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Right-Wing War on Women: States Encourage Doctors to LIE to Stop Women’s Abortion Choices

Those well-studied, fact-filled state legislators in Kansas and New Hampshire have now either passed or are about to pass bills that force doctors to lie to women wanting abortions. These doctors, against all the medical information they have, are still obviously not as well-informed as the right-wing, non-medical, professional politicians about how women’s bodies react to various procedures.

Therefore doctors will be forced to lie to women and tell them the untruth that abortion increases their risk of breast cancer.

See this article by Eric Zorn, in the Chicago Tribune: The undisputed nerve of anti-abortion state legislators

Zorn lists medical organization after medical organization that describes studies showing no extra risk of breast cancer for women who’ve had abortions than there is for women who have not. But those non-medical right-wing professional politicians still know better than medical researchers, I guess.

Or they gnash their teeth at the thought that women are independent and can actually choose both when to have sex and when to be parents. And — worst crime of all, which the right-wing male Republican professional politicians absolutely cannot abide — they are not under the control of men.

This resentment has been festering for a long, long time, and right-wing men have finally found a way (they think) to get those damn uppity women back under male control.

One of the methods is by coercing doctors to go against all their knowledge — and lie.

 

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March 21, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Six

Sorry, I didn’t realize the strip would go on Saturday too, even though I should have remembered that.

So without further ado, Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Six.

“The Republican party is hoping you get caught in a shame spiral, and change your mind.”

March 19, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Five

Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Five.

“Shall I describe its hopes and dreams?”

“If it wants to be the next Rick Perry, I’ve made up my mind.”

Thank you for this, Garry Trudeau!

 

March 16, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Rick Perry and the Texas Taliban (“This is pure evil”)

Rick Perry, woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban

Woman-hating leader of the Texas Taliban, Rick Perry

The Texas Taliban, otherwise known as the right-wingnut theocratic regime of Texas governor Rick Perry, have this torture of a woman laid solely at their doors. No doubt they would chuckle in glee when they read this, because that’s what the Taliban does.

A triumph for the Texas Taliban:

From the moment he was born, my doctor told us, our son would suffer greatly.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby.

The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

But did the state of Texas, under the godly, merciful regime of Rick Perry, care one whit? No.

“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.”

When the description was finally over, the doctor held up a script and said he was legally obliged to read me information provided by the state.

As Ophelia Benson, author of this blog post, says, “This is pure evil.”

This is gleeful, wanton torture of a woman, by the godly, merciful, theocracy-based regime of Rick Perry, to badger and force her to have a baby whose future will be nothing but suffering — a baby that Rick Perry’s state will abandon and refuse to help from the moment they force it to be born.

This is — this is — this IS — pure evil.

March 16, 2012 Posted by | * Religious violence, * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Four

Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Four.

“By the authority vested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape…”

 

March 15, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Three

Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Three.

“On behalf of Governor Rick Perry, welcome to your complimentary transvaginal exam…”

March 14, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , , , | Leave a comment

Right-Wing War on Women: Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Two

Doonesbury “abortion strip,” Day Two.

“Do your parents know you’re a slut? Surely they suspect.”

 

 

March 13, 2012 Posted by | * War against women | , | Leave a comment