Sunday, February 6, 2011

Choice and Consent

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As the Daily Show so wryly points out, this proposed legislation did not make sense. Fortunately, they have dropped this stupid language out of the bill, although they're still trying to limit abortion availability and the bodily autonomy of women. The GOP wanted to break down "rape" into categories, so that only women who have been "forcibly raped" are covered by their insurance. As in, you have only been forcibly raped if you fought back and have the bruises to prove it... What the fuck kind of dictionary was the Republican party using? As Jon Stewart points out, isn't all rape forcible? YES. That's is a whole bunch of BS. And while the language has changed so that "forcible" is out, the BS of trying to limit the freedom of women to choose what to do with their bodies is still going on.

After a huge public outcry, Republicans are back-pedaling from an outrageous attempt to redefine rape.

But the GOP is continuing to push anti-choice legislation that is terrible for women. Rep. Carolyn Maloney called one bill "the deepest attack on a woman's right to choose in my lifetime."

And a second bill would allow hospitals to turn away a woman seeking an abortion, even if she'll die without it.

It's reprehensible. And we need to act right away. Can you sign the petition telling Congress to oppose these attacks on the right to choose?

By the way, consent is sexy.

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