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And it is reproductive freedom.

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  • DrDick

    Sort of a threefor for the Goopers, as it also screws women and the poor. Don’t see how they could possibly pass it up.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Pawlenty:

    Recent undercover videos show that employees of America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, aided alleged human traffickers wishing to exploit young girls.

    Next week, he demands Obama’s long-form birth certificate. By June he’ll be warning us that the NAFTA Superhighway will bring shari’a law to Texas.

    • DrDick

      They already have Sharia law in Texas. Oh wait, that’s Baptist Sharia law, never mind.

    • Malaclypse

      shari’a law

      Pawlenty would never use a diacritical mark. No Real American ™ would.

  • jeer9

    Obama and the Dems will fiercely fight this legislation. They strongly oppose limiting women’s reproductive rights if they get in the way of a windfall for health insurance companies (the president can always issue an executive order as well, especially if his re-election strategy is compromised) and we all know how they feel about punishing the poor and unfortunate. HAMP has been an overwhelming success. Yes, the Republicans are a frightening spectacle and so popular, too.

    • Furious Jorge

      I’m picking up your sarcasm …

  • asdfsdf

    Does planned parenthood even provide abortions at all? I don’t remember, honestly.

    • DrDick

      Yes, at least in some states, and it is one of the few venues available to most poor women. It also provides access to affordable birth control and a full range of reproductive health care to both women and men.

    • Ed Marshall

      Yes, and in many cases the only place in the state that does.

      • Davis

        And abortions are a tiny part of their activities. Two percent, I think. I joined right after the Stupack Amendment.

  • chines

    “The most dangerous place for black babies is the womb.” True, but only partly true.

    The most dangerous place for all babies is the womb. The womb does not discriminate. Nearly fifty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage.

    The “Pre-born” are also very vulnerable to contaminants in the environment. Not referring to things like not-clean water or polluted air or radiation well above background levels or diseases–but the dirty, dirty wombs of icky, filthy women!

    Since pregnant women are more likely to be murdered, the babies they carry are also in danger. Those bitches.

    It’s long past time to do away with women and create the Womb-in-nator 3000.

  • chines

    With notably rare exceptions, Planned Parenthood does not fulfill any kind of social or health needs.

    • DocAmazing

      Yeah, if you don’t count Pap smears, cervical conations for precancerous lesions, treatment of genital warts, prenatal social work, contraceptive counselling, provision of contraceptives, and (oh yeah) abortions.

      Other than that, no health needs met.

      • ema

        DocAmazing,

        The second I read this story (and, via, became aware of this) I thought of your comments on these odious fetal homicide laws.

        And speaking of odious laws, pharmacist in Idaho refuses to fill Rx for Methergine (yes, Methergine!) and refuses to refer and it’s all good and legal.

        Between these laws, the push to defund PP, the South Dakota and Arizona craziness, etc., it sure feels like the Overton window was jerked so far to one side it fell out of itself.

      • Vance Maverick

        With notably rare exceptions, DocAmazing is aware of all Internet traditions.

        • All your notably rare exceptions are belong to me.

        • DocAmazing

          With notably rare exceptions, rum improves my ability to appreciate irony.

        • joe from Lowell

          Misspell that comment and put it into a picture of a cat, and we’ll be getting somewhere.

  • Joe

    I do wish that the other party was more sane. If we are only going to have two with any real power, it is bad when one is such a basket case.

    • Joe

      If “sane” doesn’t quite fit, insert the right one. Whatever it is, it isn’t that good.

    • Ian

      Hey, we’ve got five more or less sane major parties up here in Canada. Too many, really. Do you want us to lend you a couple?

      • Hogan

        I’ll trade you the Socialist Workers and Natural Law for the NDP.

  • Brad P.

    This would be a Pyrrhic victory for the republicans. Like NPR, this is a low-hanging-fruit strategy where they are cutting very small amounts from the budget along their already established agenda.

    Unlike NPR, they are taking on an institution that provides an obvious service to a sympathetic group.

    Wayne Root is among the sleaziest of libertarians, and I was a little surprised he wrote this, but I think looks at this very much the way those not in the pocket of social conservatives would:

    And I want to say two things to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the GOP Congress:

    First, Americans put you back in power to cut the budget, not to focus on your social agenda, so don’t waste this opportunity by coming across as treating rape or incest victims as criminals.

  • cpinva

    for a group of such prudes, it never ceases to amaze me the fascination they have with lady parts.

    UTERUS, UTERUS, UTERUS!

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