Sunday, December 27, 2015

GOP Front and Center Issue: "War on Women and their Health Care" Raw and Harsh

The Issue at Stake Again: Birth Control
(Abortions All-Time Low — Clinics Under Attacks All-Time High)

Forthcoming USSC Cases
(Will Men Again Rule the Outcome for Women)

Message for All Women
(Child Bearing Age or Not)

This update is on the heels of the original post below. This update comes from here and is very comprehensive:

USSC next year biggies on abortion and women's health care (birth control)... this at the center (MY NOTES IN RED).

The court will also hear a sequel to Hobby Lobby, on the question of whether the Obama administration’s opt-out process for covering contraception itself violates religious freedom.

So, what if certain women have no religious preference? Don't they still have rights under the ACA, by Roe v. Wade, and/or by medical science under their Ob-Gyn’s care and advice to make any choice about their health care and especially reproductive rights?

Looming the year's biggest battles over abortion rights.

I ask in all seriousness, will religious zealous end up ruling the country. Let’s face it, our country was not founded on religious freedom except stated that individuals choose their preference or no preference and government cannot dictate or mandate or take away from that. Government shall not set religious tests, speech, or choice policies. So, why now again?  Oh, yeah, for political gain mostly.

We are a nation where you can, or cannot; may, or may not be held to any religious beliefs. That choice and freedom is what makes America great. Sadly, most GOPers fail to see that or if they do, they are tainted by fear, hype, or are simply rigid and overzealous in their views of their rights while infringing on someone else’s rights.  

The original post starts from here:  We need to review things over the past few years to kick off this post. 

Targets of the GOP: Women, Kids, Vets, Low-income Workers, Unions, Public Employees, Minorities, the poor, the needy, Immigrants; you name it: The GOP hates to support and help them in just about any decent and fair way.
Not only does the GOP want to reduce social programs, but in some cases, totally do away with them (i.e., SNAP (food stamp program); Women's access to their own health care, or more recently redefine rape (hint: rape is rape – it needs no definition), and birth control since they are losing the battle over abortion (more on that below in this update).
A few examples need to be cited and remembered:
From former U. S. Rep. and U. S. Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) who redefined rape as sometimes “Legitimate Rape.”
From former U. S. Rep. and also a former U. S. Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock (R-IN) who once said: “If a rape results in pregnancy it is gift from God.”
Or how about from GOP-Conservative millionaire Foster Friess (R-WI) who said once that “God is the chairman and CEO of my company.” And, then went on also say on national TV that: “Gals in my days used to put a Bayer aspirin between their legs. That usually worked to prevent pregnancies.”
And many states moves know no bounds when it comes to being against women.
 (Note: Some of these things may have since been changed or repealed since they were first reported on):
(1)  South Dakota GOP proposed a bill could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care, also in a few other states like Kansas and Arizona, too.
(2)  The GOP in Congress cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids (the WIC program).
(3)  In Maryland the GOP moved to end all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. 
(4)  Also, in the GOP-run House, they voted to cut Head Start by $1 billion.
(5)  The GOP regularly attempts to cut and gut or do away with “Planned Parenthood” and their health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in the country, and BTW: abortion is not their primary service as the GOP would have us believe.
(6)  GOP-run states have taken away or seriously limited birth control coverage in the new ACA for women in need with some 50 million women now using birth control – USSC 5-4 in the Hobby-Lobby and couple other cases – 5-4 / all men voted that Corporations are people and can make that call under their freedom of religious choice.
(7)  The GOP in Congress has severely cut Food Stamps (SNAP program) and Vet benefits (and yes, Vet families use food stamps, too – how shameful is that double whammy)?
The bottom line, and let’s face it, the bottom is appropriate word to use the GOP’s nearly total disregard and disrespect for the poor, women in general, and worse needy women who happen to be poor or low-income, voters who want to get change and are blocked in some places from even voting for change. Recall the PA GOP House Speaker who infamously said about restrictive voter laws in PA: “Passed will ensure Mitt Romney wins PA – done.”
The GOP  can run (even run for reelection), but they cannot hide as hard as they try and with slick, clever and well-funded PR machines – they cannot duck history or their past no matter how much lipstick (as Sarah Palin once said) they put on a pig – “it’s still a pig.”
Facts – don’t cha’ just love to see them dodged out of inclination towards undocumented opinion?  Freedom of speech is great in America, even to dodge, duck, and deceive while enjoying that freedom – kind of sad really.
Now for the update – which in many respects is very good news and should keep the GOP focused, but probably will not cite this story and here – which is good news. The headlines kind of says it all:
Republicans look to end ‘war on women’ with fight over birth control
The U.S. abortion rate has declined by 35 percent over two decades, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released December 11th. The current rate is the lowest ever recorded since the government began tracking abortion data in the mid-1970s.
  • For example, in 1990, the abortion rate was 27.4 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.
  • In 2010 (the most recent year analyzed in the study) that rate had dropped to 16.7 per 1,000 women.
  • During the same time period, pregnancy rates decreased by 10 percent, reaching a record low.
  • And teen pregnancies declined significantly, by 67 percent among those younger than 15, and 50 percent among teens 15 to 19.

    Related: New Rankings Reveal Teen Pregnancy Rates in Each State:
    That chart and the others at the site are the good news stories. Check them out.  
    Thanks for stopping by … stay tuned – this will be a huge 2016 issue for women – bet on it. Then watch the next USSC session, just before the 2016 election showdown. 

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