The Repuglican War on Women (pt 1: Oh, my Akin Ryan)

Congressional Claptrap

It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. Missouri Repuglican Todd Akin – Aug. 19, 2012

A couple of quick disclaimers before I begin:

  • This is not a complete listing. Including all the congressional misdeeds would make for a verrrrry long post. For a more complete synopsis, check out the “Emily’s List” post “The War on Women: Day by Day“. That was my primary source for this post.
  •  You may find that this post is less humorous than most of mine. To be honest, it’s hard to find a lot of humor in restricting rights for women. But, you know me, I’ll give it my best shot.

Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act” – Jan 7, 2011

Indiana Repuglican Mike Pence introduced H.R. 217, the “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,”, The bill would prohibit Planned Parenthood and over 100 other organizations from receiving any federal funds, even for pregnancy/STD testing, lifesaving cancer screenings and preventive care. This bill had 178 co-sponsors (3 “Gutless Blunders” (aka Democrats) & 175 Repugs) including Todd Akin & Paul Ryan.

Federal Personhood Legislation – Jan 20, 2011

California Repuglican Duncan Hunter, and lead cosponsor Iowa Repug Steve King, introduced federal personhood legislation in the “Life at Conception Act.” (H.R. 374) This bill had 120 co-sponsors (all Repugs).

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” – Jan 20, 2011

To celebrate the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, New Jersey Repug Chris Smith introduced HR 3, (HR 3 means that this is the 3rd bill introduced by the newly Republican controlled House of Representatives. So much for their “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS” campaign slogan.) called the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” The measure bans state insurance exchanges from covering abortion services. (Whatever happened to the “States Rights” mantra of the Repugs? Or does that only cover things that they want it to cover?) The measure would have also taken away tax credits to small businesses who spend their own funds on abortion care. It declared that an incest exception would only apply to minors, and it redefined rape as “forcible” i.e. “legitimate”. (And you wondered where Todd Akin came up with that idea?) John Boehner (ol’ “John of Orange”) said “it [H.R. 3] is one of our legislative priorities this Congress”  The bill passed the House on May 4. This bill had 227 co-sponsors (11 GB’s & 216 Repugs) including Todd Akin & Paul Ryan.

Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011” – Jan 20, 2011

Louisiana Repug John Fleming introduced H.R. 361, the “Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011,” (Shades of Orwellian doublespeak!) which would allow federally funded health care providers to deny abortions to their patients. This bill had 124 co-sponsors (5 GB’s & 119 Repugs) including Todd Akin & Paul Ryan.


Planned Parenthood-gutting bill passed – Feb 18, 2011

House Repugs pass Mike Pence’s Planned Parenthood-gutting bill as an amendment to a larger 2011 spending bill.ed

Republicans pass the 2011 Appropriations bill reinstating the D.C. abortion ban – Feb 19, 2011

Repugs pass the 2011 Appropriations bill reinstating the D.C. abortion ban, defunding Planned Parenthood and eliminating the Title X family-planning program, reinstating the global gag rule, and eliminating funding for the UN Population Fund.

Steve King: “Planned Parenthood is Invested in Promiscuity” – Mar 1, 2011

Iowa Repug Steve King proclaims on the floor of the House of Representatives that “Planned Parenthood is invested in promiscuity”.

“Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011.” – Mar 17, 2011

Repug Jeffrey Fortenberry introduced H.R. 1179, “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011,” This bill allowed employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage to their employees on religious grounds. This bill had 223 co-sponsors (10 GB’s & 213 Repugs) including Todd Akin & Paul Ryan.

House Repugs pass budget bill H.R. 1473, with a rider banning post-20-week abortions in D.C. – Apr 14, 2011

With a government shutdown closing in House Republicans slapped a rider onto the budget bill (H.R. 1473), banning post-20-week abortions in D.C.. It also contained a resolution defunding Planned Parenthood, including Medicaid reimbursements for family planning services and funding for critical primary and preventive care. This “would result in 1.4 million Medicaid patients — predominately women –losing access to their health care providers” according to Planned Parenthood.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act” – Jun 22, 2011

This act (H.R. 2299) outlawed the transportation of girls under 18 from one state to another for the purposes of obtaining a safe and legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice America said this would “endanger the health and safety of young women and threaten caring grandmothers with jail time.” This bill had 172 co-sponsors (5 GB’s & 167 Repugs) including Todd Akin & Paul Ryan.

