Assault on the Constitution by GOP
Target: Women, poor, minorities, labor.
In just the last 4 years, states have enacted 231 abortion restrictions
When left with little or no safe options, women will turn to unsafe measures to terminate a pregnancy. “They’re going to find a way. Which means there might be an increase in infection, infertility, in death.” said Lucy at Whole Women's Health in Texas.
These laws are justified by politicians as necessary to protect women's health. Strange then that these same right wing politicians want to destroy Planned Parenthood which is all about women's health. Not a dime of tax money is spent by that organization to provide abortions.
Bans on abortion present a greater risk to women's health than do abortions. Forgetting the fight to gain constitutional protection for a woman's right to choose, was littered with death and disability from unsafe, back ally abortions. When asked, many politicians dismiss this danger. They don't care. For them ideology is more important than women or their health or their individual rights to choose.
These same right wing politicians want to destroy affordable health care (Obama Care) which is also all about access to health care for all Americans. Their complaint is that Government should not "stand between patient and doctor" among other false arguments. Yet they are sure that it is OK for government to stand between patient and doctor when the patient is a "mere" woman!
The scientific community is roundly opposed to these bans because they have no scientific basis. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a national leader on gynecologic health and science, has denounced bans on abortion. Why? Because the actual experts at ACOG know that there is no scientific argument in defense of these bans.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated in their brief before the Supreme Court in objection to the Texas law said;
"Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States. The risk associated with childbirth is approximately fourteen times higher than abortion..."
Joan Rivers died as a result of a far more dangerous outpatient procedure, an endoscopy. Yet the same states who use "women's safety" and onerous zoning rules to regulate abortion clinics out of existence have not done the same for outpatient endoscopy procedures. Why?
The United Nations, as well as our own Supreme Court, make it overwhelmingly clear that women have a right to safe abortion, and that denying them access to safe abortion care is a violation of their human rights.
The GOP and those on the right will pound the table and declare no one shall tamper with the right to buy a gun, but they not only refuse to defend other portions of the same constitution, they are on the attack against many constitutionally protected rights. These are overwhelmingly targeting those who would likely not vote for them. Women, minorities, the poor, LGBT, labor, and the middle class in general.
This attack on hard-won rights accelerated after the 2010 mid term elections. If you don't like this trend of anti-rights remember that if you were a liberal or progressive voter and stayed home on that day, YOU let this happen. Don't stay home on election day. ALL elections are important and often the mid-term elections are more critical than presidential elections.
GUNS: Now here's a thought to turn the same dirty tricks against the GOP. Let's put restrictions on Federally Licensed Gun Dealers similar to those being placed on abortion clinics. Limit of ten license issued per state when renewal comes due, or new applications are made. Require any licensed dealer who sells assault weapons to install a bank-type walk in vault to store those weapons for "safety" reasons. Require other building construction features such as "sally-port" type entries controlled from the inside be installed in existing stores. Extra thick walls in case ammo explodes. ( Never mind that almost never happens, just like GOP politicians ignore facts of abortion safety ) Perhaps even stipulate a separate license to sell ammo and that a firearms dealer cannot sell both weapons and ammo.
I bet the GOP will how well but then just remind them it is for safety and you still have your right to buy a gun from a safe place even if you have to drive 200 miles.
This is what happens to YOUR rights when you don't exercise your vote! This assault began after the 2010 Mid Terms when progressives stayed home.
Watch Samantha Bee take on one of the "male" Texas lawmakers
over the law being heard by the Supreme Court. He admits ignorance of the
procedures and safety issues he used to justify the legislation.