President Obama Drops A Veto Bomb On Republican Abortion Ban Bill

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President Obama’s veto hammer gets no rest since Republicans have taken over Congress. The White House has announced that the president will veto a bill that House Republicans are expected to pass that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks.

The White House issued Obama’s veto threat in a statement of administration policy:

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 36, which would unacceptably restrict women’s health and reproductive rights and is an assault on a woman’s right to choose. Women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care, and Government should not inject itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.

Over the past forty years, since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose. H.R. 36 is a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s holdings on abortion. Not only is the basis for H.R. 36 scientifically disputed, the bill disregards women’s health and rights, the role doctors play in their patients’ health care decisions, and the Constitution. Furthermore, the provision that requires rape and incest survivors to report the crime to a law enforcement agency or child welfare authority in order to have access to an abortion after the 20-week mark demonstrates a complete disregard for the women who experience sexual assault and the barriers they may face in reporting. Research indicates that the majority of survivors have not reported their sexual assaults to law enforcement.

The Administration is continuing its efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, expand access to contraception, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. At the same time, the Administration is committed to the protection of women’s health and reproductive freedom and to supporting women and families in the choices they make.

If the President were presented with this legislation, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.

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The Republican backed bill contains no regard for the liberty and health of women. The bill is an effort by House Republicans to claim that they know more than women and their doctors. If the shoe was on the other foot, and legislation was proposed that attacked the liberty and health of men, you can be certain that John Boehner would storm to the front of the room and rage against the attack on liberty that is being carried out against men.

Republicans never discuss their attacks against women in these terms. House Republicans love to attach the word freedom to everything, but they don’t want confront the uncomfortable reality that their anti-abortion crusades are attempt to destroy the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for an entire gender.

Those who hold a cynical political mind may suggest that this legislation is nothing more than the annual token Republican attempt to cater to the anti-choice “family values” wing of the Republican Party, but this legislation is much more.

The bill is an attack on a person’s right to choose her own path and make her own decisions. It is a bill that imposes male entitlement over an entire gender. It is a legislative attempt to keep women barefoot and in the kitchen.

This is the sort of legislation that deserves a swift and fast president veto. It is also the kind of bill that reminds women and men that the presidency of Barack Obama matters now more than ever before.

24 Replies to “President Obama Drops A Veto Bomb On Republican Abortion Ban Bill”

  1. You libbies have lost. America is ready for conservatism. Obama’s “Veto Hammer” is only going to sink the liberal brand even deeper as he is defying the will of the American people.

  2. It really does not matter what bills Congress sends him. He will veto every one of them, then say congress did nothing since they came to power.

  3. Defying the will of the people? You mean the will of a vocal minority, whose bullying tactics of hate filled fear mongering only shows that this very vocal miniscule minority of the population once again stands on the wrong side of history. Sad that you can not see past your own ego and see how many have been hurt by the conservatism you extol and celebrate. The rest of us in America and others in the world are seeing the damage modern day conservatism, the American evangelical fundamentalistic version, has done and continues to do. Get a clue: hate does nothing good for your soul.

  4. Repub B.. is that all you guys do start with calling names. His “veto” is going to knock some sense into those who have done nothing but bring America down. Get over it! What goes around, comes around so get out the way. In other words STFU. Payback is a bitch, Isn’t it!

  5. It’s cognitive dissonance. What RATIONAL people saw in the recent shellacking, which was a major refutation of progressive ideology, progressives saw as a voter turnout problem…or some other ex nihilo factor they are incapable of explaining…

  6. Hahahahahaha! Oh, Johhny, Johhny, Johhny…you are part of the reason why the United States has so many children in poverty. You are the reason for everything WRONG in this country. The sad thing is? You don’t even see it. Talk about cognitive dissonance…

  7. Republican bills designed to destroy the United States in order to benefit the wealthy and well-connected – and that excludes you – will definitely be vetoed. And that’s a good thing. You just don’t have the wherewithal to understand it.

    I blame home-schooling…

  8. You mean as exemplified in the 20.7 MILLION MORE VOTES that Democrats got v. Rethuglicans in the 2014 Senate elections?

