Alabama shows us the Republican endgame for women’s health policy

Republicans, in an attempt to see Roe v. Wade rolled back, have been aggressively working within state legislatures to pass restrictive anti-abortion laws that they know will be challenged in the courts, with the hope being that one of these cases might make its way all the way up to the Supreme Court, where the landmark 1973 decision could either be struck down once and for all, or weakened to the point of uselessness. Of all of these coordinated legislative attacks, which are now underway in over one dozen states, the one that was signed into law earlier this evening by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is by far the worst, as it does not even make exceptions for women who have become pregnant as a result of either incest or rape. It’s so extreme, in fact, that televangelist Pat Robertson said the the Alabama legislature had “gone too far“. [I suspect he said this not because he disagreed with the bill, but because he knows how it will be greeted by the American electorate, which overwhelmingly believes that abortion rights should be protected.]

If you’re wondering how a bill like this — a bill that would force a 12 year old rape victim to carry her attacker’s child to term — could possibly make its way through the legislative process, I have 25 images that I’d like to show you… These are the 25 Republicans who voted earlier today to put this bill on Kay Ivey’s desk. As you can see, they’re all very white and male. [Alabama’s Sate Senate has 35 members. 27 are presently Republicans. Of those, 25 voted for the Human Life Protection Act, which passed 25 to 6. These are those 25 Republicans.]


One would hope that maybe, just maybe, Republican women might see this, and realize that perhaps they need to start voting for fewer white, conservative men. I doubt that will happen in any significant way, as I suspect most Republican women don’t feel as though these laws really apply to them, as they could always just send their daughters out-of-state to have their abortions performed, but I have to think that some will see this and come to their senses, especially as their college-educated adult children begin fleeing the state in droves. [What college-education young woman would remain in a state with laws like this on the books?]

In the interest of fairness, here’s an argument in favor of the legislation… Sure, this new law would sentence any doctor caught performing an abortion on a 12 year old incest victim to prison for up to 99 years, but, on the up side, it would ensure that the evidence of said incest would be preserved in the form of a human life that could be entered into evidence!

[Of course, you know the father, in this scenario, would get no where near the 99 years given to a doctor found guilty of having performed an abortion.]

There’s very little positive to say about this, as it’s completely fucking terrifying, but maybe this will swing enough Alabamans away from the Republicans in 2020 that Democratic Senator Doug Jones can squeak out a win and hold onto his seat, giving us a chance of flipping the Senate, and forcing the very evil Mitch McConnell from power… Here, speaking of Jones, is what he had to say today.

I wish I could say more, as there’s a lot more to be said, but I need to sleep. Sorry, folks.

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34 Comments

  1. John Galt
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    They may not be women but I’m sure many of these Senators have paid for abortions. It’s not like they don’t have relevant experience with the subject.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    The goal is to save the souls of the innocent unborn, unless doing such saving would undo the good works of imperfect men like King Cyrus who have been indirectly Chosen to implement into society so that more souls can be saved.

  3. Trump 2020
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Psalm 137:9 Blessed will be one who seize and smash your little ones Against the rock.

    Even the armies of Satan arriving at the boarder will no sway us from listening to the TRUMPet and the archangel Michael PENCE protecting babys from Satan’s grasp abortinists and drug store workers not give medisins to pregnant girls keep baby and give to family with no eggs get rid of them ABORTION IS MURDER ABORTINISTS GET THE DEATH PENALTY

  4. Kay Ivey
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from god.

  5. EOS
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    If the rapist doesn’t get the death penalty, why would anyone think it is just to sentence the innocent child to death?

  6. Anonymous
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Doug Jones from last night:

    For any woman out there tonight who is afraid, angry, in disbelief, or feeling disenfranchised, know this: I am with you, & I will fight for you. Period!

  7. Trump 2020
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Deuteronomy 22:28-29 28 If man happen to meet virgin who is not married and rapes her and they are discovered, he must pay her father fifty dollars. He has to marry the young woman, cause violated her. He can never divorce her ever.

