Through Obamacare, the current Administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare. We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it.
—  The 2012 GOP platform • Laying out the party’s official position on abortion rights, which RNC chairman Reince Priebus sought to distance from the Romney campaign last week. As had been reported in the days leading up to the platform’s release, it includes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, but this was the first glimpse of  specific language – claiming a protection of the “dignity of women,” and referencing health risks from abortion, albeit in an entirely non-specific manner (to be sure, any medical procedure has some degree of risk involved, but scientifically unfounded claims about abortion and breast cancer have been common for years). source (viafollow)

To both divert attention from the slow motion train wreck that is our crumbling infrastructure, economy, and broader threats like climate change, the GOP has adopted and pursued another fundamentalist ideology: the obsessive, one might say pathological, campaign to control women’s bodies no matter the cost to women’s lives and health. Translation: They have the time, inclination, and desire to regulate your body, but not to protect it from known threats over which they have legal purview and for which they are accountable.

Ironically, and I would say audaciously, they still call their party ‘pro-life.’

—  The GOP: Fiddling With Your Uterus While Our Country Burns, by Jodi Jacobson, RH Reality Check Editor in Chief

Nope, this is not a joke or a spoof piece on The Onion. A woman (and many others like her) are being convicted for having miscarriages. Congratulations, this is the world we live in.

GOP platform at Tampa convention won't include abortion exemptions for rape or incest
  • NO abortion exceptions for rape in 2012 GOP party platform source

» The party is to the right of their top dog on this one – though Mitt Romney’s political positions on abortion have been rather fluid  over the long haul of his political career, the campaign’s most recent statement is that his administration would not oppose abortion, in cases in which the woman is pregnant due to an act of rape or incest. The platform committee is helmed by Governor Bob McDonnell, former VP hopeful and Romney surrogate, and is tasked with adopting the party’s official policy positions, in advance of the GOP convention in Tampa.

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Scott Walker: Doctors Can Lie To Pregnant Women So They Won’t Get Abortions

Scott Walker: Doctors Can Lie To Pregnant Women So They Won’t Get Abortions

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hasn’t made an official announcement that he’ll run for president yet, but he’s been traveling to early primary states and being awfully suggestive in his dialogue.

Scott Walker (or any Republican) in the White House would be terrifying, especially for women who want to make informed choices about their healthcare and bodies. But under Walker’s watch, malpractice…

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From Dr. Rand Paul:

“Protecting innocent life is our obligation and I’m going on offense in this campaign.

That’s why I’m leading the fight to call out Hillary Clinton and the Democrat politicians on their pro-abortion extremism.

Moments ago, the House of Representatives passed the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.’ This bill will protect the most innocent in our society.

I think Hillary Clinton should have to answer why 20 week old babies don’t deserve the right to life.”

It surprises me, though it shouldn’t, how short the memories of these politicians are. They forget the brutal lengths women have gone to in order to terminate pregnancies when abortion was illegal or when abortion is unaffordable. Women have thrown themselves down stairs and otherwise tried to physically harm themselves to force a miscarriage. Dr. Waldo Fielding noted in the New York Times, ‘Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion—darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off.’ Women have tried to use soap and bleach, catheters, natural remedies. Women have historically resorted to any means necessary. Women will do this again if we are backed into that terrible corner. This is the responsibility our society has forced on women for hundreds of years.
—  Roxanne Gay 
Colorado Republicans Kill Funding For IUDs That Prevent Unwanted Teen Pregnancies

Colorado Republicans Kill Funding For IUDs That Prevent Unwanted Teen Pregnancies

Rather than support a program that reduces teen pregnancy and the abortion rate, Colorado Republicans openly refused to fund free IUDs for teen girls.

The program has been a complete success for the last five years as the teen pregnancy rate has dropped by a tremendous 40 percent. And of course, less unwanted pregnancies likely prevented abortions that conservatives claim to hate so much. But…

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With House Passage of Extreme 20-Week Abortion Ban, GOP Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights

Say an obstetrician in Milwaukee was performing a routine ultrasound on a pregnant woman and tragically discovered that the fetus had a serious developmental disability. In Wisconsin, that doctor is legally (not to mention ethically) required to inform the patient.

However, if then-Rep. Scott Walker ® had gotten his way, Wisconsin doctors who opposed abortion would have been allowed to withhold that information from the woman if the doctor feared she might get an abortion.

Along with 34 other lawmakers, Walker introduced AB 538 in September 1997. At the time, if a health care provider withheld information about a fetal disability while abortion was still an available option, they could be liable for the child’s future medical expenses. But AB 538 would have changed that.

According to the bill’s text:

This bill creates an immunity from a wrongful birth or wrongful life action for a person who commits an act or fails to commit an act and that act or omission results in the birth of a child because a woman did not undergo an abortion that she would have undergone had the person not committed the act or not failed to commit the act.

In other words, the bill would make it legal for pro-life doctors to withhold information from patients.

AB 538 was not passed, ultimately dying in April 1998 without receiving a floor vote.

However, Walker and 28 colleagues tried again in 2001, re-introducing the same legislation with AB 360. It met the same demise as AB 538, though not before being approved by the Family Law Committee.

Bills allowing doctors to lie to patients in the name of opposing abortion aren’t the only pieces of pro-life legislation Walker sponsored during his nine years in the Wisconsin State Assembly. In 1997, he helped introduce a bill (which passed into law) to ban so-called partial birth abortions. The following year, Walker introduced “conscience clause” legislation that would have allowed medical professionals to deny patients medical services such as contraception if they objected on medical grounds. Though the bill failed, he introduced it again in 1999, and after that failed, once more in 2001, when it failed a third time.

h/t: Scott Keyes at Think Progress Health

Racist Conspiracy Nut Alex Jones Uses #BlackLivesMatter To Protest Abortion (VIDEO/SCREENSHOTS)

Alex Jones is a conspiracy nut. Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of being subjected to one of his many unhinged television and radio rants knows that the man is batshit crazy. So, to that end, it should come as no surprise that this known racist has now hijacked the #BlackLivesMatter movement to promote his anti-choice agenda.

Jones is using his conspiracy-minded website and his many…

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GOP Rep Who Pressured Mistress To Get An Abortion Votes Against Abortions For Other Women

GOP Rep Who Pressured Mistress To Get An Abortion Votes Against Abortions For Other Women

Hypocrisy, thy name is GOP. And there may be no bigger hypocrite in the entire Republican party than Tennessee congressman Scott DesJarlais.

DesJarlais might have been just another back bench flunky, doing the bidding of John Boehner, and other Republican leaders, except for a very public incident he was involved in some years ago. You see, Dr. DesJarlais has a history of encouraging women in his…

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