    Yep, 20.7 MILLION MORE VOTES!

    http://www.vox.com/2015/1/3/7482635/senate-small-states/in/5654656

    Or did you mean as exemplified by Pres. Obama’s TWO LANDSLIDE shellackings of you Rethuglicans?

    What, you say they were “Landslides”?

    WRONG little buckaroo. Why, even your radical-right rogues gallery of pundits like George Will, Larry Kudlow and Dick Morris would call them LANDSLIDES.

    http://volokh.com/2013/09/26/ted-cruz-derangement-syndrome/#comment-1060343661

  9. Our nation was founded by Liberals who knew the dangers of “conservatism” and did not want a repeat of their ancestors’ lives…as was our Constitution framed by Liberals with much foresight.

  10. Agree Dj. Would love to hear just what this poster has to answer.
    I remember, wars, men and women coming home with no arms , legs, half their body gone, jobs sent over seas, no medical, only service jobs available, Higher cost of education after high school and rethugs proudly saying No to every action the Pres wanted to take. Staying true to their words of OBSTRUCTION, while the country went down the tubes and the Kochs got more and more control.

  11. Anne a very good book. Wonder tho- if even this would make a difference to thugs?Don’t think so, these thgus have been feed a line of rethug thought for so many years surrounded by having it repeated over and over, until the sound of truth does not reach the thinking brain.

  12. This is another Republican attack on the civil rights of Americans. Too, our founders warned us about legislative tyranny. Republicans loathe and detest the American values of our founders. In Federalist Paper 48, Alexander Hamilton wrote of legislative tyranny saying that our founders seemed “never to have recollected the danger from legislative usurpations, which, by assembling all power in the same hands, must lead to the same tyranny as is threatened by executive usurpations.”

    The Republican attack on women’s civil rights of reproductive control over their own bodies is just another example of a Republican-controlled Congress exercising its legislative tyranny over the civil rights of American citizens.

  13. The main issues in the last congressional election were economics, ACA, terrorism, rioters supporting criminals, and the poor performance of Ebola fighting actions in the USA. The Republicans used the anti-abortion obsessed voters to get a few extra votes to help win elections. The real Republican leadership, it is not who you usually think they are, had no intention of making abortion a priority issue. This election was about money, private property rights, giving political cover for rioters who support criminals, firearms ownership and usage rights, protecting the banksters, and forcing President Obama to actually veto legislation he does not like instead of having the US Senate be the stopping point. The religious fanatics got used and duped again by the money men to elect a Republican majority in the US Senate.

  14. Have you all lost your sense of empathy, or your god forsaken sense of understanding & compassion? No doubt that a woman who is considering getting an abortion is in a heartbreaking situation of tragic circumstance but this is a MEDICAL DECISION that is best left to the woman, her faith, her family, and her doctor ONLY, not the f*cking govt. But hey, in the mean time, I as a WOMAN will just try to avoid getting raped. Because if I do and I decide not to report it to the police I will by LAW be required to carry the pregnancy to full term. Morally disgusted with the U.S. govt. & other individuals making BIG DECISIONS about MY BODY for me. Because we women lack the capacity and autonomy to make our own sound decisions that will ultimately determine MY FATE. Thank you GREAT WHITE FATHERS for taking away my constitutional right. and F*ck all of you who are offended. OBAMA IS MY HERO for trying to veto this. [WINK]

  15. There is no doubt that a woman who is considering getting an abortion is in a heartbreaking situation of tragic circumstance but this is a MEDICAL DECISION that is best left to the woman, her faith, her family, and her doctor ONLY, not the f*cking govt. But hey, in the mean time, I as a WOMAN will just try to avoid getting raped. Because if I do and I decide not to report it to the police I will by LAW be required to carry the pregnancy to full term. Morally disgusted with the U.S. govt. & other republican/conservative/fundamentalist christian individuals making BIG DECISIONS about MY BODY for me. Because we women lack the capacity and autonomy to make our own sound decisions that will ultimately determine MY FATE. Thank you GREAT WHITE FATHERS for taking away my constitutional rights and F*CK all of you religious zealots who are offended & stop trying to manifest destiny on my UTERUS. OBAMA IS MY HERO for trying to veto this. [WINK]

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