Republican War on Women: Headlines For 3/23/11

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Alaska Republican Says Women Should Have To Get Permission From Men To Get An Abortion

From The Mudflats:

“Alan Dick (yup) said in a House Health and Social Services Committee Hearing last week that he doesn’t believe that when a woman is pregnant, it’s really “her pregnancy.” … he would advocate for criminalizing women who have an abortion without the permission via written signature from the man who impregnated her. He stated, “If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it…”

“…SB 191, mandates that the physician perform an ultrasound regardless of its medical necessity prior to performing an abortion—even though the Alaska Supreme Court has stated repeatedly that Alaska laws may not place unnecessary burdens on a woman’s right to an abortion.

[Co-sponsor]Senator Dyson … tried to get a similar bill passed in 2009 stating that a forced ultrasound was “intended to ensure that a woman’s decision whether to abort is a measured, not emotional, one.”

“HB363, which will be heard on Thursday, forbids full disclosure of pregnancy options and referrals for abortions, in flagrant violation of requirements made by federal funding laws.”

Idaho House Tables Forced Ultrasound Bill

Who didn’t see this coming; why is Idaho tabling the bill? Because they’re getting nervous about the possible backlash with only eight months to go before the election.

According to the Spokesman Review,

The cancellation of the House committee hearing, which had been scheduled for this morning at 7:45 a.m., came after an hour long, closed-door House GOP caucus. Following the caucus, House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, couldn’t say whether the bill, SB 1387, was dead.

“We don’t know,” he said. “We haven’t made the decision on it.”

Trust me, if they’re re-elected that bill will be resurrected pretty damned fast.

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