With Donald Trump embracing the so-called “pro-life” movement and VP Mike Pence speaking at Friday’s 44th “March for Life,” the anti-abortion crowd has grown bolder in its assault on women’s rights.
Last week, Trump signed an executive order banning funding to health care non-profits in developing nations that even mention abortion as an option for pregnant women. On Tuesday, the GOP-led house will vote on H.R. 7, a bill that’ll cut off all insurance coverage for abortion.
This is the same tired, stale old bill the GOP has trotted out every danged year since Barack Obama took office in 2009. But now, they’ve finally got a president who will sign it.
GOP-run state legislatures have also been busy with their own anti-abortion bills. Vice reports:
At least 46 anti-abortion bills have been introduced or are pending in 14 states as of Thursday morning — 15 in Missouri alone, according to research compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit group that supports abortion rights, and additional reporting by VICE News.
These bills include “fetal pain” bills that ban abortion after 20 weeks, and bills that would ban common “dilation and extraction” (D&C) abortions. Vice adds that many of these bills are based on “model legislation” drafted by the anti-choice group, National Right to Life (NRL).
Ohio Republicans even went so far as to pass an insane”fetal heartbeat” bill that banned abortions at six weeks. That’s before most women even know that they are pregnant. Sadly, the measure was attached to a child abuse bill that had broad bipartisan support. Gov. John Kasich had the good sense to veto this lawsuit magnet. But he went ahead and signed another measure that bans abortions at 20 weeks.
Among the so-called “pro-lifers” in Ohio’s legislature who passed the “fetal heartbeat” bill was state Rep. Jim Buchy. He told Ohio Public Radio he hoped it would “encourage personal responsibility.”
“What we have here is really the need to give people the incentive to be more responsible so we reduce unwanted pregnancies and by the way, the vast majority of abortions are performed on women who were not raped.”
Um…not raped? Apparently, this guy still hasn’t gotten a clue. Back in 2012, he co-sponsored an earlier “fetal heartbeat” bill, and appeared in an Al Jazeera video segment titled “The Abortion War.” When the reporter asked Jim Buchy if he knows why a woman might want to have an abortion, he looked flummoxed. He then stammered through his reply and spluttered that he’d never thought of that before.
“Well, there’s probably a lot of — I’m not a woman so I’m thinking, if I’m a woman, why would I want to get — some of it has to do with economics. A lot has to do with economics. I don’t know, I have never — It’s a question I have never thought about.”
This stunning moment almost passed unnoticed until Rachel Maddow called it out on her show. The video then went viral. Because too many people in power have this shortcoming. If more of our political and business leaders took time to ask for our input on decisions that impact us, and actually bothered to listen, the world would be a much better place.
WATCH: Anti-choice lawmaker Jim Buchy has no idea why women have abortions.
That’s right. This GOP lawmaker who’s hellbent on making abortion illegal has never even bothered to ask women why they might want to have an abortion, let alone attempt to address their issues. Oh, Jim Buchy very kindly supports an exception to save the life of the mother. But if she’s a 13-year-old who’s been raped by her stepfather but isn’t at death’s door, she’s out of luck.
Perhaps Jim Buchy should read this post from Web MD. It explains the most common reasons why women have abortions:
- Her birth control failed: More than half of women who have abortions report using birth control that month.
- She lacks the means to support or care for a child.
- She learned the baby would have severe medical problems and/or birth defects.
- Her pregnancy was the result of rape and/or incest.
- Her pregnancy would put her mental or physical health in danger.
Not a single one of the above reasons involve any lack of “personal responsibility.” Raising and supporting a child for 18 years is a huge commitment. Yet these pro-life lawmakers also tend to be Republicans, who do not support things like affordable health care, housing, daycare, support for special needs children, higher education, equal pay, job training, and other programs that would help women raise children to become healthy, happy, and productive adults.
Access to sex education and birth control would help prevent pregnancy, and hence abortion, but Republicans don’t want that either.
Web MD also points out nine out of 10 abortions occur during the first 12 weeks (most within nine weeks). The few abortions that are performed after 16 weeks often result from “trouble with paying for, finding, or traveling to an abortion specialist.
Featured image: Video screen grab via The Rachel Maddow Show.
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