In the past four months, 916 anti-abortion bills have been proposed at the state-level. I have sat by and watched as this happened, feeling helpless and incapable of giving coverage to all of it. A sampling:
And today, the U.S. House passed H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Sixteen Democrats joined all 235 Republicans to vote in favor of the bill that redefines rape, raises taxes, requires rape audits, tightens restrictions against federal funding for abortion services and discourages private insurers from providing coverage for abortion. No job creation measures.
And it’s not going anywhere. It will not pass in the Senate and President Obama has threatened to veto it. It is merely a massive public display of contempt for women. Sadly, I cannot say the same for the other bills I listed, which are railroading women’s rights across the country. Oh, and last month Congress reinstated a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia. The red meat the GOP is throwing to its base comes from women’s bodies.