GOP’s Attack on Women: Take Action to Protect Women’s Rights + Health.

Via Emily Nuchols
on Mar 2, 2011
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“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” — Madeline Albright.

In Ohio this week, a 9-week old fetus is set to “testify” to law makers via a live ultrasound in favor of the pro-life Heartbeat Bill. The legislation that would outlaw abortions as soon as doctors can detect a heartbeat (about 6 weeks).

“I think it’s a stunt that trivializes women’s health,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. “It’s obvious this committee is a lot more interested in making headlines than in giving women better access to health care…” If enacted, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

As a woman. No, as a human. It’s hard not to take offense to this mind-blowing outrageousness. The scary part is that other states are chomping at the bit to beat out Ohio with a more restrictive bill. From Georgia to South Dakota and Texas, GOPers are waging an all out war on women’s reproductive health…

Last week via Mother Jones:

Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin—who last year proposed making rape and domestic violence “victims” into “accusers”—has introduced a 10-page bill that would criminalize miscarriages and make abortion in Georgia completely illegal. Both miscarriages and abortions would be potentially punishable by death: any “prenatal murder” in the words of the bill, including “human involvement” in a miscarriage, would be a felony and carry a penalty of life in prison or death. Basically, it’s everything an “pro-life” activist could want aside from making all women who’ve had abortions wear big red “A”s on their chests.

I doubt that these archaic bills will pass, but the kicker is that none of these bills show concern at all for women’s health or well-being… In the bill’s logic, a fertilized egg is the same as a human, and its destruction is murder. If you’re a woman, have a girlfriend, a wife, sister, daughter or mother — you should be livid.

On February 18, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives — led by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), a fierce opponent of abortion rights — voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care. The bill slashed the nation’s family planning program from $327 million to zero — a program that serves 5 million women every single year.

Planned Parenthood is the largest women’s health care provider in America — 1 in 5 women in America count on their health centers for care. Because of Planned Parenthood, every year more than 1 million women get cancer screenings, more than 1.2 million teens will get honest sex education and more than 2.5 million women receive birth control to allow them one of the most basic human rights — to plan their family for themselves.

In a video from the House floor, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) — a pro-life advocate, btw — said: “The best way to reduce abortion in this country is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. This bill, this amendment will increase the number of abortions in this country.”

While this is being called the GOP’s anti-abortion agenda, I’m going to call it what it is: an all out war on women’s rights.

“On behalf of the 3 million women who have turned to us this year. Congressman Mike Pence, you ignited a movement,” Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards said at a rally.

Since the House stripped funding for family planning, more than 700,000 people have signed Planned Parenthood’s petition. We can stop this in the Senate. Let’s make sure our Senators hear us loud and clear. TAKE ACTION NOW! Share this petition with everyone you know. Get loud. And fight!

The most ironic part yet? March is Women’s History Month. Just this week, President Obama released a proclamation that states:

In America, we must lead by example in protecting women’s rights and supporting their empowerment… As we prepare to write the next chapter of women’s history, let us resolve to build on the progress won by the trailblazers of the past. We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements, and no remaining ceilings to shatter.

Our rights and our health is under attack. At the end of the day, how we decide to take care of our bodies and how we decide plan our families should not be up to a bunch of old men with a ideological agenda. It should be up to us. Access to health care is a basic human right — whether you’re a woman or a man, pro life or pro choice. Today, fight as if your lives depended on it — because in this crazy world, it actually does.


About Emily Nuchols

An eco warrior obsessed with traveling and promoting conservation, Emily is the co-founder of Under Solen Media and the team's go-to girl for everything non-profit and environment related. Armed with a B.A in Environmental Journalism from Western Washington University, she has spent the last few years on the frontlines of conservation efforts, working to save Pacific Northwest wild salmon and restore flee-flowing rivers. When she’s not talking or writing about the environment, she’s out exploring it, and is known to seek out places where she can get in a good morning yoga session or trail run.


14 Responses to “GOP’s Attack on Women: Take Action to Protect Women’s Rights + Health.”

  1. SriDTMc says:

    great article. such important stuff. get's me all riled up just thinking about the hypocrisy of some of our leaders. as you can see, this post is far more well-researched and eloquent than my rant on the same topic from about a week ago:
    i got so excited i felt the need to start yelling about spaceships and ascension. it all ties in somehow…

  2. Danette says:

    What about the baby's right to have a life. Adoption is a wonderful option. I know, my husband and I adopted four children last November!

  3. kathrynkonrad says:

    One of my teachers in college told me once that if men had children, abortion would be considered a sacrament. But in the case of women in this country, it is seen as unloving to put one's own needs first, or that they don't even have the facilities to be able to make that decision in the first place.

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