Jul. 2, 2013

Houston, Ohio & Alabama: We Have a Problem

When I was president, I announced and I still maintain that I can live with Roe v. Wade. I did everything I possibly could as president under that ruling, which I don't think ought to be changed, to minimize the need for abortions. I think every abortion is a result of a horrible series of errors on the part of people involved. (Former President, Jimmy Carter)

The Republican Party has a real problem on their hands. It is getting worse every day and they can't seem to do anything to stop it. The state-run Republican legislatures are systematically trying to circumvent the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision by making access to abortions and even women's reproductive services available in their states.

In Ohio, Governor John Kasich just signed a BUDGET with many draconian anti abortion laws written into the budget. The legislature threw the measures into the budget at the last minute with NO DEBATE on the floor of that state body. Kasich willingly and gleefully signed off on the budget and ALL the provisions with no line item vetos.

In Texas, Governor Rick Perry has recently called his second straight emergency session with the purpose of getting stringent abortion measures passed. Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis has become a national figure and official pain in Perry's ass with her recent 12-hour filibuster to thwart the first emergency session. Texas WILL get their draconian measures through this time out and successfully get 37 of the 42 state-run women's clinics closed. This WILL put Texas women at risk.

A bunch of states just had similar laws take effect in Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi and South Dakota.

Another in Montana, and part of a law in Alabama, would have started, but it was blocked by federal court in that state.

All of these were passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures and signed by their GOP governors.

What we are dealing with is the states doing what the congress and senate can not do. If congress were to successfully kill abortion, they would never win another national election.

I would think with women getting picked on systematically like African Americans and gays for the past half century, the Republicans would back off before losing yet another national voting block, women.

Rick Perry and John Kasich have been playing this conservative Red Meat game for so long, they know no other way to survive in politics. Both men are going to find their poll numbers dropping over the next year. They will be alarmed at how many women will jump ship on them and gravitate towards new candidates like Wendy Davis and other empowered women politicians.

The national re-branding effort is really failing so far. That is why we don't hear a peep from House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about what is going on in the states. You don't see them launching or backing NATIONAL bills to circumvent the current abortion laws.

These are serious times with serious issues. The recent SCOTUS rulings on DOMA and Prop. 8 are definitely progressive and movement. The destruction of the Voting Rights Act sections that affect voter registration need to be corrected by the national congress.

The MOST important thing our government and Supreme Court must examine, is making a uniform abortion and reproductive ruling that will prohibit political bodies from making these decisions for political idealogical reasons. They may have thwarted blacks voting, but what about women? Hillary Clinton is a woman and the frontrunner for 2016. Good luck Republicans. You have screwed yourselves out of future black support and women are next.

Women's bodies are THEIR business and no governor should be able to tell a woman what she can and can't do when it comes to these rights. It has been the law of the land since 1973. Look it up.

Addendum: North Carolina's Republican-run legislature tacked anti-abortion ammendments to a "Sharia Law" bill. YES IT'S TRUE! They are ramroding this through. (7/3/2013)