Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Republican War on Women - Georgia's $2M Gift to Unlicensed Family Planning Clinics

This is the forty-first 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 Georgia Front

Last week, both houses of the Republican-dominated Georgia General Assembly, voted to spend $2 million on crisis pregnancy centers in their state--centers that, under this new anti-woman legislation, are specifically prohibited from offering abortion counseling.  Of course, the legislators claim (and do so with a straight face) that this money is being spent to improve and protect the health of the women of Georgia.  

Known as fake abortion clinics by those who deal in facts rather than propaganda, these crisis centers generally hide behind names that seem to suggest they provide abortion counseling when in fact, they are are not licensed by the state to give medical advice in any form.

The anti-abortion activists who run these centers--and whose medical expertise may be limited to choosing which size band-aid to purchase to protect the paper stacut on their pinkie finger--have in the past told women who turn to them for help that if they have an abortion, they will never be able to get pregnant again, or that having an abortion or using birth control has been proven to cause cancer--totally bogus claims per those who possess actual medical degrees.

Georgia State Senator
Renee Unterman
Staci Fox, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast responded by stating the obvious: "We're going to give $2 million (to provide medical advice) out to organizations not even licensed by the State of Georgia to provide medical care in any way?... This isn't about helping organizations provide healthcare for women. This is about restricting abortions."

State Senator Renee Unterman (R), who sponsored the bill, praised the pro-life centers for doing "a fabulous job because they offer alternative services other than abortion.  (It's) a better thing for people to have better decisions."

what eye thynk:  Yes, lying to women is always "a better thing," especially if it supports your own personal agenda.  And let's not forget, making up "facts" requires no medical license, so prevaricate away!  What difference does it make if they can force a woman to ruin her life or bankrupt her family with an unwanted pregnancy.  As long as Ms. Unterman gets to preen for her homies, all is right with the world!  

When a woman is carrying a fetus, the Unterman's of the world are all about love and caring for mother and her unborn.  Once the fetus becomes a living breathing infant, that woman and her unwanted child morph into lazy leeches trying to game the system by riding on the backs of hard working Republicans like Ms. Unterman, so don't expect Ms. Unterman to be there to offer support when the mother and/or family of the unwanted child asks for help. 

The total lack of respect for anyone not in lock-step agreement with pro-life, or rather pro-FETUS activists is typical of the Republican, conservative mindset in this country on every issue; but, as a woman, this one is personal.   Until we elect lawmakers who can see beyond their own prejudices, who are able to respect that ALL opinions are equally valid under our laws, who can accept the choices voiced by those not necessarily in agreement with their own narrow viewpoint; until then, the ability of families, and especially women, to exercise their full rights as citizens of the United States of America will continue to diminish.    

Vote!  And when you do, vote for the rights of ALL Americans.  I can respect your right to disagree with me;  but don't expect my deference to last forever, especially if you insist on devaluing my opinion simply because it's not identical to your own.

The Republican War on Women is "fiction?"


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