From the “guerrilla activists” trying to take down Planned Parenthood to the state and federal legislators (from both parties) further restricting women’s access to abortion, 2011 has seen more assaults on women’s most fundamental rights yet – even more even under the Bush years. There are 3 anti-abortion federal bills and more than 200 state level bills restricting access to abortion (and cutting funds for birth control, cancer screenings and other basic care for women into the attacks for good measure). Many of the state-level bills pose fundamental challenges to Roe v. Wade, paving the way for Supreme Court challenges down the line. What we need is an outpouring of resistance to this assault on the humanity of women!
A New Jersey writer speaks out for the first time about her own rape and her reaction to Congressman Chris Smith’s bill which, she argues, is designed to demolish long-established American freedoms and to undermine the health and rights of poor and middle class women.
Chris Smith will remove the word “forcible” from his bad anti-abortion bill, NRTL says Medicaid doesn’t pay for the abortions of unbattered rape victims anyway, will contraceptives become free preventative medicine, don’t try to read RH Reality Check on a ferry in Canada, and the Senate does not repeal the health care law.
Women who use IVF at a higher risk for maternal mortality, Rand Paul can’t decide who’s a person, and Rep. Chris Smith’s anti-abortion bill tries to redefine rape.
Two men can be listed on the birth certificates of their twins in Connecticut, Saletan looks at the Gosnell case, the “state of the unborn,” Rep. Smith’s new protected class of people, and Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) declares forced ultrasound bill to be an “emergency.”
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) claims his bill would “only” codify, or make permanent, the Hyde Amendment. But it goes far beyond current law, seriously compromise women’s access to reproductive health care, and hamstring government operations.
Chris Smith is obsessed with abortion, and with thwarting women’s rights. Smith, whose top campaign contributor is Right to Life’s PAC, has made it his mission to make both contraception and safe abortion inaccessible here and abroad.
Concern for women’s rights among many conservatives extends only as far as it can be used against our enemies.
In a day to go down in history, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke the political sound barrier regard the word “abortion” and may well have forever changed the course of US policy.