Republicans Excited To Destroy Your Reproductive Rights In 2015
Good news, people with uteruses! Our country elected a Republican majority to both the House and Senate, and once those suckers take office in 2015 they are gonna going to tackle our country’s most important problems ASAP. #1 on their agenda: Your right to a safe and legal abortion, of course. What did you think it would be, poverty? Equal pay? Gun laws? Come on now, don’t get it twisted.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Republicans are poised to revisit the 20-week abortion ban in the new year. It’s currently the law in 13 states. Their position is based on the argument that fetuses feel pain, which is widely debunked at this point. But luckily our elected officials won’t let something as silly as science stand in their way! Says the WSJ:
For the first time since the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was passed in 2003, outlawing a late-term procedure, the antiabortion movement sees opportunity on Capitol Hill as the GOP prepares to take charge of the U.S. Senate.
If you’re not feeling sick to your stomach, you should be. Similar legislation passed in the House in 2013, and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is quoted in the piece as saying,
“Thereâ€™s no reason our constituents should be kept from having their voices heard on the issue in the Senate, as well. I look forward to having the Senate consider similar legislation in the next Congress.â€
As Jezebel notes, there’s no way President Obama would ever sign such legislation into law, but that could all change if an anti-choice Republican is elected President in 2016. As usual, there’s a lot at stake. For starters: the basic rights of American women.
This year we saw a record-breaking 100 women in Congress. But that’s 100 out of 535. We make up half the population, and yet we’re still wildly underrepresented in our own government. Check out this photo MSNBC published of the chairs of all the Congressional committees. Notice anything?
20 men. 1 woman. White, white, white.
32 of the 100 women in Congress are women of color. It’s another record-breaker, which is awesome. But as we continue to change the face of government, don’t forget who still sits at the top: white dudes.