What Are They Up To

Categories:  Attempts to Make Abortion Difficult, Health Care

I always worry a bit when a few days go by without any prominent postings about this or that skulduggery.  I know this week was a distraction between the multiple disasters in Japan, the multiple anti-government protester killings in the mideast and the ongoing games in Wisconsin, but just because we don’t read about it doesn’t mean the Republicans aren’t up to something.  Of course they are up to something. Here it is. Thanks to Daily Kos for the article.  Just what we need — the IRS to perform abortion audits. Read the article. They may be stuck in the same old ruts, but they have some creative minds coming up with this crap.

Thought Police Strike in Iowa

Categories:  Consequences of Banning Abortion

From change.org comes this article about a woman in Iowa that was arrested after she told an ER nurse that she hadn’t always been sure she’d wanted this baby. She spent two days in jail for that thought crime. There’s more to the story of course, but at the end of the day the reason she was jailed was for admitting that she had previously thought about an abortion. More from fiver at Daily Kos.

So many problems in the world, but thankfully there’s one nurse who’s willing violate patient confidentiality and HIPAA rules to save a poor women from her impure thoughts.

Nebraska’s new Tourism Campaign

Categories:  Consequences of Banning Abortion, Personal Stories

Come to Nebraska and we’ll force you to carry an unviable fetus to term and then watch it die!   From the Nebraska StatePaper.com is this article about how the state’s new anti-abortion law forced someone to do exactly that. Nebraska Senator Mike Flood sponsored the law. We’re adding him to the Wall of Shame.

John Amato of Crooks & Liars has additional articles about this law and its consequences.

The Des Moines Register has this article posted including an interview with the family. They point to a very similar law being proposed for my home state of Iowa. It almost makes me want to move back their so that I can vote against it.

Mike Pence Strikes Again

Categories:  Family Planning, Health Care, Planned Parenthood, Reproductive Rights

Mike Pence (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) held an anti-abortion rights teleconference Monday night. Pence’s amendment to the continuing resolution on the federal budget would strip funding from all family planning providers that offer abortion services.  Pence makes me cringe everytime he opens his mouth. At lease everyone should be able to predict his actions by now.  News article about the teleconference is here.  Additional comments from DailyKos is here.

Personal Stories – Jackie Speier

Categories:  Personal Stories

Rep. Jackie Spieer (D-CA) pushed back hard at Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on the floor of the House this year.  There are lots of postings of her speech. This one is short and sweet.

Personal Stories

Categories:  Personal Stories

We’re going to collect stories from women brave enough to share their experiences with the rest of us.  Here is the first one. It was published as an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal North.

Horror Stories from Around the World

Categories:  Consequences of Banning Abortion, Reproductive Rights

Several horrifying anecdotes of what happens to real people all over the world — including right here in the USA — when governments ban abortions.  These are the types of stories that should be used to hammer back at Republicans when they try to take away our rights.  Hat tip to fiver who writes the stories that are hard to read.

Wisconsin and Texas Updates

Categories:  Reproductive Rights

Digby has a good writeup of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) budget and how it attacks contraception coverage by insurance companies as well as eliminates funds for family planning.  The same article  talks about Republican Gov. Rick Perry in Texas and his attempts to add more delays and BS to the process of getting an abortion.  Read the article here.