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Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe called it "blatantly unconstitutional" and vetoed it......but Republican soldiers on the frontline warring against female citizens in the state overrode the governor's veto.
Called the "Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act," the bill requires testing to determine "whether the fetus that the pregnant woman is carrying possesses a detectible heartbeat."
Abortions would be banned if the fetus has a detected heartbeat "and is under 12 weeks or greater gestation."
The law contradicts the limit established by Supreme Court decisions, which give women a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy,...
At the same time Arkansas GOP warriors are waging a battle against women's freedom and legal rights in their state.....a federal judge in Idaho just struck down the latest GOP law there which attempted to radically restrict women in the state from exercising their legal rights.
A federal judge has struck down Idaho's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on beliefs held by physicians and others that the fetus is able to feel pain at that point.
The same will undoubtedly happen to the even stricter law against women just passed in Arkansas.
The question arises......why in the hell would Republicans continue to wage their guerrilla war against women and women's rights? Women broke for Obama over Romney by 55%-44%. Women's rights, rape, abortion, etc were all topics Republicans eagerly placed on the campaign table last year, either in their official platform or on the campaign trail......and women voters responded accordingly.
Perhaps it's because of state-Republican desperation and frustration over future national GOP electoral prospects....after all, if the nation's voters are moving slowly in any direction, they aren't moving towards the GOP......
A February Quinnipiac poll found that even 51% of REPUBLICANS disapproved of how Republicans in Congress are handling their job. Over all, 72% of all citizens polled disapproved of how congressional Republicans were handling their job with only 19% approving. Further, Independents.....those whom the centrist Village informs us are the only authentic non-partisan voters.....disapprove of congressional Republicans by 76% disapprove/15% approve.
When humans are frustrated and desperate.....they often do bizarre and crazy things. Sometimes humans even go so far as to take their own lives, the desperation becomes so overwhelming. Is that what's happening to the GOP? Is the GOP so far gone in their fever swamp of frustration, desperation and hatred of modernity....that they are now committing political group suicide in slow motion....and can't help themselves? Hard to tell, really.....but this next story sort of points in that direction.
There's news from California's frontline of the GOP's war on women. We find that the "legitimate rape" conservative caucus just can't stop their obsession with rape. Although GOP'ers were warned by the nasty Kellyanne Conway back in January to stop using the "four letter word", it seems that Republicans just can't help themselves....
Celeste Greig leads the California Republican Assembly, which former President Ronald Reagan once called "the conscience of the Republican Party." It works to elect conservative Republicans to public office.
Here's what Ms. Greig had to say a few days ago....
"Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized," she added. "I don't know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don't know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act."
That is exactly the talk that ended Todd Akin's Senate chances against Claire McCaskill in Missouri last November. This outright ignorance is part and parcel of the Republican Party's war against autonomous women. Ignorance they were warned to keep hidden rather than speaking it out loud.....but apparently, they just can't help themselves.
I have lived through the pre-Roe days. I've witnessed, first hand, the ugliness, the humiliation, the shame, the stigma which pregnant out-of-wedlock young women have had to endure. The post-Roe years have restored the autonomy of women while establishing their human dignity.
My personal belief is that many Republicans today oppose contraception and abortion rights because of their primitive, superstitious and out-dated understanding of women and sex. After all, as Rush said, women who want access to contraception are "sluts."
Those women who are impregnated in the heat of the moment, in the eyes of many Republicans, must be forced to face the consequences of their actions. In this way of thinking, it's the sex act, itself, (particularly if enjoyed outside of wedlock) which must not go unpunished, as it were.
Whatever is causing the dysfunctional thinking over women and sex on the extreme right, there is no doubt that Republican officials, specifically on the state level, are continuing their war against autonomous women.
Hopefully, this non-stop, GOP war against women will soon lead to the fragmentation and total demise of the Republican Party. One can always hope.
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