Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:03 PM
sheshe2 (19,900 posts)
Insults Against Women 2012 Review.
Although some labeled 2012 as the Year of the Woman, I can assure you that many felt like it was really the Year Against Women. It seemed that any time a woman stuck out her neck, trying to drag our country forward, a Neanderthal came out from the bushes to try to yank her back. But weíre used to that. So, we dust ourselves off, and prove that we are resilient. Unfortunately, there has been an unprecedented effort by legislators to pull the rug out from under our feet. So in no particular order, I present the top 12 legislative insults against women in 2012.
4.You can have an abortion, but you should know that you will likely want to commit suicide, as a result. Sign here, and initial here. A law in South Dakota requires doctors to read a script to women who are seeking an abortion, part of which includes a statement that women are more likely to think of committing suicide as a result of having an abortion. The law was originally passed in 2005, but it has been in and out of the courts due to the suicide portion of the script. Planned Parenthood had won an injunction, but the court eventually found for the state.
5.You were raped by your uncle? Thatís awful. But you should know that if you choose to abort the baby, youíll have to pay for the abortion. Taxpayers frown on that. The South Carolina legislature passed a bill in June that would make rape and incest victims feel like they were raped another time. This provision is added to a provision in the stateís employee health plan that provides abortions only in the case of rape, incest and for the life of the mother.
6.You should really take a look at your fetus before itís aborted. No? Well, thatís ok. Iíll describe it for you then. Like many other states, Texas has passed a law that involves the use of ultrasound before an abortion is performed. As part of the law, a woman must wait 24 hours between the ultrasound and the abortion, making it even more difficult. Hereís a heart wrenching story of a woman whoís had to suffer many times more than she should, as a result of this law.
7.You were raped and beat up? How horrible. We can help except if youíre Native American, an undocumented immigrant, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Since 1994, Congress has reauthorized the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, a law that helps victims of rape, incest, and domestic violence. It has been passed without fanfare or hurdles, but it expired in September 2011. Two versions of the bill have been introduced, but neither has passed. The Democratic version includes the underrepresented groups, but the Republican version does not. In the meantime, service providers are left without funding
8.That poor woman has a fetus that will never make it to term. But Iím going to lie to her because Iím afraid that sheíll abort it. Good thing I wonít get sued over it. In yet another move by Arizona to restrict a womanís right to choose, the stateís legislature passed a bill that gives immunity to doctors if they choose to lie to a woman about the viability of the fetus that she is carrying. The billís author, Sen. Nancy Barto (R), calls lawsuits wrongful birth lawsuits.
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