Remember that little election thing we had back in November of last year? Since voting was at its lowest since WW2, chances are you were too scared of Ebola to see the real infectious and deadly disease coming; that is, Republicans taking the Senate. Indeed, now that the albino turtle and his tribe of Koch snorting fiscal terrorists and christofascists are firmly in control-although not filibuster-proof–of both the House and the Senate, the Kraken has been released and the craziness has officially begun.
The War on Christmas is over, the War on Women is back.
Not willing to fight anything that requires actual valor and danger, Republicans (mostly dudes) have been waging a war on women and reproductive rights since 2010. But now that they control the Senate, they aren’t wasting any time bringing the war against big uterus back to the frontlines.
On Tuesday, Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) reintroduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which evidently was the exact same legislation that successfully passed the House last year.
What the hell is it and why should you care?
It’s a bill that seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks, thus in direct violation of the protections afforded under Roe v. Wade. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain’s Mint Julep-drinking Southern belle who’s so deep in the closet he’s finding Christmas gifts, plans on re-introducing a similar measure he put out last year. The anti-choice bill ultimately caved in the face of a Democratically controlled Senate. But since the crazies took over the senate wing of the asylum, Graham intends to re-introduce it.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the audience at the National Right to Life Conference in the fall:
In a Republican Senate, under my leadership, we would have the kind of real debate on the issues that the American people want. For six years, the president has been isolated from this growing movement. He will be forced to listen to the cause that’s brought us all here this morning. (Think Progress)
Americans could care less about abortion
Americans attitudes on abortion have changed very little in the years following Roe V Wade. And most still feel that it’s a decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor. And a REAL doctor.
From the Atlantic:
For one thing, opinion about abortion is remarkably stable. Since the 1970s, we have seen considerable changes in attitudes towards gay marriage and marijuana legalization but not in opinions about abortion. Take a question that Gallup has asked more than 50 times since 1975: Should abortion be legal in certain circumstances? That year, 54 percent said yes. When CNN’s pollsters asked the same question in May 2013, 54 percent gave that response, with 20 to 25 percent at the extremes. Polls also show that Americans simultaneously believe that the decision to have an abortion should be a personal choice between a woman and her doctor.
It’s really no wonder they were the least productive Congress and had an approval rating of herpes simplex one in 2014. But now that they can no longer say not to the black guy and actually have to govern, they will likely frame their extremist ideas along the lines of being able to finally represent the people.