The GOP's New Abortion Agenda

The GOP's New Abortion Agenda

There are 2 comments on the MotherJones story from Dec 2, 2010, titled The GOP's New Abortion Agenda. In it, MotherJones reports that:

Flickr/ Steve Rhodes . Republicans want to make bans on federal funding of abortion permanent.

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“Unborn babies are people too”

Since: Jul 09

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Dec 2, 2010
Earth to Mother Jones: the abolition of taxpayer-subsidized death by abortion is also the agenda of a clear majority of Americans.

"The [November 2009] CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released today shows 61 percent oppose taxpayer funding of abortions while 37 percent are supportive.

"The CNN poll goes further and finds that a majority of Americans, by a 51 to 45 percent margin, believe women should be required to use their own money to pay for abortions even if they have private health insurance and no government money is involved. They did not think health insurance should pay for abortions."

"The Polling Company's [November 2010] post-election polling also found 27 percent of voters said abortion funding in the health care law affected their vote and they voted for candidates who opposed the health care law while just 4 percent said abortion funding in the health care law affected their vote and they voted for candidates who favored the law."
Peralta de Peralta

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Dec 17, 2010
Lawmakers OK with forced abortions
'What kind of leaders refuse to protect pregnant women who want to keep their child?'
Posted: December 16, 2010
9:14 am Eastern
By Michael Carl

"Canada's parliament couldn't muster the votes to make it illegal to force a woman to have an abortion.

"The bill would have amended the Canadian Federal Criminal Code to make it illegal to coerce, threaten, or physically force a woman to have an abortion.

"Winnepeg South Member of Parliament Rod Bruinooge introduced the bill, nicknamed Roxanne's Law after Philippine immigrant Roxanne Fernando, who was severely beaten and left to die in a snowdrift outside of Winnepeg, Manitoba.

"Catholic Civil Rights League of Canada President JoAnn McGarry says the bill's failure is disappointing, but not a surprise.

""It's very unfortunate because the bill represented an effort to provide some protection for the rights of women, and some recognition for the humanity of the unborn child," McCarry observed.

""I think the reason the vote was so wide was that the government made it quite clear that it would not support the bill. That took away a lot of support from Conservative Party members who would ordinarily have supported it," McCarry continued.

"Other supporters of the bill were more animated in their responses to the bill being voted down.

"In a statement for the press, Association for Reformed Political Action Director Mark Penninga says the defeat doesn't reflect well on Canada's leaders.

""What kind of leaders refuse to protect pregnant women who want to keep their child? We need to ask the MPs who voted against it how exactly they can justify their vote, especially given that all of the arguments raised in the House against it were answered in detail," Penninga said.

"Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada President Joyce Arthur says she is pleased by the vote.

""We're very pleased with the results. We've been campaigning and writing letters to parliament asking them to vote against the bill," Arthur stated.

""We feel strongly that the bill isn't necessary as threats and coercion are already illegal under our criminal code. So this bill simply was duplicating something. There was no evidence at all that women are being coerced into abortion in significant numbers," Arthur added.

""One of the biggest problems with the bill, of course, is that it was focusing on abortion only, when we know that women are also coerced into child birth," Arthur continued.

""The major issue here is domestic violence against women, violence in general. So it's a much broader problem – a bigger issue – and this bill didn't address that in any substantive way," Arthur stated.

"Arthur adds the issues that she believes the bill should have included.

""We in fact need things that will help women be safe in decent relationships, pay equity, universal child care and all of these programs that women need to protect their safety and economic security and so on. Ironically the conservative government in Canada is cutting programs and funds to help women do that," Arthur claimed.

""So we saw this bill as a cynical attempt by the government to get a foot in the door, so bring the fetus into public debate, into law in order and try to enact further restrictions on abortion in the future," Arthur further claimed.

"Bruinooge has not been available for comment since the parliamentary vote, but said in earlier interviews that his bill wasn't about abortion.

""It doesn't have any bearing on access to abortion. That's not related to this bill. Access to abortion in Canada is in all nine months. We're perhaps the most liberal country in the world when it comes to abortion access," Bruinooge said..."

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