Mike Pence has been relentless in his battle to have funding for Planned Parenthood stopped. Pence is of the belief that Planned Parenthood should not be getting federal funding is any form; not for their services relating to birth control, body image issues, relationships, sexual orientation, or sexual health. According to Planned Parenthood’s latest report, abortions account …
I’ve gotten about five emails this week from Planned Parenthood, but I’m not complaining; they’re as upset as I am about the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. In essence, the Bill plans to make sure that all abortions must be paid for out of pocket, further limiting the options available to women who are considering whether or not they want to have a child. But the section that has received the most press isn’t particularly about health care, and the original language is as follows:
“‘The limitations established in sections 301, 302, 303, and 304 shall not apply to an abortion–
(1) if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest; or
(2) in the case where the pregnant female suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”
To sum up: If a woman is pregnant because she was raped or a victim of incest, or is in danger of injury to herself because of the pregnancy or a pre-existing condition, she can have an abortion funded by health insurance of any kind, and there are no admitted limitations on her actions. As if limiting women’s right to choose wasn’t enough, the Bill creates a moral hierarchy with this clause. The lawmakers supporting this Bill have decided that abortion is evil for every woman, but excusable for these specific situations; rape and incest. Within those scenarios, there’s a further hierarchy: “forcible” rape (seemingly in opposition to “grey rape”), and acts of incest that occur towards those under eighteen, become higher than rape or incest as general categories.
Facing mounting pressure, “The word forcible will be replaced with the original language from the Hyde Amendment,” Representative Smith spokesman Jeff Sagnip told POLITICO. Now the Bill will merely do the work that the Hyde Amendment has done since 1976. The dismissal of the term “forcible rape” was torn apart by The Daily Show on Wednesday night, perhaps prompting the GOP to clarify their position.
Concurrently, I can’t decide which aspect of the original Bill is worse. It’s attack on the very definition of rape, and the right of a woman to an abortion. It’s managed to potentially hurt women on both fronts. Pro-life advocates who support the Bill inherently support creating moral hierarchies within areas of personal choice. Though I hope that even in its new form it’s unlikely it will gain enough support to make waves, the continued attacks upon the right to choose (and the chipping away of support for rape victims) make this such an incredibly difficult move to comprehend. It makes me fear for the future. So to Planned Parenthood: Keep those emails coming.
Additionally, Talking Points Memo via Gawker points out that the bill, introduced by Representative Smith (R-NJ), hasn’t been discussed much by the Republicans behind it. Also, for those who need a visual, please check out exactly who is supporting this Bill.
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I am one of those people incapable of winning a verbal argument, even if I am 100% right. There’s some sort of short circuit between my brain and my mouth that renders me useless in a public debate of any sort. However, as one of my high school social studies teachers infamously said to me, “You can write your way out of a sealed cardboard box.” The problem with putting your ideas, opinions, and arguments into writing, though, particularly with the advent of the internet, is that they become a matter of public record.
Hans Zeiger, a Republican running for the Washington State House of Representatives, has recently discovered this very notion.
The 25-year-old Zeiger, a writer and senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union, is also an Eagle Scout … and a vocal opponent to the apparent feminist breeding ground that is the Girl Scouts of America.
According to Washington’s News Tribune , this is just one excerpt of many Zeiger pieces that have been removed at his request from public viewing:
One might wonder why the Girl Scouts have been spared the painful attacks that have been launched upon the Boy Scouts by the Left in recent years. The reasons are simple: the Girl Scouts allow homosexuals and atheists to join their ranks, and they have become a pro-abortion, feminist training corps. … If the Girl Scouts of America can’t get back to teaching real character, perhaps it will be time to look for our cookies elsewhere.
You know, I was a Girl Scout leader for several years. I don’t recall ever once encouraging my girls to play doctor naked, disavow God in any way, hate men on general principle, or prepare their bodies for multiple abortions.
We focused more on things like community service, personal responsibility for your actions (and I’m talking “don’t hit Susy back just because she hit you,” not “if you find yourself pregnant, go to Planned Parenthood and get an abortion … hell, get two or three”), a sense of girls not feeling oppressed because of their gender, and being …
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It is no secret how I feel about Sarah Palin. I think she is an incompetent upstart. I think she’s a hypocrite. I think she is an embarrassment to women everywhere who have fought long and hard to be taken seriously.
I would never wish death upon her, though.
Which is what New Hampshire State House candidate Keith David Halloran did on the Facebook page of Republican D.J. Bettencourt, who had a link up to the obituary of Alaska’s former Senator Ted Stevens. Stevens, a legend in Alaskan politics, died when his plane crashed en route to a fishing trip this past week.
In response to the post, Halloran wrote, “Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board,” referring to Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston, the father of her grandson.
Halloran’s statement received a quick response from the state GOP, which said, “His publicly stated death wish for Gov. Palin and her family is abhorrent, and has no place in our public discourse.”
You know, I don’t always agree with Republicans, but they were absolutely right on this one. I mean, that’s just … sick.