Jun 12, 2013

All-Male House Republicans Focus on Banning Woman’s Right to Choose, Not Jobs

An all-male group of House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee is expected to pass a bill today that will ban abortions nationally after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The measures makes no exception for cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s health is jeopardized.

Americans consistently rate jobs and the economy as their greatest concern, not re-fighting battles over a woman’s right to choose. The measure, sponsored by anti-woman zealot Trent Franks of Arizona, is expected to be sent to the full House for a vote next week and would effectively overturn Roe vs. Wade.

“Today, another all-male group of House Republicans will interject their ideology between a woman and her doctor, effectively overturn Roe vs. Wade, reverse our rights and open yet another front in the war on women. Yet again, House Republicans are trying to prove that they’re the most extreme, anti-woman legislature in American history,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “House Republicans are blindly focusing on the tired ideological battles of the past like a woman’s right to choose, rather than focusing on problem-solving. And the American people know that every day House Republicans waste fighting over ideology is a day they refused to solve our country’s problems.”

BACKGROUND

Last Week, All-Male House Republican Subcommittee “Voted to Approve a Blatantly Unconstitutional Bill That Would Ban All Abortions Performed After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy.” “On Tuesday [June 4, 2013], all six G.O.P. members of the all-male Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice voted to approve a blatantly unconstitutional bill that would ban all abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with only a narrow exception to save a pregnant woman’s life. It contains no exception for rape or incest victims, to protect a woman whose health is endangered, or for cases of severe fetal anomalies.” [New York Times, Editorial, 6/10/13]

  • Headline: 'War on women' returns [Politico, 6/05/13]
  • Headline: War on Women Continues [New York Times, Editorial, 6/10/13]

All House Republican Judiciary Members are Male. [House Judiciary Committee, accessed 6/11/13]

The 113th Congress Has Passed Thirteen Laws and “None of the New Measures Have Been Focused on Employment.” “In the six months and four days since the 113th Congress began, it has passed 13 laws. And, despite lawmakers constantly beating the drum on boosting jobs, none of the new measures have been focused on employment.” [National Journal, 6/07/13]

  • Headline: Congress Has Passed 13 Laws This Year—None of Them Have to Do With Jobs [National Journal, 6/07/13]

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