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Thu Jan 22, 2015, 09:34 PM

Abortion dissenters face backlash

Republican lawmakers responsible for delaying a controversial abortion bill are on notice from conservative activists in 2016.

I believe in political retribution, otherwise you might as well close up shop, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told The Hill.

Anti-abortion advocates say electoral challenges could be in the cards for those who worked to stall a 20-week abortion ban bill that was widely expected to pass the House on Thursday. Amid concerns with the language on rape exceptions, however, the bill was abruptly pulled from consideration late Wednesday.

I think that there probably will be [primary challenges], added Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a religious political group in Washington. I think there will be some consequences for this.

The House had spent weeks coordinating its vote on a late-term abortion bill on Thursday to coincide with the national March for Life rally as well as the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The bill, with more than 100 cosponsors, was expected to easily clear the chamber.

At issue was a provision granting the victims of rape an exception from the ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy only if the rape was reported to police. The Justice Department estimates that nearly 70 percent of rapes go unreported, often due to victims' fear of retribution.

But a number of Republican moderates, led by Reps. Renee Ellmers (N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (Ind.), warned that a certain provision on rape would erode support for the GOP from women and young people in future national elections, along with how it might play in their more centrist districts.

Instead, a new bill was quickly unveiled that would prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion. It passed the House largely on party lines Thursday morning.

Still, the House GOPs unexpected retreat from its original bill is emboldening abortion rights activists to force the issue in 2016, forcing opponents of abortion on the offense.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/230490-abortion-dissenters-face-backlash

Grrrrrrrrrrr - I was listening to a story about this on NPR as I was driving home - good thing I was by myself because I was cursing up a real storm.

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Response to PumpkinAle (Original post)

Thu Jan 22, 2015, 09:40 PM

1. STAY THE FUCK OUT OF THE UTERUS

Unless it's your own.

Goddamn! This shit makes me nuts!

I hate Republicans!

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Response to PumpkinAle (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 01:38 AM

2. The Tea Party won't be satisfied until the U.S. is the duplicate of today's Afghanistan.

 

And the Family Research Council is a Christian dominionist organization.

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Response to PumpkinAle (Original post)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 06:35 AM

3. How dare Republican women stand up for themselves and their gender!

My guess is the party will find some right wing nut like Ernst to run against them.

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Response to PumpkinAle (Original post)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 10:34 PM

4. kick

 

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