    BIBLE say the RAPIST must marry the girl so they can live happy life forever and ever because if they don’t marry then no one is happy and baby will be ABORTED ABORTION IS EVEL!!!!!!!! Only Satan’s army aborts not JESUS army and the TRUMPet and archangel Michael PENCE. KEEP BOARDER CLOSED FOREVER!!!! If woman marries rape everyone is happy and love

  8. Jean Henry
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    TIM: Life begins at conception. Pregnancy is a gift from God, which is why I’m cosponsoring this anti-abortion legislation after asking my lover to have an abortion. I’m 65 and she’s 32, but you probably figured that out already.
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    SCOTT: When you’re a pro-life, pro-family values Republican doctor running for Congress, you understand the value of human life. I had an affair with a patient and then pressured her to have an abortion. I also fired a gun outside my wife’s bedroom. Who better than me to forcibly take the choice away from American women? I had to send my girlfriend out of state to get her abortion. Liberals are hedonistic monsters and it just makes me so angry!

    ERIC: Being pro-life means that every human life is treasured. As a proud husband and father, I had an affair with my hairdresser, tied her up, took photographs of her while she was naked and then threatened to release the images if she didn’t keep silent about our affair. I also sexually assaulted her. Abortion is immoral, which is why I signed this legislation further restricting it in my already oppressive Family Values state. Women like the hairdresser I abused should not be trusted to make this decision.

    DENNIS: I have never paid for an abortion. My pro-life voting record speaks for itself. We want to live in a society where every child has a chance at life. I sexually abused teenagers while I was their coach and paid them $3.5 million to stay silent. Babies are precious!

    MARK: That totally reminds me of the time I texted sexual images to an underage page. There’s no way to get a teenage boy pregnant, so no hypocrisy on my anti-abortion stance.

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    TED: The most effective way to reduce abortion rates is to increase access to birth control. That’s why me and my twelve male colleagues who love life so gosh darn much want to restrict access to birth control. Women should be allowed to perform in porn videos for our pleasure but they should not be trusted to make their own choices.

    STEVE: Being the finance chairman of the pro-life Republican Party has been the greatest honor of my life as I raped and sexually abused multiple women and threatened them with attack dogs. Women should not be trusted to make their own choices.

    ROY: 14-year-old girls are sexy and women should not be trusted to make their own choices.

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    ROB, COREY, STEVE, ANDREW: No one values women like this wife-beating administration. Women should not be trusted to make their own choices.

    ELLIOT: The reason I work for the Republican National Committee and raise money for the Republican Party is because the GOP is the pro-life party. What is more sacred than life? What is more urgent than paying my Playboy Playmate mistress $1.6 million in eight quarterly installments to buy her silence about our affair and her abortion? And why did Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen arrange the non-disclosure agreement for me? 1.6 million dollars says you’ll never find out.

    DONALD: Did I pay for multiple abortions? It’s such an interesting question. The important thing is that rich Republican men will always be able to abuse and assault women and also pay for their mistresses’ abortions, even as we take the decision away from women who shouldn’t be trusted to decide for themselves. Only then will America be great again, mostly for Republican men.

    – – –

    https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/abortion-is-immoral-except-when-it-comes-to-my-mistresses?fbclid=IwAR3ypZT5zHiNZWwan7gjJPjKDA-izZNebqMh7SsfUJis6kVfj8WrpTW2VfQ

  9. Jean Henry
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Alabama does not care about the well being of children or any one else.

    https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2018/09/nick_saban_speaks_out_about_in.html

    This is not a ‘culture war;’ it’s a religious war against personal freedom and self-agency. And if they get this, they will come for more. I grew up around these people. They are fin when held to their place, but do not give them this kind of power. Moral certainty makes everyone stupid. Moral certainty leads to anti-democratic and human rights abusive behavior like this.

    No one for any reason should be forced to bear children against their will. For the good of all humans.

    PS Mi Right to Life passed an abortion restricting bill two days ago. Whitmer is planning to veto. The GOP will try to overturn.
    MI Right to Life is also starting a ballot initiative.

    Ohio just outlawed all abortions after 6 weeks gestation when most women do noy know they are pregnant.

    Prepare to fight. Right here.

  10. Elviscostello
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    EOS, when does the split cell become a child?

  11. EOS
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Elvis,

    I don’t know. A pregnant woman is said to be “with child”. When parents are “expecting” they are expecting a human being. According to science, human life begins before the first cell divides and grows. The DNA in that first cell has all the instructions necessary for a unique individual. There are no other “parts” that need to be added later. It’s a human, not a stem cell that might develop into any other species under different circumstances. Nobody gives birth to a blob of tissue – it’s a baby.

    Who decided that women’s health includes the option to have their offspring slaughtered before birth? It’s certainly not healthcare for the females in the womb.

    And why is it called Planned Parenthood? More like Planned Un-Parenthood. Why is it called “Pro-choice” when they only offer one choice?