Protect Life Act” – Oct 13, 2011

The house passed H.R. 358 The “Protect Life Act” would let hospitals deny women lifesaving abortion care. (Doublespeak strikes again!) This bill had 145 co-sponsors (6 GB’s & 239 Repugs) including Todd Akin & Paul Ryan.

Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act” – Dec 1, 2011

Arizona Repug Trent Franks introduced the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act” (H.R. 3541) The bill would subject a doctor to up to five years in prison for failing to determine if race or sex is a factor in a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy. This bill had 98 co-sponsors (4 GB’s & 94 Repugs).

House Republicans pass FY 2012 – Dec 16, 2011

House Republicans pass the FY 2012 appropriations package with massive funding cuts to the Title X National Family Planning Program.

National Pro-Life Waiting Period Act of 2012“- Jan 23, 2012

S.C. Repug Jeffrey Duncan of South Carolina introduced the “National Pro-Life Waiting Period Act of 2012,” (H.R. 3802). The bill mandated that abortion providers wait 24 hours after receiving written notification from a pregnant woman before performing an abortion.

Darrell Issa holds all-male hearing on contraception – Feb 16, 2012

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chair Repug Darrell Issa holds a contraception hearing featuring 10 witnesses, eight of whom are men and none of whom favor contraceptive coverage. Issa refuses to admit Democratic witness and Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.

Sanctity of Life Act” – Mar 15, 2012

Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1096, which defined human life as existing from conception – and declared that the word “person” shared said definition. (Can you say per-son-hood?)

HCR 112 (Paul Ryan’s budget) – Mar 23, 2012

Paul Ryan introduced his budget for 2013, which allowed insurance companies to continue to charge women higher premiums than men. It allowed them to deny coverage to women due to preexisting conditions. And it allowed them to refuse to cover maternity care. It also slashed Medicaid by 20% and converted it to a block grant. (Which, btw would cause over 14 million low-income Americans to lose coverage by 2021.) And finally, it slashed funding for child care, Head Start, and several other vital programs.

RNC chair Reince Priebus and the war on caterpillars – Apr 5, 2012

When Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt’s asked Reince Priebus (RNC Chair)  about the Republicans’ War on Women, Rience replied, “If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars. The fact of the matter is, it’s a fiction.(Somebody’s not paying attention, OR HE’S LYING!)

Priebus strikes again – Apr 11, 2012

Six days later Priebus was asked on MSNBC about his “war on caterpillars”. His reply: “I’m not going to walk back, I’m going to double down on it. This war on women is a fiction the Democrats have created…(So now he’s a “double down liar. As if no one would ever think to fact check his drivel.)

“Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012” – Apr 27, 2012

Florida Repug Sandy Adams introduced the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act (H.R.4970), which removed long-standing protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This bill had 40 co-sponsors, all Repugs.

Flood insurance and “Personhood”? – Jun 26, 2012

Tea Potty Repug (and Ron Paul heir) Rand Paul tried to sneak a personhood amendment into the federal flood insurance bill.

You may have noticed that there have been several  Democrats that joined the Repugs in a lot of this legislation. Almost every time it was the same ones.

A few of them (Jason Altmire [D-PA4]; Joe Baca [D-CA43]; John Barrow [D-GA12]) only co-sponsored 1, so I might give them a pass. There could have been external causes for their sponsorship.

But several of them are serial offenders (Madeleine Bordallo [GU0]; Dan Boren [D-OK2]; Jerry Costello [D-IL12]; Mark Critz [D-PA12]; Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]; Joe Donnelly [D-IN2]; Tim Holden [D-PA17]; Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3]; Mike McIntyre [D-NC7]; Collin Peterson [D-MN7]; Nick Rahall [D-WV3]; Mike Ross [D-AR4]; and Heath Shuler [D-NC11].)

On November 6th, when it’s time to take out the trash, dump these assholes in the compost pile. (It already stinks anyway.)

Grouchy

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