Today, the House Health and Aging committee held its first meeting of the new General Assembly, and Chairman Lynn Wachtmann wasted no time setting the agenda for the panel’s work.
According to Gongwer, Wachtmann promised a return of Heartbeat legislation, a measure to outlaw nearly all abortions by banning them after a fetal heartbeat is detected (as early as six weeks and before many women even learn they are pregnant):
“There’s still a lot of discussions…about how that’s going to roll-out, but I would ,at some point in the next two years, think that will be a definite [...]Full Story... →
Tuesday’s election results send a very clear signal that voters are not interested in electing extremist candidates who are hostile to women. And, as Rachel Maddow tallies it, all nine members of what she’s endearingly called the “rape caucus” lost their races.
In a year that was dominated by the politics of contraception and abortion, women sided with Democratic candidates who held that such choices should be left to a woman and her doctor. Obama won by 11 points among women while he lost by 7 among men — an 18 point gender gap that far exceeds the [...]Full Story... →
The GOP etch-a-sketch team is currently on red alert, trying to make the public relations problem created by Congressman (and candidate for US Senate) Todd Akin go away. Akin’s offense? Suggesting that victims of “legitimate rape” are unlikely to get pregnant.
Here’s the latest fallout from Akin’s unfortunate statement:
RNC Chair Reince Preibus doesn’t want him at the GOP convention. Speaker John Boehner has suggested he think about his political future. And Mitt Romney said his comments were “insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.”
Akin’s beliefs about the magical powers of a woman’s body under stress may be out of step with [...]Full Story... →
In 1912, Margaret Sanger was a nurse serving poor Lower East Side women like Sadie Sachs, a mother of three who had been warned that another pregnancy would kill her. When Sadie asked her doctor how to prevent pregnancy, he told her to tell her husband to sleep on the roof. Pregnant again, Sadie self-induced an abortion, contracted an infection and died.
The above quoted article goes on to explain that Margaret Sanger tried to help women in Sadie’s position [...]Full Story... →
In our previous post, we raised an alarm about the hasty insertion of an amendment into a budget bill quickly moving through the legislature that would prevent the distribution of federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood. We made that claim because that’s what other bills (HB298 and SB201) currently pending in the Ohio General Assembly aim out to do.
It turns out that it’s actually much, much worse than that.
In addition to restricting the flow of federal “family planning” funds, House Bill 487, sponsored by Representative Ron Amstutz and adopted without a recorded vote by members of the [...]Full Story... →
Remember that thing about how there’s not really a war on women and that democrats were just making it all up to scare people? Apparently nobody at Republican headquarters remembered to get that memo to their people in Ohio.
Earlier today, the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee met and voted to adopt a number of amendments to HB487, Governor Kasich’s “mid-biennium review” of the two-year state budget. Hidden within a five-page summary of the various amendments is the following innocuously worded item:
“provide a prioritization of family planning funds”
This is shorthand for a proposal, pending in the [...]Full Story... →
Yesterday, over 200 Ohioans stormed the Statehouse as a part of the 2012 Freedom of Choice Lobby Day. The purpose of the event was to push back against the war on women, and the bill we were asking our representatives to table was “The Heartbeat Bill” or as it can be more accurately described, “The Heartless Bill.” We call it The Heartless Bill because you’d have to heartless to vote for it. The heartless bill is similar in intent to the numerous other anti-choice, anti-women, anti-family bills that the rightwing has been pushing recently. However, it is the most egregious anti-choice bill [...]Full Story... →
It’s been a crazy month if you’re a woman in America.
In January, our presidential candidates were talking about moon colonies and how they liked to fire people. In Ohio, all the talk was about earthquakes caused by injecting toxic fracking waste deep underground.
Then something strange happened. Susan G. Komen announced it was defunding Planned Parenthood, launching a national debate about contraception and women’s health (and ending in a PR disaster for Komen).
Next, religious-affiliated employers complained about an Obama administration rule (implementing a provision of health care reform) requiring employee health plans to cover contraception.
By the end [...]Full Story... →
This morning, GOP Presidential front-runner Rick Santorum expanded the right’s war on women into a war on families. On Face the Nation, Santorum announced that he opposes paying for prenatal testing during pregnancy because, in his words, “the customary procedure is to encourage abortions” among fetuses found to be “disabled.”
Holy cow, where should we even start with that?
I’ve personally had two high-risk pregnancies thanks to what is affectionately referred to as my “advanced maternal age.” I underwent screening (not testing, I’ll explain the difference later) for genetic problems. Before you can even get the screening you [...]Full Story... →
This week, without any public testimony, Republicans on the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted along party lines to prohibit Ohio physician assistants from fitting, inserting or removing a device “designed in such a manner that it functions either solely or in combination with other functions by preventing or hindering an embryo from implanting within the uterus or from growing if implantation occurs.” According to Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, fertilization is the point at which life begins, and preventing pregnancy through the use of an IUD is, effectively, terminating a [...]Full Story... →
Just like our pal Josh Mandel, Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra is running against an incumbent Democratic Senator in a Midwestern state. But the two Republicans are otherwise not too similar. The biggest difference: unlike Mandel, Hoekstra actually served 18 years at his elected position (Congressman) before seeking higher office, where Mandel spent all of about 3 months as Treasurer before kicking off his campaign for Senate.
So when I saw that Hoekstra had donated $2500 to Mandel’s Senate campaign I wondered: what else could these two guys possibly have in common?
The answer came during this year’s [...]Full Story... →