abortionist can make big bucks.
  • Blunder... darcie ... 2012/04/30 11:31:46 (edited)
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    Maybe in the 1950's, but certainly not today. I doubt very much that your average modern abortion seeking woman needs to be "educated" about what she is carrying in her uterus.
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/04/29 14:52:52
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +7
    They are going to get a rude awakening in November,I say,let them bury themselves!
  • Defend ... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 17:51:10
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    its not Conservatives being all friendly with Turkey's Islamist Leader who's wife and daughter is forced to ware SLAVE VEILS
    Its Not Conservatives handing hamas/PLO and muslim brotherhood tax payer money
  • CAROLYN... Defend ... 2012/04/29 18:13:09 (edited)
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +3
    Sweetie are you still suing people for libel?
  • Defend ... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 18:24:43
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    how do you Sew People?
  • CAROLYN... Defend ... 2012/04/29 18:51:01
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +2
    lol sue!
  • Defend ... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 19:14:24
    Defend Western Civlization
    how do you Sew People?
    Defend Western Civlization

    its not Conservatives being all friendly with Turkey's Islamist Leader who's wife and daughter is forced to ware SLAVE VEILS
    Its Not Conservatives handing hamas/PLO and muslim brotherhood tax payer money
  • CAROLYN... Defend ... 2012/04/29 19:16:49
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +1
    Blah,blah,blah,if you ever made sense we could probably sue you.
  • Defend ... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 19:47:22
    Defend Western Civlization
    i see you hate the truth oh well in the end Americans will cheer when Israel laughs at the little terrorist obama and defeats his Jew Killing Women Rapist Buddies
  • CAROLYN... Defend ... 2012/04/29 19:49:19
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +2
    I think Obama should sue you for libel.
  • Defend ... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 19:50:53
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    obama is a JOKE and a TRAITOR
  • CAROLYN... Defend ... 2012/04/29 19:52:45
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +2
    LIBEL!
  • Defend ... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 19:58:13 (edited)
    Defend Western Civlization
    that's your Opinion i stated the fact
    obama is handing Cash to Jew Killing Women Raping muslim terrorist
    obama is allowing russian troops aka terrorist to train in America
  • Blunder... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 23:21:37
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +2
    There is no talking to that one. Lol.
  • CAROLYN... Blunder... 2012/04/29 23:27:14 (edited)
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +2
    Yes,he has been suing me for libel since we meant.lol
  • Blunder... CAROLYN... 2012/04/29 23:30:19
  • Defend ... Blunder... 2012/05/01 01:41:48
    Defend Western Civlization
    i see how Liberal Progressive democrat Obama voter of you

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