Republican war on women

NC GOP's new anti-abortion tactic: Get women to write anti-women bills

Divide and conquer, on steroids:

North Carolina Republican state Rep. Pat McElraft explains why she filed an extreme anti-choice bill yesterday despite the fact that her party’s leadership has said they want to focus on jobs and the economy. The bill would triple the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours, require only OB-GYNs to provide abortions, and prohibit faculty at the East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical schools from performing or supervising an abortion.

As a Planned Parenthood spokesperson explains, that means it would “prohibit two of the finest medical schools in the the country from providing doctors with the training necessary to provide safe abortion care.”

It does no good trying to sift through the nonsense in search of even a tiny grain of logic; the goal of the GOP is to get rid of abortion entirely. No matter what bad outcomes result from their arbitrary and patently unhealthy dictates, it's all gravy for this crowd. And even a comment as stupid as this one:

Shape the future, or be shaped by the past

Since long before our most recent election, there has been much turmoil in NC's Democratic Party. It seems everybody has somebody or some group to blame for multiple cycles of election losses, and the finger-pointing has often veered into the absurd. During such times of crisis, certain core values are at risk of being abandoned. That is the folly of "otherism." One side lays claim to being "progressive," and the other side begins to snarl when they hear that word. Or one elected Democrat abandons the Party, and the hand-wringing and "What are we doing wrong?" questions start circulating.

Those things are not symptoms of faulty values or platform positions, they are "reactions" to campaign losses. And those losses had a lot more to do with clever, unethical, and corporate-financed tactics employed by the opposition, than they did any sort of "wrong direction" on public policy goals. It's important to remember that distinction, because nothing can kill a movement (or a political party) faster than choking off the voices of those who struggled to build it in favor of those who would feel more comfortable if it had never been built in the first place. Here are a few more words, if you care to read them:

The anti-abortion zealots are not done yet

As the upcoming session of the NCGA will soon demonstrate:

The rules also require written agreements with nearby hospitals for emergencies – or proof that the clinic tried to obtain those agreements. That’s important, because hospitals in other states could effectively shut down a clinic by declining such agreements.

A handful of speakers, however, were critical. That included North Carolina Values Coalition executive director Tami Fitzgerald, who said the rules don’t go far enough in protecting women. Specifically, Fitzgerald wants stiffer certification requirements and no exceptions for clinics that don’t obtain transfer agreements with hospitals.

Nothing gets under my skin worse than a double-talking hypocrite. Tami Fitzgerald doesn't give a damn about "protecting women," and every time lies like that slide out of her mouth, her "values" are exposed for what they are, nothing more than the ravings of a brainwashed cult member.

Liddy Dole pens op-ed in favor of women's history museum

Reinforcing the stopped-clock theory:

The achievements and contributions of women, as individuals and collectively, are woefully missing from much of U.S. history. Is it any wonder that women throughout the nation have struggled to “lean in”? If the critical and indispensable contributions that women have made to our nation were woven into mainstream U.S. history, they would already be in.

To date, we have seen countless Democrats and Republicans come together to support the advancement of this important project. And yet opposition remains among a few members in the Senate.

Of course, being the loyal-to-the-last-breath GOP hack that she is, Dole doesn't supply readers the information they actually need, the names and/or political parties of those "few members" of the Senate. Who are (big surprise) right-wing extremist Republicans:

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