Guest Post By Ebbtide
It's interesting that I actually wrote this article, including the above quote, more than a week before the whole Limbaugh/Fluke/prostitute/slut debacle. I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise when it all happened, but it still caught me somewhat offguard that:
Once that brilliant bit of legislation passed both houses and
crazy Right Wing zealot Vice-Presidential hopeful
Governor McDonnell saw that the concept of basically forcible rape by virtue of
the Virginia legislature was NOT being welcomed with open arms around his state
or across the country, he used his big man-hands to revise the bill to give
women a choice of what type of ultrasound they would prefer to be subjected to.
(Would you prefer arsenic or hemlock?) Of course, he acted completely surprised
at what was in the bill until it had been discussed for weeks, and until
protests outside his office “opened his eyes” to what was going on. Sure, Bob.
Patricia Heaton (she played Raymond’s wife on “Everybody Loves Raymond”) had a field day on Twitter entertaining all her “Tweatons” with hateful comments about Fluke, before shutting down her Twitter account (or, in RWNJ terminology, “Driven off Twitter by liberal haters.”
And, of course, Michele (one l) Bachmann hilariously said just a week or so ago, “The Republican Party is extremely pro-women.”
Just to touch briefly on these personhood bills and ballot initiatives that are popping up all over the place. (although, even the most conservative state in the country,
voted overwhelmingly against a personhood amendment. But, the wingers will be
back later, I’m sure.) In many cases,
the way these bills will not only be a backdoor means of outlawing abortion,
but will severely curtail the use of most forms of contraception. Not counting
the failed bill in Mississippi ,
personhood bills and ballot initiatives have been introduced in 13 states: Mississippi
Now let’s take a look at some of the positions/comments made by the current crop of would-be Republican Presidential candidates, shall we? Romney doesn’t have much to say that directly relates to women’s rights, although everything he does say, he then recants a few hours later and recalibrates his position, so there’s not much point in any of his quotes.
Ø Santorum and Gingrich would like to zero out funds for programs including dedicated solely to providing family planning services and contraception to low-income women.
Ø From the NY Times Editorial Board before the Iowa primary: “But the message from Iowa was crystal clear: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman Jr., Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry all stand ready to restrict a woman's right to make her own childbearing decisions and deny essential health care to millions of women. The Republican field is united in its determination to overturn Roe v. Wade; to appoint Supreme Court justices supportive of that goal; and to end government payments to Planned Parenthood for family planning services, cancer screening and other vital health services provided to low-income women. The candidates also want to reinstate the global gag rule that barred family planning groups abroad receiving federal money from even talking about abortion.”