Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Republican War on Women- A Battle Lost

This is the thirty-seventh in a series of articles on the subjects 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 North Carolina Campaign

the facts and commentary: On January 1, a new anti-abortion law went into effect in North Carolina.  As of that day, doctors who perform an abortion beyond 16 weeks gestation must supply a copy of that woman's ultrasound to state officials.  

Yes, you read that correctly.  Bureaucrats in North Carolina have given themselves the right to peruse a woman's most private medical records.  A doctor may refuse to share medical records with law enforcement by citing patient confidentiality, but some faceless public functionary is free to handle and study a woman's most intimate records to his heart's content.

Would someone tell me how this, as Republican politicians continue to claim, is supposed to protect women's health?  This is so far beyond simple decency that I don't know how the Republican Party can ever find its way back.  When civil servants have the right to look into a woman's body without her consent, it goes beyond decency to publicly funded pornography. 

Imagine the outcry if photos of the male population's prostate exams were shared in the same way, all in the cause of protecting men's health of course, and then tell me there is no war on women.

The Republican War on Women is "fiction?"


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