This is the forty-third 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 Missouri Front
One of the states that looked for, but found no evidence against, Planned Parenthood was Missouri. You would think that, once the results were announced, the Missouri legislature would be able to find other issues on which to spend taxpayer money. But you'd be wrong.
|Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri|
The contested point is not the six years of documents showing how the organization handled and disposed of fetal tissue--Planned Parenthood has made it clear they are prepared to hand over that information (again). GOP Senators however, want more. They are insisting that PP also provide them with six years worth of abortion consent forms--essentially, they want Planned Parenthood, the only abortion provider in Missouri, to publicly identify every woman who has had an abortion in the state since 2010.
Not only is Missouri's Republican dominated legislature willing to trample all over patient privacy, but they are willing to ignore federal laws as well. As the Guardian reported, Planned Parenthood says that to turn over patient records would violate federal privacy laws.
Nevertheless, the full Senate will begin debating the contempt charge on Tuesday--something that has not happened in Missouri for 113 years.
The Republican War on Women is "fiction?"
WHAT YOU DO SPEAKS SO LOUDLY
THAT I CANNOT HEAR WHAT YOU SAY.