2012-03-29 "First the GOP Co-Opts “War On Women” Now They Want “Choice”" by Robin Marty
First, they came for the war on women [http://www.care2.com/causes/if-the-war-on-women-will-hurt-dems-why-is-the-gop-trying-to-co-opt-it.html]. Now, the Republican party — with assistance from their own female leaders — are coming for “choice,” too.
As the party began losing female support due to the GOP push to regulate women’s reproductive freedom, cut the social safety net and deny them access to affordable birth control and health care [http://www.care2.com/causes/what-if-i-cant-afford-birth-control-just-google-it.html], the Republicans have been searching for a way to turn the war on women frame on its head. Now, they think they’ve found it — have female leaders from their own party say Democrats are the ones coming for women’s freedoms and liberty.
Suddenly, the Republicans love “choice” especially when it comes to health care [http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/28/gop-congresswomen-deny-war-on-women-assault-obamacare/]. “We want to make certain that we are the ones that are in charge of making those health care decisions and that we are the ones working with physicians,” said Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn during a rally at the capitol opposing the Affordable Care Act.
“[T]his is putting government bureaucrats between us and our doctor. It gives government the decision making power, not us,” agreed Florida Rep. Sandy Adams apparently without the slightest trace of irony.
Both representatives are sponsors of the D.C. 20 week abortion ban, which would make terminating a pregnancy impossible for any woman who discovers that her fetus has a genetic issue or is somehow non-viable, a bill that many would consider to be a real life case of “government bureaucrats” getting between women and doctors [http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/03/defeat-of-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act-a-top-priority-say-pro-abortion-leaders-2/].