Friday, May 24, 2013

The Republican Party's War on Women, Some Good News from Arkansas and Arizona

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the subject of women, abortion rights and the Republican Party. 

Republicans continue to say they don’t have to change their core principles, they only have to change the language they use to get their message out.  One perception they want to alter is the idea that they are running a “war on women”.  Looking at the news over the past few years, I’d say the Republican Party has a long way to go on this subject.

  • Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky): “Talk about a manufactured issue.  There is no issue.” 
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:  “It’s a fiction.”

The Arkansas Front
the facts:  In March, Arkansas' Republican led legislature over-rode Governor Mike Beebe's (D) veto and passed a law banning abortion at 12 weeks.  U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright has delayed implementation of the law stating that the law will "more than likely" be ruled unconstitutional since federal law permits abortion up to 24 weeks.

The Arizona Front
the facts:  Arizona's 2012 anti-abortion law which was to take effect in August of last year and would have prohibited abortion after 20 weeks from a woman's last period or 18 weeks after fertilization--even if the fetus had no chance of surviving after birth--has been permanently struck down by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Court called the ban "unconstitutional under an unbroken stream of Supreme Court authority, beginning with Roe v. Wade and ending with Gonzales."  The court further stated that viability varies pregnancy to pregnancy and should be determined by doctors, not legislators.

The Republican War on Women is "fiction"?


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