Category Archives: Republicans
For nearly half a century, Republican lawmakers have insisted that they want to make abortion illegal. Yet when pressed to explain how they think women should be punished for abortion, or what should happen to the many new unwanted children who would be born, they have no answers–only derision. What would happen if Republican lawmakers actually got their wish and abortion became illegal? A number of other countries have banned abortion outright, and we know that the outcomes for women and children when this happens are universally negative. Read our Daily Kos blog to learn what might come to pass if Republicans were ever able to successfully upend Roe v. Wade.
Anti-choice lawmakers have long claimed that their attempts to shut down abortion clinics are the result of concerns for human life. But their steadfast opposition to policies that could actually end abortion suggest otherwise. Think we don’t know how to reduce the abortion and unwanted pregnancy rate? Think again. Here are five policies that could absolutely lower abortion rates–all opposed by Republican lawmakers.
Abortion extremists have taken their fight to such extremes that women may now have to report any evidence of a miscarriage. Because most miscarriages occur before a woman even knows she’s pregnant, this means that laws regulating miscarriage could actually criminalize menstruation–in other words, simply experiencing something most women experience now subjects women in states such as Indiana to draconian regulations.
Enter Periods for Pence. The movement is fighting back against extremist legislation by phoning Indiana state legislators with information about their periods. After all, if Republicans think they know better than women’s doctors, shouldn’t women be able to call those same Republicans seeking information about their bodies? The result has been a protest that is both hilarious and profound. To learn more about Periods for Pence and why anti-abortion regulations could affect women who intend never to have an abortion, read ACOL’s piece about the topic here.