Illinois GOP bill attacks single moms: No birth certificate or financial aid without the father
A bill sponsored by Republican state lawmakers in Illinois would deny birth certificates to the children of single mothers who do not name a father.

“The measure, which amends the state’s Vital Records Act, would prevent the child from receiving a birth certificate or financial assistance if the father was not identified.

The bill states:

“Provides that if the unmarried mother cannot or refuses to name the child’s father, either a father must be conclusively established by DNA evidence or, within 30 days after birth, another family member who will financially provide for the child must be named, in court, on the birth certificate. Provides that absent DNA evidence or a family member’s name, a birth certificate will not be issued and the mother will be ineligible for financial aid from the State for support of the child.”

Ed Yohnka of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union told the Chicagoist that the bill was troubling even though it was not expected to pass the Democratic supermajority in the state House.”

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Also: Illinois Bill Would Make Life Even More Difficult For Single Moms


1) Mike Huckabee. 

Huckabee is a notorious spewer of sexist garbage, but his latest –defending the Paraguay government forcing a 10-year-old rape victim to have her rapist’s baby—is low even for him. “When an abortion happens, there are two victims,” he argued. “One is the child, the other is that birth mother, who often will go through extraordinary guilt years later when she begins to think through what happened, with the baby, with her.”

2) Scott Walker. 

During the Fox News GOP debate, Walker affirmed his support for forcing pregnant women to give birth, even if their doctors tell them it will kill them. He doubled down later in an interview with Sean Hannity, saying, “I’ve said for years, medically there’s always a better choice than choosing between the life of an unborn baby and the life of the mother.”

3) Ben Carson. 

“It brings up a very important issue and that is do those black lives matter,” he told Fox News host Eric Bolling recently when discussing Planned Parenthood. “The number one cause of death for black people is abortion.”

4) Rick Santorum. 

“It is not any more than the Dred Scott decision was settled law to Abraham Lincoln,” Santorum said, during the Republican debate, about a recent court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. “This a rogue Supreme Court decision.”

5) Bobby Jindal. 

“Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome,” Jindal said in announcing an investigation of Planned Parenthood inspired by videos that have been repeatedly shown to be anti-choice hoaxes.

6) Marco Rubio. 

Rubio’s argument on CNN for why women should not be allowed to remove unwanted embryos from their uteruses: “It cannot turn into an animal. It can’t turn into a donkey.”

“Well, if they can’t say it will be human life, what does it become, then?” he added. Could it become a cat?”

All surgery, as well as tooth removal and hair brushing, removes living human cells, aka human life. It’s not donkey. It’s not cat. Human. We look forward to Rubio’s upcoming ban on dentistry on the grounds that human life is not cat life.

7) Carly Fiorina. 

Fiorina considered denying her daughter the HPV vaccine, even though nearly all sexually active people will get it at some point in their life. “And she got bullied. She got bullied by a school nurse saying: ‘Do you know what your daughter is doing?‘” Fiorina complained at a campaign event.

8) Jeb Bush. 

Bush got a lot of negative attention for a campaign event where he said, “I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” His attempt to “clarify” this, however, showed that he really does mean it. He proposes taking the money away from family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood and redirecting it to general service community health centers. Which is to say, to take away money bookmarked for women’s health, forcing women to give up their gynecologists and go to general clinics instead, where they can expect longer wait times, less direct access to contraception and less access to specialized services.

9) Ted Cruz. 

When the hoax Planned Parenthood videos came out, Cruz floated a conspiracy theory accusing the media of censorship. “The mainstream media wants to do everything they can to hide these videos from the American people,” he argued. “And the reason is virtually every reporter, virtually every editor, virtually every person who makes decisions in the mainstream media is passionately pro-abortion.”

10) Donald Trump. 

Trump says a lot of foul things about women generally and reproductive health care generally, including calling Planned Parenthood an “abortion factory”. But he’s probably the candidate in the race who hates reproductive health care access the least, which is a sad statement about the state of the modern GOP.

11) Rand Paul. 

Paul has been pushing the idea of banning Medicaid patients from Planned Parenthood and redirecting them to already overcrowded general service clinics instead. “We’ve doubled the amount of money we put into women’s health care through government, and so it’s just an absurd argument to say we need Planned Parenthood,” he argued on Fox News last week. “It’s only about abortion.”

12) Chris Christie. 

Christie’s attempts to ingratiate himself with the religious right brought him to start defunding Planned Parenthood in New Jersey years ago. But his enthusiasm for preventing women from using contraception stops at his bedroom door. “I’m a Catholic, but I’ve used birth control, and not just the rhythm method,” Christie recently told a New Hampshire crowd.

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These are your Republican ‘family values’. A mother breastfeeding is subject to being molested? Where are the conservatives denouncing this guy? Where is the media?

And the right wing says there is no GOP ‘war on women’. Violence towards women is normative in their politics.

lasnochex asked:

The abortion bill gives women 5 months to get an abortion. It's safer and cheaper to get an abortion in the first trimester.(3-months) I mean this bill gives women more than half a pregnancy to get an abortion. For the most part a majority of people get an abortion in the first trimester anyways. I don't know I might sound mean or I'm just ignorant in this subject but I think this bill is reasonable. Coming from a republican who wrote this bill he gave women a lot of time to get an abortion

Hi lasnochex:   I’d usually answer privately but you’ve asked me to publish this so here goes… 

There was a famous study done where students were given the biographies of five women who wanted abortions. The students were the final deciders – only one of the women could get an abortion.  They had to decide which one. The four other women stayed pregnant.  i can’t remember it all exactly but the study included two women.  Woman #1 was Mary, who was engaged, used her birth control pills exactly as prescribed, was a graduate student studying law and was one year away from graduation.  She became pregnant when she used an antibiotic and the antibiotic stopped the pill from working (this happens a lot). Woman #2 was Ellen. Ellen didn’t have a job and got pregnant after she went to a bar, got drunk and had sex with a stranger in a car.  They both wanted an abortion.  Guess who the class decided was allowed to get one? Mary, the responsible law school student.  This makes no sense because the last person you’d want to have a baby was an irresponsible woman like Ellen.  Nevertheless, Mary was given the right to have an abortion and here’s why:  the abortion was a reward.  It was the state’s way of saying “okay you really couldn’t help it and we feel sorry for you. It’s not fair you got pregnant when you tried so hard not to.  We’ll give you the right to do this with your body. You’re welcome.”   And that’s the bill right now. It’s making the assumption that the state has the right to step in. It assumes every woman who’s pregnant at five months is irresponsible. It assumes women aren’t capable of making a decision without male intervention.  It assumes an acceptable standard of behavior for women and punishes women who don’t meet that standard. 

Study: Up to 240,000 Texas Women Tried to Self-Induce Abortions and GOP Lawmakers Are to Blame
Women who found it difficult to obtain reproductive services is one group mostly likely to attempt a self-induced abortion.

”A Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) study released on Tuesday asserted that nearly a quarter million women in the state may have induced abortions themselves because of “onerous” restrictions that lawmakers have put on reproductive choice.

The study, which was based at the University of Texas at Austin, found that between 100,000 and 240,000 women had performed self-induced abortions in Texas over the past five years, the Austin Chronicle reported.

According to the study, the “advent of onerous legislation imposing restrictions on legal abortion access” and the availability of abortion drugs — largely from Mexico — have combined to make self-induced abortions in Texas less rare than most U.S. states.

“Other methods reported by those who knew someone who had attempted self-induction included herbs or homeopathic remedies, getting hit or punched in the abdomen, using alcohol or illicit drugs, or taking hormonal pills,” the study said.”

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