This Comic was reblogged from the article, “Republicans After Abortion” from the ‘Monsters and Fools’ blog. (http://monstersandfools.com/2013/06/30/republicans-after-abortion/)
Hearing the recent Pro-Life legislative activity in Texas and Ohio makes me worried about the future of our country.
One has to wonder why the different states are taking the extreme steps to control the reproduction activities of today’s American families. Some have suggested the events are to excite the republican right wing base; others see it as a smoke screen hiding the fact that the legislators are not doing the work they campaigned about–like creating jobs and improving the economy. Others have theorized that their goal is to have one of their extreme laws be contested and have the Supreme Court review it. That would then be an opportunity for the Roberts’ Court to rule on Roe v Wade. Yet others assume their goal is for all three to happen.
I realize that the recent events are State Issues. I feel we are fortunate to live in New York State since we are usually on the progressive side of the social warfare pendulum. But we may be in trouble when these become Federal Issues. I get extremely worried when our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, who is a catholic, seems to put his religious beliefs above his constitutional oath. On May 10, in response to a report that he was put ‘On Notice” by Emily’s List for his “backwards, anti-women agenda”, Reed said, “I am pro-life; I never shied away from that. That is my belief, and that’s what we’ve told the voters of the 23rd Congressional District.”
His voting record shows that he is worst than pro-life. He voted against equal pay for equal work and the Violence Against Women act. He supported the recent House abortion bill, to spend millions of tax dollars defending DOMA and supported the Farm Bill which cut billions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He has constantly voted against women and improving lower income family situations.
As the comic suggests, the republicans will not cease to amaze us. One has to wonder how he’ll vote when more radical issues are brought up. The Ohio abortion law, which passed this week with no discussion in their legislature before being approved by a party line vote, may actually outlaw any oral contraceptive. It also re-defines what a pregnancy is. It forces health teachers to tell their students lies about abortions, and what a physician can and can not tell his patients. a It would also force women to undergo an ultrasound before having the procedure. The new rule blocks abortion clinics from transferring patients to public hospitals, if they need more care, after a procedure. What will happen when these laws creep into a federal bill in the future. Will our representative finally get a backbone or follow the radical right?
The “Transport Of Women By Hair Act” might not be far off.
- Ohio Governor Signs Extreme Anti-Abortion Measures (huffingtonpost.com)
- All eyes on round two of Texas abortion bill (tv.msnbc.com)
- Ohio joins Texas in middle of abortion spotlight (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Six Truly Unbelievable Ways Ohio Has Just Eviscerated Women’s Rights (feimineach.com)
- Will Texas women stop having sex? (wnd.com)