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While the fight rages on (solidarity, WI!), a lesser-known but just as coordinated, pervasive attack is raging against women’s rights. For years, the anti-choice movement has been sending up test balloons at the state level to determine the most effective ways to chip away at abortion rights. Now, they’re launching a multi-front attack.

To an untrained eye, it may seem like a hodgepodge of random laws, varying in their effectiveness, without coordinated strategy. But make no mistake, their strategy is as coordinated as the attack on the middle class. The laws introduced in each state are tailored to the progress regress they think they can make there, and they add up to one giant step backward for women’s rights.

For those of you who think this is all hyperbole and reproductive freedom is safe – I’ll point to these four laws, all about to be signed by the Governors of their respective states:

Virginia – Requires abortion providers to rebuild their clinics to meet standards of a hospital

Ohio – Outlaws abortion at heartbeat, 18 days conception

South Dakota – Mandatory 72-hour waiting period, forced counseling by anti-choice “pregnancy help centers”

Texas – Requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to the doctor’s physical description of the fetus; no exceptions for rape or incest

Along with fights in all of these states.

So you can identify their tactics, I’ve summarized the anti-choice movement’s efforts into five main categories. Here's your guide to the anti-choice playbook:

Originally posted to progressivemajority on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:37 AM PST.

Also republished by Abortion.

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    •  Thank You for Posting This Warning. (1+ / 0-)
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      It just seems like these attacks just never end and that people don't think they are real. I live in Virginia and am outraged that this new restriction on clinics was sneaked in through the back door instead of going through a regular committee procedure where the Democrats normally would have had the votes to kill this bill. I am still steaming about this.

      If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

      by VirginiaBlue on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 01:55:48 PM PST

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      •  The Republicans are so crazy or so desperate that (0+ / 0-)

        there have been a number of outright anti democratic moves they have been pulling, which eliminate the abiity of Democrats and affected parties to be heard. I do not remember these in years past.   They include the House Rules provision which allowed Paul Ryan specifically acting alone and without a vote to set budget priorities by publishing his in the Federal Register, with no right to bring that up to a vote later,  Boehners decision on his own lookout and without a vote to have the House take up defense of DOMA in the Second Circuit, the various WI stunts which took votes on the Grab Bag Buget Repair bill at times before the Dems were scheduled to be present and stopping votes and declaring success before the voting was completed, and now this.  THey claim to be constitutionalists but this kind of structural disenfrancisement of elected officials reallhy bothers me since now it is not an isolated incident but a regular practice.

      •  Scary... and happening all over the country (0+ / 0-)

        It's an ongoing problem for the pro-choice community - there are a number of people who are supportive but just don't believe that we could go back to a time where abortion is illegal. Often the movement is divided between people who remember what it was like before Roe, and people who are too young to know. Abortion rights are abstract to them. The key is that the threats are very real; they affect women every day who are trying to make healthy decisions for their health and future. Roe v. Wade doesn't have to be overturned for individual laws to chip away at our reproductive rights.

  •  Thanks for this (0+ / 0-)

    It's beginning to feel like progressive protests in various places are gaining steam. Hopefully some women (and the men who love them) will rise up and protest these new restrictions.

    We cannot be content...if some fraction of our people--whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth--is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure. FDR

    by wide eyed lib on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 02:00:29 PM PST

    •  The silver lining (1+ / 0-)
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      wide eyed lib

      It's been heartening, to say the least, to see the progressive movement come together to defend our shared values. The key is continuing this energy, and preventing the "divide and conquer" strategy from being effective. I think we will see the conservatives attack our values on a number of fronts, and we will all have to stick together and keep up the fight.

  •  it reminds me of horror films (0+ / 0-)

    where the remaining survivors of some future nuclear holocaust are fighting successive waves of zombie attacks. Except at the climax, the zombies have learned from past mistakes and they are coming from every direction. No matter how many are picked off, they just keep coming!  No place and no one is safe, no one - aaah! gasp! gurgle!

    Today's G.O.P.: Grand Old (Evil, Woman-Hating) Pricks

    by GenuineRisk on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 05:10:03 PM PST

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