By Gaetana Drake
Here is a list of what the Republican party has done or is trying to do nation-wide and/or in Republican-led states:
Requiring a trans-vaginal probe (unpaid by insurance because it’s not medically required) prior to an abortion. One male politician had the audacity to say if a woman didn’t want to watch, she could “just close her eyes.”
Passing “Personhood Amendments” which would effectively ban the pill and IUDs (the most effective and commonly used forms of birth control.)
Refusing to let women testify to the all-male congressional panel on birth control.
Wanting to change the Affordable Care Act to allow any employer to suddenly decide he has a “moral” objection to birth control and deny coverage.
Requiring three visits to a doctor prior to an abortion.
Failing to renew the Violence Against Women Act, because it now includes protections for lesbians, illegal immigrants and mail-order brides.
Censoring elected female representatives for daring to say “vagina” while men are passing legislation that controls our vaginas.
Making comments that there’s no need for insurance to cover birth control because it isn’t expensive. To use the pill for 30 years (the amount of time the average American woman spends trying to prevent pregnancy) can cost $67,000.
Requiring physicians to lie to their pregnant patients about the effects of abortion, saying that it causes a higher rate of suicide (no study has ever shown that) and that having an abortion can cause cancer. The truth is that carrying a pregnancy to term while you’re still a young woman tends to prevent cancer, but that does not equate to “having an abortion may cause cancer.”
Re-defining “rape” to “forcible” rape in a proposed bill that would deny any federal funding of abortions for rape victims. Date rape, statutory rape, rape in a case where a woman is under the influence and unable to give consent….no longer considered rape in their minds.
And now, one of the most outrageous of all statements a politician has ever made – Congressman Todd Akin (R-Missouri) said, while discussion abortions in the case of rape – “what I understand from doctors I’ve talked to is that it’s rare for a woman to get pregnant as a result of rape – because the female body has a way of shutting down that process to avoid getting pregnant”.
RAINN (Rape, abuse, incest national network) reports that 1 in 15 rape victims will become pregnant.) There are an estimated 400,000 rapes (including the 54% that go unreported) annually. That would mean that approximately 27,000 pregnancies as a result of rape every year.
I guess those 27,000 women and girls forgot to “shut down” that function.
So, I ask again….do you still believe there’s no war on women?