Nov 152012

A blind man could see that the Republican War on Women had a devastating effect on their popularity in the run-up to last Tuesday.  Considering the effects, only a mindless ideologue would double down on such costly policies.  Sadly, the new GOP is the same as the old GOP.

15Get-out-of-my-pantiesAfter a lengthy and heated hearing, an Ohio bill meant to defund Planned Parenthood cleared a House committee on Wednesday by an 11-9 vote along party lines. House Bill 298, ostensibly about re-prioritizing federal family planning money, seeks to strip $1.7 million from Planned Parenthood clinics in the state. According to Planned Parenthood Ohio CEO Stephanie Knight, nearly 100,000 Ohio women depend on the organization for health care — overwhelmingly for preventative care including cancer screenings and birth control.

barefootAs Innovation Ohio notes, just two Planned Parenthood affiliates out of 36 family planning organizations received the federal grants in question, undermining the bill’s false pretense that other organizations are being overlooked in favor of Planned Parenthood.

Every single medical professional present testified against the bill. Dr. Grant Morrow of Nationwide Children’s Hospital decried HB 298 as the result of a “political agenda” that would have a devastating impact, primarily on poor and young women. Planned Parenthood is frequently a punching bag for many conservative politicians, despite the fact that abortions comprise only 3 percent of services provided by the women’s health organization. And as Dr. Kimberley Shepherd, a Columbus-based OB-GYN, testified during the hearing, defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio would jeopardize cancer prevention screenings, STI care, hypertension testing, and many of the preventative measures the organization provides to low-income women

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Ed Schultz covered the story with Nina Turner.

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From a political perspective, we should be grateful that Republicans are so clearly contributing to their own demise, but in the meantime, it is critically important to preserve women’s rights and access to health care.  That means forcing Republicans from between women’s legs.


  12 Responses to “Misogyny: Republicans Unchanged”

  1. They never give up– more need to be removed from office–Seems the big GOP worry is about womens sexual functioning- and health concerns–They are certainly slow learners—-

  2.  Considering the effects, only a mindless ideologue would double down on such costly policies.  Sadly, the new GOP is the same as the old GOP.
    I don't think it's sad, Tom.  This is their own doing. The country is turning away from them in favor of some better things – progress and liberalism.  Let the republican party die the slow death that it has carved out for itself.  And hopefully, it will be replaced by something much more reasonable and fair to all Americans. But the party of mass hatred and repression definitely needs to die.  The sooner the better.

  3. Every single medical professional present testified against the bill.

    Do these Congressman have a license to practice medicine?

  4. I would have hoped the Republicans would have learned after losing the Presidential election that they needed to leave women alone.  They are hoping enough evangelicals will vote for them to keep them in office is the only thing I can think. .

  5. GOP miscreants!  These state GOP politicians are a bunch of insecure poopy-heads (yes I like that word) with shit for brains!  When a group of doctors tells them they are wrong, and women tell them they are wrong, what part don't they understand.  Maybe it is because healthcare is a science, and we know how they feel about science.  I am amazed that they haven't gone back to bleed people with leeches to get rid of various ailments.
    BTW, I had to snicker about the ad that preceded the Ed Show.  It was about teaching and science — apparently in a 'contest' among 23 nations, the US was 17th (Canada was 5th).  How's that for GOP effectiveness!

  6. They just don't learn.
    A sure sign of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.

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