    Why does a woman have sole discretion to kill her child and the father has no voice in whether his child is allowed to survive?

    The ultimate freedom, the ultimate right, is the right to exist and be born. Without the right to life, all other rights are meaningless.

  12. Sad
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    EOS if any of these laws go to the Supreme Court John Roberts would not let them overturn precedent.

    Luckily when Mayor Pete gets elected he wants to change the court. Thank God.

  13. Sad
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/stare_decisis

  14. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    How is Bader doing?

  15. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Heard she was sparring with Chuck Norris at the gym 5x a week and wondered if anyone has any recent pics.

  16. Jean Henry
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Warren is not ducking around on reproductive rights. She has reset the bar for Dems.
    https://www.vox.com/2019/5/17/18628684/abortion-elizabeth-warren-platform-roe-v-wade

    Ps why does anyone care what EOS thinks about abortion. She’s entitled to her moral perspective. She’s not entitled to encode it into law.
    Thank God for abortions.

  17. Anonymous
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    https://www.vox.com/first-person/2019/5/17/18629233/alabama-missouri-abortion-ban-2019

    First, the obvious: Laws that restrict access to abortion are not an effective way to end or greatly reduce the number of abortions because people will continue to have abortions regardless of the law. We actually know how to reduce the number of abortions. Most of those ways involve being honest about how and when people have sex and giving people the information they need to have sex responsibly.

    Yet most who favor these highly restrictive laws do not seem terribly interested in pursuing policies that would do any of these things. Every state that has passed a restrictive law around abortion in recent weeks requires that sex education “stress” abstinence. Neither Alabama nor Missouri mandates sex education, though when it is taught, both states require that it emphasize the importance of “sex only within marriage.” Georgia, which does mandate sex education, does not require that information about contraception be included.

    This simple fact suggests to me, when I am in a less generous mood, that they are not concerned about preventing abortions. They are instead interested in enforcing their own reactionary views with regard to women and sex.

  18. EOS
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Someone’s moral values are encoded into law. Do we want laws that respect human life or is the national consensus to treat life as something to be discarded as an unwanted burden? Is motherhood an exalted status, or do we consider “breeders” as an inferior class and pregnancy a condition to be avoided? If you believe human life is insignificant and not worthy of protection, why is it OK for you to advocate for laws that are consistent with your moral values while attempting to deny the same consideration to those who hold different values?

    You are free to choose to have unprotected sex outside of marriage, or to carelessly use contraceptives, but when your actions result in the creation of human life, you have a moral obligation not to destroy that life.

    The Bible doesn’t condemn the souls of the unborn slaughtered in the womb. But it clearly describes negative consequences for unrepentant sinners. And it equally condemns those who see evil and the persecution of the innocent and do nothing to stop it.

  19. Sad
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    You are really incapable of self reflection aren’t you?

    You might have some legitimacy if you had in addition to your anti-abortion stance stood up for the ACA expansion to provide healthcare to people in need or objected to the states reductions in the earned income tax credit. But you’re so steeped in whatever it is you believe that you’re virtually blinded to the world.

    You’re sadder than me.

    Luckily Mayor Pete is promoting more socially acceptable Christian values.

  20. John Brown
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    “Biblical consequences” Ha! Get in the 21st century. The worms chew your dead rotten, spiritless, corpse the same whether you were good or evil. YOLO

  21. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Fake John Brown seems completely unaware that his frequent assertions that God does not exist, is a gestures, that is necessarily rooted in the same kind of faith-based approach that he proudly judges others for participating in.

    You don’t know who you are Fake John Brown.

  22. Jean Henry
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    EOS: ‘it equally condemns those who see evil and the persecution of the innocent and do nothing to stop it.’ — Well, by your own belief system, you are pretty well fucked then, EOS.

    I, on the other hand, am going to thoroughly enjoy either my dirt nap or the unknowable grand adventure that lies beyond this realm. I am totally ok with not knowing or believing because I what actually believe in is humility before the unknowable. I also believe in not being inhumane towards others. Clearly, you do not.

  23. Dogmatic Dolt
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Aloha, some one posted this info on another web site I frequent. “Democrats won the 2018 midterm elections by 10 million votes, the largest margin in history.

    And it was mostly because of women voters turning out to send a message to the GOP. According to Pew, nearly 60% of women voted for Democrats and just 40% voted for Republicans. (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/11/08/the-2018-midterm-vote-divisions-by-race-gender-education/)

    Now, thanks to the anti-women actions being taken by Republicans at all levels of government, women are more angry than ever.

