Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.
Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care.
To read news coverage of the anti-insurance bill that Republicans passed instead of a 20-week ban on abortion, you’d think the new bill is no big deal. In reality, though, it’s just as bad in most ways.
Sen. Rand Paul marked last week’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by arguing for the urgent passage of his federal ‘personhood’ legislation. But in 2013, he said he was in no rush to pass his own legislation, which, he claimed, was intended to spark a discussion.
For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.
Concerned about a possible female GOP “revolt” over a 20-week abortion ban, Republicans will pinch-hit with another bill from their deep bench of anti-choice legislation—a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage.
The agenda is “a powerful platform for us to really organize ourselves, to speak on our own behalf, and to be at the table when decisions are being made about us,” said La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director at New Voices Pittsburgh.
January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.
The anti-immigration amendment was sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who is also the co-sponsor of a federal bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for fetal anomalies or for a woman’s health unless her life is in danger.
“The tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in a speech this week.