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Women's Rights Under Seige

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    Republican legislatures nationwide have been on a systemic and deliberate crusade in rolling back women's rights in a way that I have not seen before. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the most recent Republican to sign strict abortion standards in his state, but he is not alone. While the most talked about fight is the so called "20 week ban" that most of these red states are passing, the much greater issue is the tremendous standards that they are requiring women's health providers to have in order to be able to stay open. This piece of the argument is what is the greatest threat to women's health in this great nation of ours. They will force countless clinics that provide a myriad of care to women to close their doors because they can't meet the new standards that these male dominated legislatures demand.

    On the national front, House Republicans have passed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks and Senator Rubio will be introducing that legislation in the US Senate as early as tomorrow. Thankfully the Senate is under Democratic control and Mr. Rubio's amendment will go nowhere, but this shows you the length that Republicans will go to force women to bend to their will.

    How can any person claim with a straight face that they are about individual freedom, but then force a women to get a transvaginal ultrasound before they can have a legal procedure done? How can any person that says they want a limited government write off the fact that they are passing legislation infringing the rights of women nation wide by limiting their access to professional assistance? It is not a decision that old white men should be able to make. For people who claim to love America and democracy, Republicans seem to have hijacked it to fight the culture wars of the last century.
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    Jared --

    I agree. I don't see how any self-respecting woman could vote Republican or call themselves Republican, especially in states like Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Kansas, Wisconsin and North Dakota where legislation has been designed to close nearly all abortion clinics. Republicans cite the 20 week rule, but their legislation goes well beyond just banning abortion after 20 weeks. Their real agenda is "banning all abortion from the land." Here are some statics on abortion from the Orlando Women's Health Center:

    Nearly half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended, and 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. 22% of all pregnancies end in abortion.

    Women who obtain abortion represent every religious affiliation. 43% of women obtaining abortion identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% as Catholic; and 13% of abortion patients describe themselves as born-again or Evangelical Christians.

    Most women receiving abortion (83%) are unmarried. Women who have never married obtain two-thirds of all abortions. 16% are separated, divorced, or widowed.

    The abortion rate among women living below the federal poverty level ($9,570.) is per women (below 100% of poverty) is nearly four times that of women above 200% of poverty (112 vs. 29 per 1000 women).

    Over 88% of abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Over half of all abortions in the U.S. occur within the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. 6.7% occur between 13 and 15 weeks, 3.5% occur between 16 and 20 weeks,
    and 1.1% of abortions occur at 21 weeks or greater.

    Republican efforts to ban or severely limit all abortions though the closing of clinics will not reduce the number of abortions, but rather move them into illegal less safe home practices. Furthermore, since single women living below the poverty line are the most likely to have an abortion, denying them an abortion just puts an extra burden on her and the rest of society to care for that unwanted child.