Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Old Issue: GOP Has New Extreme Tricks - Wordsmithing Comes to Mind

Should Be This Way

Ends Up This Way
(if GOP gets its way)

Abortion foes, encouraged by this new GOP control of the House and Senate, are rallying behind a bill they believe will be the first step in a new campaign against the procedure.

The GOP is about to “fast-track” a bill that would prohibit abortion 20 weeks after fertilization: it’s called and now get this – another fancy label: “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” They want to vote on it January 22 to coincide with the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Over in the senate, Sen. Lindsey “Mint Julep” Graham (R-SC) is expected ​​​introduce a version in the ​​​​​​Senate. GOP ​Majority Leader Mitch “Mr. Peepers” McConnell (R-KY) has already promised to bring it to a​ vote.

A similar ​​ban ​after 20 weeks, reflecting a belief that the fetus can feel pain , was approved in ​the GOP-controlled House ​in 2013 but ever got a vote in the Senate under the DEMS.

That bill didn't pass the House ​without controversy, however.

In response to calls for a rape-exemption, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) said​​​​ (now get this – sound familiar): ​​​ “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

T​he latest version of the legislation, introduced by Franks on the first day of Congress includes exemptions for incidences of rape or incest and to protect the life of the mother. However, even some female GOP lawmakers believe those exemptions aren't wide enough (a report from Politico), with this sticking point: Women seeking the rape exemption would be required to report the assault to police.

Some GOP women in the House first stated their opposition to the language on one day and now a day later, reversal - they must have been threatened someway - that part of the reason why they backpedalled, I am sure, will come out. Story here (TPM.com) about one GOPer Rep (woman):

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Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) 

Wow – talk about GOP wanting to control a woman from rape to whenever … yet, they proclaim there is no war on women. Yeah, right. Okay, maybe not a “traditional” war, just a limited engagement with light combat and only a few dead and wounded scattered around. No biggie, right boys? I say boys because the boys are leading the pack as it were.

I’m surprised this GOP does not call this new bill “The Todd Akin-Richard Mourdock-Foster Friess Bayer Aspirin Sex and Rape Prevention Act.”

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