Headlines in the Republican War On Women For July 10, 2012

Kansas Wants ACLU To Drop Insurance Coverage Lawsuit Because “Women Need To Know What Abortions Cost”

From RHReality Check:

“The state of Kansas has spent a hundred thousand dollars [so far] trying to defend a law that forbids insurers from allowing coverage of abortions in private insurance.”

In asking that the case, brought by the ACLU, be dismissed, the Kansas attorneys argued:

“…the law will lead to better-informed decisions about abortion because deciding to pay for the procedure out-of-pocket or buy an insurance rider “necessarily results in a fuller understanding of the actual costs of an abortion.”

From NECN:

“Attorneys for Praeger — a Republican who supported abortion rights in the past while serving in the Legislature — said the law promotes childbirth over abortion, lowers insurance costs and protects the consciences of abortion opponents.”

One problem with that argument is that insurance companies are not required to sell riders for sterilization or fertility treatments; things that are far more expensive, and just as taboo in certain religions, including the Catholic church.

Virginia continues to get its jollies by screwing with women; this is the newly enacted ultrasound requirement:

“At least 24 hours before the performance of an abortion, a qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age.”

Being the benevolent caretaker of women that it is, the Virginia Dept. of Health has provided a list of clinics where women can obtain the required ultrasound at no cost. Unfortunately, the clinics they list are “crisis pregnancy centers” which exist only to deter women from getting an abortion; in addition, at least five on the list don’t even meet the state’s own requirements.

Iowa Republicans seek to halt Medicaid funded abortions for rape victims

From Raw Story:

In Iowa, “Forty-one Republican state lawmakers filed a petition last month with the Iowa Department of Human Services requesting the state deny Medicaid reimbursements for abortions resulting from rape, incest, or a devastating fetal health diagnosis.

The proposal to prohibit Medicaid-paid abortions could threaten Iowa’s entire Medicaid budget. The Hyde Amendment of 1976 allows states to prohibit federal funds for abortion, but not when a mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest.”

Rand Paul Fetal Personhood Amendment Stalls Flood Insurance Bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently attempted to hold the noncontroversial flood insurance bill hostage until the Senate agreed that life begins at fertilization. EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock told The Huffington Post.

“…holding up flood insurance at the start of hurricane season, with at least two major American cities already suffering, is a brand-new low.”

Paul told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he is “just trying to get a vote for people who elected me.”

You know that voting block; the Yahoos who want government out of their lives, and only their lives; want home-schooling over public education even though most of them can’t even spell school; (What, you thought I was making that up?)

want “entitlements” eliminated, except their social security and medicaid; and are too stupid to realize they’re part of the only voting block Republicans want to raise taxes on. But I digress…

Planned Parenthood Slams Possible VP Pick McDonnell Over Ultrasound

Yes, Mitt Romney is considering Bob McDonnell as a possible V.P.; the man who:

“…eliminated state funding for teen pregnancy prevention for the most at-risk youth in Virginia, and… signed temporary, ‘emergency’ anti-women’s-health regulations to pass them faster and with little public input.”

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill Meant to Restore Family Planning Funding

According to Feminist Daily News,Chris Christie, another possible Romney V.P. pick:

“…has vetoed a bill that would have restored family planning funds in the state. Last week the State Senate approved a bill, S-788, that would have restored nearly $7.5 million in family planning funding.”

“For two years, the Governor was able to hide behind the guise of fiscal prudence when vetoing this legislation,” said Assemblywomen Bonnie Watson Coleman, the lead Assembly sponsor of the bill. “Given his rosy revenue projections for this year, there’s no reason why he should excise this funding when it provides such critical services [to] women and low-income families…”

And the Insanity continues…

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