Republicans are working pretty hard to try and convince voters that there is no GOP war on women, possibly because voters (men and women both) trust Democrats over Republicans with women’s health issues by a margin of 2-1. And it’s no wonder.
Recently, the House defeated a bill known as The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act or PRENDA, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, (R-Ariz). Had it passed, the bill would have:
“…[made] it a federal offense to perform, solicit funds to perform, or coerce a woman into a sex-selection abortion. It carries penalties of up to five years in prison.”
Representative Franks introduced the bill under the phony anti-choice claim that:
“…since U.S. parents prefer boys, girls were aborted disproportionally more often…”
While there is a history of this practice in other countries such as China, in the U.S.:
“…the gender of an unborn baby is rarely a factor in the decision to have an abortion, because most abortions happen too early in pregnancy to detect the baby’s gender.”
There is no evidence that females are aborted more often than males in the United States. The birth ratio of girls has actually increased slightly since the legalization of abortion.”
The bill was simply another attempt to limit women’s access to abortion, and intimidate abortion providers. The sham of this Republican bill is the fact that while using the rare possibility of a sex selective abortion to play the outrage card, it seems they’re not that righteous:
“A provision stripped out before the vote would have outlawed racially motivated abortions.”
Why wouldn’t Republicans have an issue with that?
While women’s reproductive rights are just a part of the Republican war on women, it is the part that has created an astounding number of legislative actions across the country in the last few years.
• Ban abortion at 20 weeks post fertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last period) in Georgia;
• Prohibit the use of telemedicine in the provision of medication abortion in Oklahoma;
• Allow any health care organization to refuse to provide abortion services in Kansas;
• Limit abortion coverage in the Alabama health exchange;
• Bar specialized family planning providers or abortion providers from receiving family planning funds in Arizona;
• Allow individuals and health care organizations to refuse to provide family planning services in Kansas and expand the types of organizations that may refuse to provide contraceptive coverage in Arizona;
• Mandate abstinence-until-marriage education in Tennessee.
In total for 2012 so far, “…legislators have introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights in 45 of the 46 legislatures that have convened this year.”
To find out all the ways Republicans have waged a war on women, read The Republican War On Women: It’s About Much More Than Contraception in our ongoing series of articles.