The major problem in this nation since the Real Estate Debacle of 2008 has been creating enough jobs for all the people in this country who want to be properly employed, to bring the unemployment level from about 7 point something% to 2 ½ to 3-½%. Instead the Republican Party has had another agenda; they have gone after women, their health choices and their medical facilities. The excuse being that as good Christians they want to end abortions in the United States.
Shortly before the Elections of 2012 Todd Akin, a Republican who had served in the House of Representatives from 2001 as the candidate from Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, while being interviewed during a radio broadcast spoke about “legitimate rape,” implying that there were two kinds of rape, one being legitimate and the other obviously being illegitimate. He also stated that women who were “legitimately” raped could not conceive, that their bodies automatically shut down. Consequently any woman who conceived from rape was “illegitimately” assaulted and that is why she conceived. This was a medical conclusion not shared by the medical profession or any other scientists in the world. This stupid statement may have been the major cause of his loosing his election and bemoaning the fact that he could no longer afford to make his mortgage payments.
Richard Mourdock came out with an even worse comment prior to the Senatorial Election of 2012 that he also lost. He stated that God wants raped women to have and raise the child conceived in an act of abject violence. One would wonder how God communicated this piece of information to Mourdock.
Interestingly Mourdock was State Treasurer of the State of Indiana from 2007 to 2012. During his second term in this position he misplaced $526 million in wrong bank accounts. Local government agencies that depended upon this money were forced to cut services and lay off personnel due to lack of funds. The balance was eventually located but auditors spent quite a bit of time afterwards looking into state finances to see if additional monies were mishandled.
In the Texas legislature in 2014 Jodie Laubenberg explained to Texas and the world at large that the police had rape kits that cleaned women out and made it impossible for them to have conceived after an incident of rape. On the basis of that startling fact it was all right to close down existing abortion clinics in the state and limit the number of health facilities available to poor women. The rape kit is used incidentally to take samples proving that the act of mayhem had occurred; it consists of a package of envelopes for holding the trace evidence.
From where do these people get their scientific knowledge? Yet these are people in state and Federal legislatures. These are also some of the people responsible in creating the laws by which this country functions.
Jodie Laubenberg is also responsible for the bill SB5, passed in the Second Special Session of the Texas legislature, which limited abortions to the first twenty weeks after conception and closed most of the few remaining women’s centers in the state that provided free or inexpensive medical care to poor women and also, when necessary, performed abortions. She is a strong advocate of all birth conceptions being carried to full term even in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother being a major issue.
She has served in the Texas House since 2003 and with two Republican colleagues introduced the bill into the first special session. This bill was introduced into the special session because it would require a simple majority there rather than the 2/3 vote needed in regular session. Wendy Davis, a Democratic legislator, filibustered the bill for almost twelve hours and the session ended before it could be passed. Governor Rick Perry called another special session and the bill was passed there.
Ms. Laubenberg is a strong advocate for all pregnancies to be carried to term but in 2007 she proposed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would require expectant mothers to wait three months before receiving prenatal care under the state’s Children Health Insurance Program. Her comment as to why she did it was: “But they’re not born yet.” In 2007 Laubenberg voted against a bill that would expand children’s health care that received over 88% support from a Republican dominated legislature. Yet even with these laws Texas has nearly one million children without health care insurance. Most of these fetuses upon birth will enter a life of abject misery for themselves and their parent(s).
While these are only three cases of Republicans who have loudly verbalized their positions they exemplify where the party stands both on the state and Federal levels. Virtually all the states where the governors are Republican and the legislatures have a Republican majority have passed similar laws, generally in a secretive fashion, even attaching the abortion section to totally unrelated bills at the last minute so they cannot even be debated. It is interesting to note that all these laws are similar. Are they copying one another or is a central conservative group supplying the legislation? I would suspect the later is true.
In any event, what about the problem of increasing employment in these or other states? What have these legislators done? They have actually exacerbated the problem by shrinking state employment and lessened the number of government jobs and then boasted about their accomplishments. Are they not only insensitive to women and their health needs but also economically ignorant of the effects of their actions? It would seem that a percentage of the people elected to the state and Federal legislatures are not only anti-government but are working to limit or destroy the welfare of a goodly percentage of the American people.
In the Federal sequester, where the cuts in spending are visible, they have been adjusted so that no one directly sees the shrinkage of government services; the totally invisible programs like nutrition for infants and children of the poor, or “meals on wheels” or any other program which would help “Romney’s 47 percent” have all been invisible, not publicly seen. All this non-visibility will disappear when the Federal fiscal year ends. In addition, in the House of Representatives does not act to change the law the sequester will be going into its second year. There will be deeper cuts as more furloughs are added to much of government employment.
In point of fact the Republicans are not making war on all women but just upon the group Mitt Romney calls the part within the bottom 47 percent, the poor women of this country, who cannot afford proper medical care and who need the female medical centers that also give abortions when necessary. These are organizations like Planned Parenthood.
Any middle class or richer woman can afford to go where these facilities exist, either in states where the Democratic Party controls either the governorship or the legislature or out of the country where these medical procedures are performed. For example Jodie Laubenberg could easily afford to do either of these but the poorer woman in Texas living on a minimum wage or a salary slightly above that is stuck where she is living, just barely surviving. Why have Todd “legitimate rape” Akin or Richard “God wants you to have the baby conceived during rape” Mourdock and most of the rest of the Republican Party hold to this position? Do they consider themselves moral parents of these women and are punishing them for engaging in sexual behavior or do they think that since these women as a group do not vote that they can push them around freely?
It would seem that the Republican Party is on the one hand trying to create a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich, and on the other hand attempting, for what they consider moral reasons, to severely limit the rights and health of women, treating them as second-class citizens.
We might also ask all these legislators: Where are the jobs they were supposed to create?