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GOP Targets Abortion, Contraception and Women's Health! But Keep That Viagra Coming!
The GOP Social Agenda Does Not Create Jobs, But Does Target Women!
Feb 17, 2011 The GOP is once again perpetuating an assault on American women. Attacking a woman's right to choose, seeking to rid the country of Planned Parenthood (where 1 in 5 American women receive basic health care services), trying to redefine rape to reduce access to abortion and even the latest insanity by Michele Bachmann suggesting that breast pumps are not medical equipment (trust me, they are not socialist sex toys, Michele!) are not what the GOP promised in the elections of 2010. They promised to focus on jobs and the economy, but because they have no idea how to create jobs, bring jobs back or how to possibly improve the economy, they have resorted to the old Republican standard of bait and switch. The GOP is again possessed by the need to declare war on women. Whenever the Republican party is at a loss as to how to provide solutions to the real and pressing problems our country faces, culture wars and their oppressive social agenda are pulled out of the ever proverbial GOP hat.
Have they ever tried to have Viagra removed from private insurance coverage? If they have, I don't remember hearing about it. That idea would never occur to them. The Good Ole Boy network always wants control over their own bodies and obviously, their own erections. But allow women control over their bodies? Allow women to have private medical insurance that provides choice? Allow women access to contraception or basic female health care or even family planning? Those ideas are anathema to the GOP!
The GOP is always touting a country free of (don't touch my guns or my Viagra!) government interference. Really? The GOP has long pretended to condemn foreign governments that are theocracy-based, but I suggest that theocracy-based government is precisely what Republicans want for the United States. Basing law on 'their own' Christian beliefs is quite alright with them. Whatever they and their God believe, so must we all. No choice, no free or low cost contraception, even their definition of rape is tainted by their stunted views of women and women's issues. It boils down to the need for control over women and their opinion that they have the right to impose their beliefs on every woman in this country.
In The One Mind Of Republicans, Roe Vs. Wade Never Happened!
Roe vs. Wade was a Supreme Court case that ultimately legalized abortion in the United States. The decision in 1973 brought an end to back alley abortions that killed tens of thousands of American women from the 1800's through 1972. The modern GOP is not seeking to outlaw (believe that and I have some swamp land for sale!) abortion, they are simply trying to circumvent the law. They are trying to think of any and all possible ways to so significantly limit and deny access to abortion and/or threaten the livelihood and even the lives of any abortion provider in this country. In this way, abortion will remian legal, but virtually unavailable anywhere.
Granted, there are women who believe that abortion should be illegal, but in reality, the procedure is LEGAL. GOP men and women in Congress pretend that it is not settled law, but it is. Allow the women who believe in choice the freedom (there is that nasty liberal word again!) to exercise their right under the law.
The Great Distraction Perpetrated By The GOP!
John Boehner and his cronies are trying once again to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people. For all of the bravado they demonstrated during the elections of 2010, they have nothing. No jobs, no innovative way to help the economy, nothing. If the best they can do over the next two years is spend their time victimizing women, we should not be surprised. They do it every single time they come up short on the real issues.
The first efforts of the Republican led House of Representatives was the bill that called for the repeal of the Health Care Reform bill. Because they knew that the Democrat led Senate would not further the repeal effort, and because they were absent any job creating, economy stimulating ideas, they followed the symbolic repeal effort with a new low. They decided that they would redefine rape and incest, so that federal funds would subsidize less abortions. Forcible rape is more serious than rape and only those victims of incest that are minors would be granted federally subsidized abortions. That is the swill these 'leaders' wanted women to drink.
HR 3 is a mind blower! The Hyde amendment has prevented any federal funding for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest and threat to the life of the mother since the 1970's. The GOP, again that party that pretends to promote government that stays out of the business of people, has determined that any organization that receives federal family planing funds may not provide abortions or they should forfeit the family planning funds. This specifically targets Planned Parenthood, which has been on the enemy list of the Republican party since its beginning. Without family planning funds, Planned Parenthood may as well shut its doors. That GOP victory would be a direct attack and assault on women. Free or low cost contraception, free or low cost cancer screenings, the most basic health care exams for women will effectively disappear if this bill becomes law. Why not just take us out into the public square and behead us? Much quicker that way!
A second thing that HR 3 does is prevent corporations or private citizens from being allowed to take tax credits for health insurance policies that allow abortions. It also prevents private funds in health savings accounts from being used for abortions.
In the end, what will we have? If John Boehner has his way, he and we will be left with Viagra!
John Boehner, where are the jobs? You and your party came into power in the House by promising to concentrate on jobs and the economy. None of your group would ever elaborate on what you would do to help the economy or create jobs. You all, in unison, kept saying that the specifics would be revealed in due time. We are still waiting. Surely, if you can redefine rape, you can define what the phrase 'in due time' means.