Rep. Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez squared off in the first of their four debates, and the results show what we know all along.
Markey is the progressive candidate that the country needs. His opponent, Gomez, spent much of the debate putting himself right in line with the same values that conservatives always trot out. And despite how much Gomez may try to separate himself from the national party with a line like this...
“I’m an absolutely new kind of Republican. You know it and the people of Massachusetts know it.”
...he isn't going to get very far when his views on abortion draw condemnation from Planned Parenthood. He insisted that he would not change any laws, but went on to say that he thought waiting 24 hours for an abortion was fine. This creates a character problem, because he would not fight Roe V. Wade, but he would morally support anti-choice legislation as well as confirm an activist judge to the Supreme Court. How does this make sense for a Massachusetts Senator? Here's Planned Parenthood's reaction to Gomez' remarks:
"It’s ignorant and dangerous to think that delaying a woman’s access to timely medical care by forcing her to wait 24 hours before having an abortion is ‘not asking a lot.’ Passing restrictions on safe, legal abortion such as unnecessary, onerous waiting periods or approving the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice who opposes Roe v Wade is changing the law – and not for the better.” -Tricia Wajda, director of public affairs for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts
On Markey's part, he said an abortion should be a decision between a woman and her physician.
For someone who claims to be a new kind of Republican, Gomez' stance on women's reproductive health and contraception are in line with mainstream conservative values
And while Markey claimed he would not vote for any Supreme Court nominee that would overeturn Roe V. Wade, Markey claimed that he would have no litmus test. This differentiates him not only for Markey, but with Senator Kennedy, Senator Kerry, and Senator Warren. His near refusal to clarify his position on reproductive rights might be a sign that he would be yet another anti-choice Republican. This, of course, all happening in a state where 51% of people held the right to choose as a significant reason they voted Democratic.
If nothing else, this debate serves as proof that Gabriel Gomez is just another Republican willing to wage war on women. He can say he believes in equality all he wants, but when he follows up by dodging questions on women's reproductive rights and says his anti-choice position really doesn't matter, it's worrying.
North Dakota lawmakers just passed a so-called "personhood" amendment -- basically saying that life begins at conception, effectively banning abortion and potentially banning some forms of birth control.
Right-wingers have been pushing their anti-choice agenda at the state level for years, and this fall, voters will have the final word on this amendment -- North Dakota could be the first state to enact a personhood abortion ban.
Anti-choice, anti-woman activists have been pushing for legislation like this all across the country. Now that they've scored a victory, they'll be embolded to push extreme measures like this everywhere.
This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. We need to stop these radical measures from taking hold in other states.
In the state of North Dakota there is only ONE abortion clinic. They hold the prize for the state rated worst in the country for women. These bills passed yesterday will make it even more difficult for women to access abortion care—when it’s already practically impossible in this state.
The Personhood Constitutional Amendment initiative gives LEGAL RIGHTS and protections to human embryos. The Republican’s bill shamelessly goes against Roe V. Wade, as Sen. Maragaret Sitte stated: "We are intending that it be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, since Scalia said that the Supreme Court is waiting for states to raise a case."
The State's Senate also passed a bill that would SHUT DOWN North Dakota's ONLY abortion clinic, the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, by requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Yesterday, in “For Womens Rights ” DFA called on our supporters to take action in response to the legislation in Michigan that would require women seeking an abortion to undergo an invasive ultrasound. Today, we continue to fight for Women's Rights and hope to shed a serious light on this legislation that the Tea Party supported State Senates are passing.
DFA is calling on our members to stand up for Womens Rights. Please donate today . Enough is enough.
"On Tuesday, twenty-two House Republicans in Michigan introduced legislation requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an invasive ultrasound -- the same type of legislation passed in Virginia last year.
Republicans are getting more creative. Unlike Virginia's bill, this one doesn't explicitly mandate transvaginal ultrasounds, just "providing the most visibly clear image."
But don't be fooled: the only way to get the clearest image is by forcing women to undergo invasive procedures. They know that, we know that, and we can't let it happen. If we don't stand up for our fundamental rights now, we're going to see more and more attacks like these across the country."
Just because the election is over doesn’t mean the Tea Party Republican Congress’ War on Women is. Newly elected Arkansas Tea Partier Tom Cotton appeared this week on the conservative Laura Ingraham radio show to discuss women and the military. As we know from the Mitt Romney’s 47% comments, you never know what a Republican will say when amongst their own. In this case Cotton claims that women should be barred from infantry work because their “nature” makes them inferior soldiers.
Tom Cotton’s Harvard education obviously has had no impact on his views of gender capabilities. According to Think Progress Cotton stated “To have women serving in infantry, through, could impair the mission-essential tasks of those units. And that’s been proven in study after study, it’s nature, upper body strength, and physical movements, and speed, and endurance, and so forth.”
Obviously Rep Cotton is sticking to the outdated-biologically driven gender research that validated women staying at home, taking care of children and not voting. Why doesn’t the congressman look at some other studies? Like perhaps the study that states that women in NATO’s frontlines caused “no significant problems” and performed better than their male peers. Oh right, because The Tea Party Congress chooses its facts, it doesn’t find them.
What Cotton also completely ignores is that the current standard of the military prevents women from rising as quickly in the ranks as their male counterparts. If women aren’t even given the opportunity to participate fully, we may never have a truly equal military.
However, this isn’t the first outrageous comment coming from Freshman Congressman Cotton. Recently Cotton claimed that the 9/11 attacks could have been orchestrated by Iraq. Looks like we’ve found our replacement for Tea Party front man Allen West. Join us to help make sure Cotton suffers the same fate as West, and stay up to date on our efforts to oust the Tea Party majority in 2014.
In closing, lets all take a moment to be pleased that Rick Santorum is not our president: