Republicans–at state and Federal levels–hate welfare for mothers too poor to support their families.
But they love fetuses.
And to make sure there’s always an ample supply of them on hand, Republicans have launched an all-out war against a woman’s right to abortion–and even birth control.
On June 13, the Michigan House of Representatives, by a 70-39 vote, approved sweeping legislation to add regulations and restrictions to abortion practices in the state.
Specifically, the omnibus bill:
- Criminalizes all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
- No exceptions are made for rape victims, the health of the woman or in cases where there is a severe fetal anomaly.
- A narrow exception is permitted when the mother’s life is at risk, as determined by a physician.
- Requires health centers that provide abortions to have surgery rooms, even when they don’t provide surgical abortions.
- Requires doctors to be present for medication abortions and to screen women for “coercion” before providing an abortion.
- Creates new regulations for the disposal of fetal remains.
- Bann “telemedicine” abortions, or the use of technology to prescribe medication for abortion services and the morning-after pill.
The Michigan State Senate has yet to rule on the measure, though it is expected to ultimately approve it.
Not only do Republicans oppose abortion, they stand foursquare against free speech when this is used to defend a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.
During debate on the above-mentioned bill in June, House members Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum were forbidden to speak on the House floor about this legislation.
The women were silenced based on a trumped-up charge of “lack of decorum” after Brown told her colleagues, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina, but no means no.”
On August 19, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), justified his opposition to abortion by claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” said the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate from Missouri.
“But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
Earlier, on August 8, he had said during a radio interview: “As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country.”
Nine days later, on August 28, the official Republican platform demanded a total ban on abortions when the party assembled to nominate Mitt Romney as its Presidential candidate in Tampa.
Specifically, the platform:
- States that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
- Calls for the passage of a Human Life Amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade and thus ban all abortions.
- Supports “the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.”
- Opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion.
- Opposes funding organizations that perform or advocate abortions.
- States that the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.
On October 18, Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-IL) running for U.S. Senator from Illinoi against Democrat Tammy Duckworth, said that abortions should not be allowed even when the mother’s life is at risk because of advances in medicine.
“This is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable,” Walsh told reporters about the “saving-the-life-of-the-mother” exception.
“There’s no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing. With advances in science and technology,” he said that it’s almost impossible for a woman to need an abortion to save her life.
“Health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason.”
The latest Republican to enter the abortion wars is Richard Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer who pines to be that state’s U.S. Senator.
On October 23, he declared: “The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God.
“I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President, has both supported abortion rights–and demanded their repeal.
During his 2002 campaign for Governor of famously liberal Massachusetts, he promised to “preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose.”
Running for President in 2012, he had to appeal to a different–and entirely fascistic–constituency. So he supported a “Human Life Amendment” to overturn Roe v. Wade and promised to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood.