Friday, April 13, 2012

The Republican War on Women

Continues apace: A handy list of jaw-dropping idiocies. Like this one: "H.R. 2299–would prevent women under 18 from crossing state lines to get an abortion without their parents’ consent." So... they will start arresting teen-aged girls at the borders? Really?

There's more:  A list State by state.

Jan Brewer signs 'life begins at menstruation' bill, the most draconian anti-abortion law so far
The life begins at menstruation law goes into effect in 90 days 
• It sets the gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman’s last period, rather than at fertilization. Which, in practice, means that a virgin can get pregnant and instead of barring abortions after 20 weeks as the law states, actually cuts the time to 18 weeks. 
• Medication abortions (by pill), usually done at home or a clinic within the first nine weeks of pregnancy, must now be done by a medical provider who has hospital privileges within 30 miles of where the procedure takes place. The law also mandates outdated protocol that Nash says may cause confusion. The provision is an attempt to shut down medication abortions altogether. North Dakota and Oklahoma are in litigation over similar provisions in their laws. 
• Sex education is not mandated in Arizona, but any such education must now prioritize birth and adoption. • Health-care facilities must up signs warning against abortion "coercion." 
• She state health department must set up a website focusing on alternatives to abortion and displaying photos of fetuses. 
• "Counseling" is required for women aiming seeking abortions because of fetal abnormalities. Such counseling must include perinatal hospice information. 
• Previous requirements are reiterated for a notarized parental consent form for minors and a mandatory ultrasound screening 24 hours before having an abortion.
And then there are just idiots: Tennessee Senate Approves Bill To Warn Students That Hand-Holding Is A ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’

Republicans don't understand this rumpus about the little women.. who need little words to understand things... Where does Romney stand about the Violence Against Women Act?

Other countries are doing the same:  Honduras wants raped women to have the rapist's baby   Honduras Supreme Court Upholds Absolute Ban on Emergency Contraception, Opens Door to Criminalize Women and Medical Professionals

All we can do and must do is fight back. Planned Parenthood sues Texas over Women’s Health Program



Steve Bates said...

"So... they will start arresting teen-aged girls at the borders? Really?"

Any kind of restriction of this sort could be legislated only at the federal level (after all, obtaining an abortion in another state, whatever else it may be, is interstate commerce). So we need at least one house of Congress and a presidency under Democratic control. I think there's a good chance we will get that... especially if as many women vote 'D' as are intending to at the moment according to polls.

ellroon said...

I hope women stay good and pissed off until November.