Republicans Will Pay: Outrage Grows Over Congress’ 29th Assault Against Women in 4 Months

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Planned Parenthood is not impressed with Congress. Specifically they are unimpressed with this Republican Congress’ (and a handful of Democrats’) ability to outright deny science and medicine in order to feed their political agenda.

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, issued a statement upon the news that Republicans had once again passed yet another ill-conceived bill:

“There is no science or medicine behind this bill — just politics. This is the 29th time in four months that Congress has tried to restrict abortion, which is outrageous. The American public does not want politicians to interfere in women’s personal medical decisions and does not want Congress to spend its time on this.

“While women should not have to justify their personal medical decisions, the reality is that abortion later in pregnancy is very rare and often happens under very complex circumstances — the very kind of circumstances where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available to them.”

They aren’t alone. 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton’s senior policy adviser Maya Harris pointed out that Republicans are putting women’s health at risk in a statement, “The bill puts women’s health and rights at risk, undermines the role doctors play in health care decisions, burdens survivors of sexual assault, and is not based on sound science.”

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was also unimpressed, calling out Republicans for failing to do anything but restrict rights for women, “The failed leadership of the Republican Congress has the jobs of hundreds of thousands of American workers being threatened by upcoming deadlines, with expiration of the Highway Trust Fund and the expiration of the Export-Import Bank days away. We have an urgent need for legislation to create jobs, raise wages and grow our economy for hard-working American families.

“Yet instead of creating jobs or strengthening hard-working families, Republicans have advanced another radical and unconstitutional effort to dismantle women’s right to comprehensive health care. This vote is just the latest measure in an unprecedented series of Republican assaults on women’s health care this Congress, from restricting how women can spend private money in purchasing coverage to enabling D.C. employers to fire women for buying birth control.

“Republicans should stop wasting time with radical assaults on women’s health, and start spending that energy finding solutions to the manufactured crises they have forced on the American people.”

But Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called the bill “the most pro-life legislation to ever come before this body”, which is odd because this bill actually endangers women’s health and their fertility, and interferes in a doctor’s right to make a judgment call for his or her patient. We can only assume that women are not included in “precious life” that Republicans are trying to protect, even as they work to make the one thing that actually reduces abortions less available (birth control).

Boehner also claimed that the bill reflects the will of the people, as if the will of the people has anything to do with what Republicans do in the House.

It’s also just horribly sad to force even more anguish upon a woman and her family who are facing horrible choices in a pregnancy. This is not an area for legislators. This is a personal liberty issue that impacts families across the country, and I highly doubt that even hardcore Republican families will be very pleased when they realize that their vote means they don’t get a say in whether Mommy gets medical treatment or dies. That’s a far cry from “small government”.

Of course Republicans have been spared facing the consequences of much of their crazy because the Senate has been a speed bump, and President Obama keeps his veto pen handy when Republicans start stealing Constitutionally-protected freedoms from citizens.

Here’s an idea. Why don’t legislators try to do the thing they were hired to do and that we pay them to do — which is not, last I checked, practicing medicine or denying privacy rights to half of the population. Congress should consider leaving medicine to the people who know things about it or at the very least respect science and are able to comprehend basic things like the results of a study or the meaning of “viable”.

Republicans in Congress– doing nothing for the unemployed and underemployed or infrastructure or public safety or homeland security. They’re just here to troll women’s liberties. Relentlessly. Twenty-nine times in four months.

The egregious assault on personal liberty continues unabated, and women are not impressed.

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27 Replies to “Republicans Will Pay: Outrage Grows Over Congress’ 29th Assault Against Women in 4 Months”

  1. When Hillary was a senator I lived in NY and she worked hard to get health centers opened in neighborhoods that didn’t have a whole lot of money for travel to get to other parts of the city. I found some old pictures of her on the internet at a wellness clinic, for unwed mothers who were pregnant scared kids mostly. She was at the ground breaking, then the ribbon cutting then went to visit constituents there. I didn’t know at the time that that was just one of many. They only think of Planned Parenthood as abortion!!! not disease diagnostic tests or birth control so there are less abortions, or delivering babies and caring for the mothers. They’ve never stepped foot in one of those places that they hate.

  2. I’m waiting for congressional women to propose a bill making male masturbation illegal, as it kills off millions of sperm. First violation is $1,000 fine; second violation a locked genital cage; third violation requires a vasectomy.

    The party of “smaller government” sure wants to monitor our bedrooms. Where’s their budget for policing our sexual lives?

    As Kathleen Turner says, men feel threatened by successful, professional women and think these pre-biblical laws will keep women at home and subservient. Total nut jobs……. no pun intended.

  3. We’ll see. If women remember these assaults on their rights in the voting booth the dems should win. Who knows, the American population has a very short memory.

  4. That is great if they do. Write a bill, and we can all send in our amendments. Like outlaw Viagra, and condoms(so when they leave their essence around they get caught).

  5. here is a solution that would solve a lot issues facing this nation- vote out every single republican and conservative from every single level of government, the courts, and law enforcement. 2016 cannot get here fast enough.