    With new state laws making abortion illegal, the GOP has further awakened and angered the sleeping giant known as the female electorate. (53% of all votes cast are cast by women.)

    This means that 2020 will probably be a Blue Tsunami unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”

  24. Dogmatic Dolt
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Aloha Sad, article about your guy’s military service.

    After he announced he was gay in a South Bend newspaper column after returning from Afghanistan, people in his unit were surprised, but supportive.
    “Nobody had a problem with him,” one reservist said. “We knew he was a Democrat and a mayor with ambitions. The only negative thing I can say is that we lost him. The unit would have been stronger if he had stayed.” on CNN, ”

    Tulsi is serving her 16th. year in the military (originally as an enlistee and now as a Major), and is prepared to serve as our Commander and Chief. On top of that she is prepared to make the military follow her orders rather than be another Trumpian lap dog for the military/congressional/industrial complex.

  25. Sad
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    We need to stand by our favorites Dolt. Even if it seems difficult.

  26. Dogmatic Dolt
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Aloha EOS, ” And it equally condemns those who see evil and the persecution of the innocent and do nothing to stop it.” I guess I can assume you and like minded will be withholding your vote from Trump. His veto of the War Powers Resolution enable’s the continuing genocide in Yemen. I assume you have seen the photos of the dying children caused by the siege which are material support provides the Saudi mass murderers. But I am a dolt and the nuances/hypocrisy of evangelical theocracy escapes me.

  27. John Brown
    Posted May 20, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    FF doesn’t know the difference between faith and science? Or are they just regurgitating that tired line that science is a form of faith? You deserve a paid segment on the 700 club. Now I know John Brown started as a holy rollin zealot SJW. But cut me some slack, that was back when people were genuinely ignorant. But as the centuries passed I had no choice but to evolve and accept an evidence based approach to life. So it was a natural move to becoming a humanist SJW. Nowadays some ole fools still insist on remaining willfully ignorant and are forever vulnerable to hucksters who know how to trick you because you want to believe so baaaaad. Like “sheep in a flock”, right? I mean there’s all kinds of language in your old fairy tale that reveals the con – if you’re thinking. I’m just sorry it took me so long to discard the paternalistic fairy tales.

    We’ll never achieve justice in a society with an underlying foundation of sexism and manipulative lies.

  28. John Brown
    Posted May 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Here’s another one of those mealy mouth brainiac libtards with lots of big words. He studied baboons, so he’s well prepared for studying trumptards.

    https://www.alternet.org/2019/05/neurologist-robert-sapolsky-explains-how-trump-is-creating-a-public-health-crisis-stress-pushes-people-towards-parochialism/

    Physical training is a great way to harness the energy of stressful times. Knowing you’re as ready to rock as possible is reassuring. And every now and then I recommend blasting the shit outta an orange wig wearing watermelon with some 308 hollow points.

  29. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 27, 2019 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Why would I need to cut the real John Brown some slack? Real John Brown is a hero to many and rightfully so.

    I did not make any statements about science. I made a statement about Fake John Brown’s apparent “positive and strong” type of atheism. Assertions that god does not exist are not based in science. Positive atheism, which Fake John Brown appears to believe in, is faith based. Fake John Brown does not know who or what he is.

  30. Sad
    Posted May 28, 2019 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Sir, this is an Arby’s!

  31. Sad
    Posted May 28, 2019 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Or do you suffer from correctile dysfunction?

  32. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 28, 2019 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Sad,

    FJB and Jean’s recent little accusations (against me) did not make sense. Period.

  33. Anonymous
    Posted May 28, 2019 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    I thought Mlive had the worst comments section in the area, guess I was wrong.

  34. stupid hick
    Posted May 28, 2019 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Sad knows that any mention of Arby’s is like waving a red cape at me, but I’m not going to comment except to opine that Arby’s French Dip is much, much, better than supposedly more “upscale” TGIFriday’s, and not only that it’s cheaper too. Furthermore I will warn everyone that TGIFriday’s French Onion Soup is actually the same instant au jus they use for the French Dip, with disappointingly few onions, and Swiss cheese melted on top. Yes, I repeat, Swiss cheese! What kind of idiot thought it would be a good idea to try TGIFriday’s French Onion Soup? Me, because I am such a stupid hick I thought TGIFriday’s might be better than fast food. I was wrong! Don’t make the same mistake. Arby’s is a better choice.

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