Conservatives and Republicans object to all charges that they've been conducting a war on women. They would object, now wouldn't they? No one, and especially not a desperate vote-seeking political party, would own up to singling out one major demographic group for real-life harassment or punishment...it simply wouldn't be prudent.
But it doesn't matter what Republicans object to...not really. In the U.S. (at least for now), we have these things called Courts and Judges and these other things we call Elections. According to those things...Republicans are, indeed, fighting a war of unnecessary harassment, humiliation and punishment against women.
Texas wagers of war on female autonomy just had key parts of a new extremist, anti-abortion state law struck down by a federal district court judge. Ohio GOP leaders should take notice. Texas tried to close abortion clinics by passing legislation mandating "that doctors obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they're providing abortion services." Additionally, Texas anti-women leaders thought they could ban RU-486 from being dispensed by doctors in the state.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel blocked both of those provisions as illegal. That ruling came on Monday.
Yesterday in Oklahoma, the state's Supreme Court reaffirmed their earlier ruling that the GOP state ban on RU-486 was illegal.
"Physicians know better than politicians what's right for their patients, and medical decisions should be made according to their advice and expertise, not any politician's ideological agenda to ban abortion," Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights said after the ruling.
I think it's interesting to note here that the same Republicans and conservatives who are today arguing that Big Gub'mint is coming between Americans and their doctors ala Obamacare have praised numerous state GOP efforts to do just that to women in their respective states. The irony, or projection, burns the eyes.
Those are two rulings just this week which have destroyed a couple of fig leaf conservative state forts in the GOP's war on women. Republicans in those red states argue that it's the safety of women they are oh-so-concerned about.....something Republicans also tell us when they are explaining how health care decisions are better left to doctors and their patients....when they are bashing Obamacare.
But the Republican war on women's freedom is not just failing before the law. As bruised and battered as Oklahoma and Texas stealth-warrior, anti-women GOP fighters are this week.....next week's losses in the state of Virginia will be even more devastating.
Next Tuesday, Virginians will vote on new state leadership. Democrat, Terry McAuliffe is running against Republican, Ken Cuccinelli for governor of Virginia. Cuccinelli is a warrior in the conservative/Republican war on women's freedom. The current state's Attorney General, Cuccinelli holds the following view of our country's law that gives women freedom to choose their own reproductive lives....
"Really, given that God does judge nations, it's amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country," Cuccinelli said. "Who knows what the future holds?"
Translation: Cuccinelli doesn't know why fire and brimstone hasn't fallen from the sky to destroy an entire nation which dares to offer women freedom over their own bodies. Proving once again that religious sanctimony knows no bounds.
The latest polling leading up to next Tuesday's state election has the weak Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli by double digits. But among Virginia's likely voters who are female, McAulliffe leads by 24%. Twenty four percent.
Ken Cuccinelli is in favor of a "personhood" law in Virginia which would grant fertilized human eggs full citizenship rights....ostensibly eliminating a woman's right to choose.
...the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said about Cuccinelli's "personhood" legislation that it "could limit women's access to preventative health care and contraception, including birth control medication."
That is consistent with the two rulings announced just this week in Texas and Oklahoma.
Republicans deny they are waging a war on women's freedom. But, really, who would admit to doing something like that anyway, right? But as this week's state rulings and next week's Virginia election are proving.....Republicans are losing the war on women they say they aren't waging.
And that is a very good thing.
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