  6. Republicans said they could govern if they were given control of the Senate. They now have control of the Senate and the only thing they seem to want to govern is womens’ bodies. Th low information voters and the non-voters are the ones responsible for this mess we have. I hope more people show up to vote in 2016.

  7. Jobs bill? Environment Bill? Immigration Bill? Finance Bill? Infrastructure Bill? Minimum Wage Bill?


    Let’s go after American Women- again.

  8. The hypocrisy! One of the main complaints the GOP had against the ACA was that it puts the government between you and your doctor in making medical decisions. Well, what is this? And they’re always complaining there is too much government regulation, but they have no problem creating regulation when it comes to women’s health choices. Damn it, guys, stay out of my uterus!!!

  9. I find it interesting that whenever Boehner gets legislation passed that he KNOWS will be unpopular, he always proclaims that it is the will of the people.

    Those of us out here in reality land are fully aware that Boehner hasn’t listened to the will of the people for years. That that “will of the people” is, in fact, the will of christian fanatics that run congress.

    Until that “will of the people” is broken, we can forget about all the things that will create jobs. It will always be more important to control women and keep the gay community in its place.

  10. The problem Paul is not women in general, but about 35 to 40% of GOP women who do not think beyond what they have been told.

    They live in a cocoon of misinformation and fOX news. Most have been raised to be subservient to their husbands. They believe that singing praises to GOD as loudly as possible makes them Christian and you never, ever question the Church or its doctrine.

    Sadly, not all women just like men are intelligent free thinkers whether Dem or Repub. Although currently the Repubs do have a plethora of non-thinkers. We have a % of the population that really does not think, does no research and does not like facts that go against their beliefs.

  11. The stupid thing is this is a waste of time and money, Obama will NEVER sign it…… Why do they insist of wasting our MONEY???

  12. Considering that “women” make up the largest portion of the people – 50.8% & of that group 56.9% is of voting age. Also polling suggests that women tend to lean liberal (not all but a good percentage). Ergo, would it not make better sense to listen to what the majority of women want rather than a small segment of religious social conservatives, which tends to be mostly male?

  13. When I was a child I remember my mom bringing me to a health clinic. It was located on E. 188th Street in the Bronx.

  14. The attempts at the war on women especially those of anti-abortion, are all unconstitutional and should be treated as such by the DOJ or whoever oversees this.

  15. “…about 35 to 40% of GOP women who do not think beyond what they have been told. They live in a cocoon of misinformation and fOX news…”

    True. And how many of them are little old “white ladies” in cocooned in REAL fur coats who love digging their heel into the neck of the other/poor women while living an Anne Romney-esk/Phyllis Scafley fairy tale lifestyles?

    Gives me pause to wonder how much how many of them have personal influence and power that they derive from “sentencing” the other/poor women to a life with no control over their own body; is that a form of slavery?

  16. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it: anyone–especially any woman, minority, veteran, or LGBT person–who votes for a republican politician is an absolute fool.

  17. SinghX:
    Unfortunatelly they are NOT all “white ladies” there are plenty brown and black and creamuy ones, who are what I call “the
    Harem-Keepers”, they want to keep younger women in their place, as they have now a bit of authority and instead of wanting to do away with barbaric practices, they are the enforcers of “the norm”.

    Therefore the female circumcision continues, the marriage of female children to older men, by newly arrived groups from other lands, who with to continue the “culture & tradition”. Arranged marriages, & some father even killed his daughter to “protect his honor” while living in the USA and himself enjoying freedom and benefits from the new land. very sad

  18. Also Lorrene, I would stop all adds on Tv where women are the ones calling for the men to use their product. Our product will “create and keep an erection” Why oh why are women being used to advertise these products?
    Then there is the add, where the Man tells he is ready all the time…the women giggles, like a school child.
    You never see or hear a man, talking or advertising products for women do you?
    These adds turn my stomach!!! Does nothing for the respect women should have. I can just see and hear the rethugs, quietly smirking. Women. stop playing into the thugs hands..

  19. protection of my human rights and writer Почему я должна жить с прослушками, неужто фантастика стала причиной или стихи?

  20. It is call legal bigotry, lies and fraudulent laws. Passed by puppets, with their strings being manipulated by the MASTERS of GREED, and their GOD of CONTROL.

  21. I had a thought the other day…. Pro-life is the most misleading term that the anti-abortion crowd has came up with. Pro-delivery is a more accurate term. They don’t care about the mother. They don’t care about the baby once its out of the womb. They don’t care that the baby may be stillborn, or suffer horribly due to birth defects, or even die within a short period of time causing the whole family to suffer. They don’t care about the baby’s overall life, including nutrition, living situation, health, or even quality of life. Plus most of them believe in the death penalty.

    Until the pro-delivery crowd actually starts caring about the actual life of the family, I can’t call them pro-life. It is too misleading. Every stupid non-scientific thing they do cements this thought even further.

    They are not pro-life. They are pro-delivery and thats IT!!

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