Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Woman's Right vs. the Right's Urge for Pathological Control

The One Constant Issue that Drives the Rightwing
A Fact the GOP Cannot Come to Grips About

A short segment on this movement (again on the move across mostly RED states) seen here and from this article here (intro): "When Virginia approved restrictions that could force abortion clinics to close, it joined a rapidly growing list of states that are energizing social conservatives by making it more difficult for women to terminate pregnancies."

This constant push by the GOP far right in most cases to control a woman and her health care concerns and decisions is back on the front burner and need not be so intense at the state level. We must ask why, and why now (again)?

Paul Ryan says in that NBC clip (above): "We don't want a country where abortion is simply outlawed; we want a country were it isn't even considered." That implies all the time. So, I wonder what Ob-Gyns have to say about that? Um ... remember this example from 2012:

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) falsely claimed that there wasn’t “one instance” where an abortion would be necessary to save the mother’s life during a debate for his reelection. Walsh made his controversial comments after an October 18 debate with Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth. Walsh said that with “modern technology and science, there wasn’t “one instance” where an abortion would be necessary to save the mother’s life."

When a reporter asked him to clarify that he was saying it was never medically necessary to perform an abortion to save the life of the mother, Walsh replied, “Absolutely.”

However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said that more than 600 women die each year due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth, and more would die if they didn’t have access to abortion. Walsh quickly backed down.

The ACOG issued a statement the next day: "Contrary to the inaccurate statements made yesterday by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), abortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health. Unfortunately, pregnancy is not a risk-free life event, particularly for many women with chronic medical conditions. Despite all of our medical advances, more than 600 women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related reasons right here in the US. In fact, many more women would die each year if they did not have access to abortion to protect their health or to save their lives."

This GOP as the background and facts show don't care about a woman's right to choose, a citizen's right to vote, or a Vets' right to health care, or most other so-called "social issues." They are locked in stone and thus, stone headed on most social issues as if they don't matter, only control over a woman and her health care matter to them.

One has to ask: How in the world can any woman ever be a Republican or vote Republican?


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