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Well it's about time someone stood up in Congress against the silent, backroom war on women's constitutional Reproductive Rights, that has been occurring in Republican-dominated states across the nation, for quite some time now.

It's great to see how articulate that push-back has been, too.


An opportunity for Congress to stand up for women

by Nancy Northup, CRR; msnbc.com -- 07/14/14

[...]
Introduced last November by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Tammy Baldwin, and Representatives Judy Chu, Lois Frankel and Marcia Fudge, this historic legislation would enforce and protect a woman’s right and access to safe, legal abortion care no matter where she happens to live.

It would prohibit states from singling out reproductive health care providers with oppressive requirements that grossly exceed what is necessary to ensure high standards of care—and that apply to no similarly low-risk medical procedures. It would maintain those regulations that actually ensure patient safety in the provision of reproductive health care—while putting a stop to dangerous regulations that are passed under the pretext of protecting women’s well-being, but that actually cut off access to abortion care and endanger women’s health and lives.
[...]

They [burdensome requirements designed to regulate them out of practice] are advanced not by doctors, but by politicians. Some have provoked public opposition by authorities no less than the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Many are based on model legislation written by explicitly anti-abortion activist organizations. And the problem they purport to solve simply does not exist.
[...]

Nancy Northup is the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

[www.reproductiverights.org]


Well you know what they say: If you don't stand up for your Rights, don't be surprised when you wake up to find one day, you've lost them.

Here's some more from that CRR spokesperson, "petulant" enough, "indignant" enough, to take the Fight to protect those hard-won Reproductive Rights, directly to the floor of 'Neanderthal Hill' ...


Senate Judiciary Committee To Hear Testimony On Historic Women's Health Protection Act

reproductiverights.org -- 07.15.14 - (PRESS RELEASE)

[...]
Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“Today, women’s access to abortion services is being blocked through an avalanche of pretextual laws that do nothing to protect women’s health and safety.  They are designed to accomplish by the pen what could not be accomplished through brute force -- the closure of facilities providing essential reproductive health care to the women of this country.

“And now millions of women’s constitutional rights are hanging by a thread -- and entirely dependent on where they happen to live.

The Women’s Health Protection Act will ensure that the fundamental right to safe, legal abortion services is unhampered by regulations passed by politicians designed to choke off women’s access to reproductive health care under the guise these laws protect their safety and well-being.  This bill will fulfill the promise of our Constitution, guaranteeing that all women are able to make private, personal decisions about their health care without intrusion from politicians who presume to know better.
[...]


And the tribal council of 'Neanderthals' were mostly speechless ... well most of them that is ...


Meanwhile back on the Todd Akin Ranch ... one of the 'Neanderthals' stood up for {cough} 'protecting' women ...


Cruz Watch:  Senator calls Democratic bill a ‘manifestation of a war on women’

by Brianna Gurciullo, mysanantonio.com -- July 15, 2014

[...]

[Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas] called the proposal “extreme legislation.”

“It is legislation designed to force a radical view from Democrats in the Senate that abortion should be universally available, common, without limit and paid for by the taxpayer,” Cruz said. “And it is also a very real manifestation of a war on women, given the enormous health consequences that unlimited abortion has had damaging the health and sometimes even the lives of women.”
[...]

In the Senate, the legislation boasts 35 co-sponsors, all Democrats, except one Independent. It has earned 124 supporters in the Republican-dominated House, which will likely block the measure from moving forward.

Cruz said the bill would “eliminate reasonable restrictions on abortion that states across this country have put in place,” such as laws that prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions or require parental notification.


No, Dr Suess, this Bill would "eliminate the un-reasonable restrictions" being xeroxing and made law, by zealots and ideologues in their smokey, state-office backrooms.

Without the requisite popular support -- how else could they possibly rollback women's Reproductive Rights, so effectively?


Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 06:20 PM PDT.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

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