It’s not jobs that are important, its outlawing reproductive choice people!!

The other night, Rachel did a great piece on the newS.Dakota law (pdf) that, for the most part, outlaws abortions in the state….or makes it as hard as humanely possible to get what is a legal medical procedure. You are gonna just love this newest fuckery folks..it goes right along with their 2006 bill that did everything possible to outlaw abortions as well, although it was repealed a year later. Although I was drugged up to my brown eyes, it made me sit the hell up (painfully) and take notice. WTF? How can this be? What in the blue-friggin-hell did SD Governor Dennis Daugaard sign and why?

The new law has placed limits and criteria that must be met by the pregnant woman before she can get her legal medical procedure. First, she has to attend a consultation with an anti-choice pregnancy (cough) help center that actually tries to disguise that it’s an anti-choice center.

Then, she must wait an additional three days before getting the legal medical procedure if the assholes at the anti-choice center/group haven’t scared the shit out of her. From a NYT piece on this crap:

A law signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday makes the state the first to require women who are seeking abortions to first attend a consultation at such “pregnancy help centers,” to learn what assistance is available “to help the mother keep and care for her child.”

The legislation, which passed easily in a state Legislature where Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 3 to 1, also establishes the nation’s longest waiting period — three days — after an initial visit with an abortion provider before the procedure can be done. It makes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.

Many states require counseling from doctors or other clinic staff members before an abortion to cover topics like health risks. What makes the new South Dakota law different is that the mandated counseling will come from people whose central qualification is that they are opposed to abortion.

This whole bit of bullshit goes to what the GOP thinks is THE most important thing to get done this year.

It’s not about the economy, the recession or about creating jobs. It’s about stopping a woman’s right to choose. It’s about outlawing a legal medical procedure for the rightwing nutters in both the federal and state governments.

24 States have or are currently attacking a woman’s right to choose, also known as reproductive rights, by requiring them to attend ‘counseling’ sessions at anti-choice centers. The Guttmacher.org site lists them all here.  The site also provides a plethora of information about all the actions being taken to outlaw what is a legal medical procedure. Read the following and get pissed:

 34 states require that women receive counseling before an abortion is performed: 24 of these states detail the information a woman must be given; 10 states have abortion-specific requirements generally following the established principles of informed consent.
 25 of these states also require women to wait a specified amount of time—most often 24 hours—between the counseling and the abortion procedure.
 7 states require that all counseling be provided in person and that the counseling take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating two separate trips to the facility.
 24 states direct the state health agency to develop written materials: 8 require that the materials be given to a woman seeking an abortion, 16 require that the materials be offered to her.
 9 states require that the woman be informed that she cannot be coerced into obtaining an abortion.
 Nearly all the states that require counseling require information about the abortion procedure and fetal development.
 32 states require that the woman be given information about the specific procedure, while 19
require information about all common abortion procedures.
 32 states require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.
 23 states include information on fetal development throughout pregnancy.
 10 states include information on the ability of a fetus to feel pain.
 10 states provide information on accessing ultrasound services. (See also Requirements for Ultrasound.)
 22 states include information about the risks of abortion.
 18 states include accurate information on the potential effect of abortion on future fertility; in 2
states, the written materials inaccurately portray this risk.
 5 of the 7 states that include information on breast cancer inaccurately assert a link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer.

 7 of the 20 states that include information on possible psychological responses to abortion describe only negative emotional responses.

It’s an all out war on women and their reproductive rights folks..and it’s just begun. Lets give a big thank you to all the fuckwads that elected this crop of rightwing GOP nutters who think controlling women is far more important than creating jobs or righting our economic ship.

And they tell us they want smaller government. Lying sacks of shit…

To watch Maddow’s most excellent report on this issue..check out the video: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

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11 Comments

  1. RedHerring says:

    Good post, well written, good points. May I steal the circle/button thing for my own blog?
    MacGuffin

  2. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    I agree with Gloria Steinem when she schooled Bill Maher a couple of weeks ago__ telling him that the Republicans and a few Democrats who support these bills and the revision of women’s rights are not confined to just reproductive rights; though they represent a huge controlling factor in social herding. She was right, it’s about control… of population, workforce and the system of rewards and punishments. And think down deep on it and you’ll come to the conclusion that controlling reproduction and women in general is THE key.

    “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.” GS circa so long ago in a galaxy far far far far … well, you know where I’m headed with this…

  3. oso says:

    the Right is rolling back all the gains made in the last century, womens rights and worker right won in the New Deal. Open season continues. The Right just WILL NOT stop fucking with people – and there isn’t enough $ to pay the Dems to fight for us.

  4. The only thing surprising about this idiocy and similar measures being pushed elsewhere is that Republicans are actually delivering on all their anti-abortion talk and posturing. But note that it’s state-level Republicans, not a Republican president and Congress. At the national level, they have succeeded at using this issue as sucker bait for decades.

    Congressional Republicans know if they were to get complete prohibition passed, they would risk losing a lot religious right voters over time. No more sucker bait to hold in front of them. Plus, in time Republicans’ adultery and restroom peccadilloes would eventually turn many away in disgust. Can’t have that, because Republicans have a numbers gap to make up most of the time nationally as it is.

    So instead they’re chipping away incrementally at state level, especially in red and purple states like South Dakota.

  5. This just burns my ass. First, no one has the right to mandate what another person can do with their body, especially a bunch of dip shit know-it-all white bubbas who don’t have a clue.
    Secondly, what makes these SOBs think that any woman who is heading out to the clinic hasn’t thought long and hard about what her options are and did a lot of soul searching and painful contemplation before making her decision?
    I was down in Sarasota FL a while back and damn near kicked some old pricks ass who was blocking the entrance to a clinic claiming to be “trying to tell these women what their options are.” I went nuts on his ass. . . scared us both.

    • There is a great youtube out there of a female congress critter who stood up on the House Floor and bitchslapped the fuck out of one of the Rethugs who acted/spoke like getting an abortion is no different than picking an icecream flavor to buy.

      I will link to it as soon as I find it..its the middle of the night and my back is killing me, post-surgery and all that shit, ya know.

  6. scaredstiff says:

    Someday women will figure out they are the majority. Hopefully when that happens they will tell men to butt out of their body decisions. Why the hell women listen to men on these issues is very puzzling to me. I’m sure there’s answers to the questions I pose. I’ll Pass on getting them.

  7. Jess says:

    Handmaid’s Tale revisited ladies. I keep saying that in jest, but it’s not funny anymore because this is what they are doing. It reminds me of the whole, have babies for your country that certain places adopted so that it would be the right kind of children born. The women that go for this are a curious bunch for me also, why any sane woman would allow this to happen is beyond me. One thing I do know, if suddenly men lost autonomy over their bodies the way we women have, these old crusty men making the rules would be out on their asses.

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