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Although Congress has been in session for 280 days and Americans are desperate for them to take up legislation that will get the economy moving, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is focused on one thing: Abortion.

Yesterday, Republicans passed the “Protect Life Act” aimed at—once again—prohibiting federal funding for abortion. Although federal money cannot be used to pay for abortions under existing law, yesterday’s bill would doubly restrict funding, and to the horror of many women, it goes a step further.

The “Protect Life Act,” which are many calling the “Let Women Die Act,” would not only make it illegal for women to use government subsidies to purchase insurance that includes abortion coverage (even if women paid for an abortion themselves), it would also allow hospitals to refuse to treat pregnant women seeking emergency abortions, even if their lives are at stake.

During the discussion of the bill, House Democrats–led by Representative Jackie Speier of California—chided Republicans for their disastrous proposal. Rep. Speier, who previously shared her experience getting a life-saving abortion, once again argued that the latest anti-abortion bill was not only unnecessary, but also misogynistic.

Rep. Speier said: “What my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are attempting to do is misogynist. It is absolutely misogynist.”

“This bill goes to the farthest extreme in trying to take women down, not just a peg, but to take in shackles to some cave somewhere,” Speier said. “Basically what this bill would do is say that any hospital could decline to provide services to one class of people in this country, and that one class of people are pregnant women.”

Since taking control of the House, Republicans have introduced 10 bills pertaining to abortion; however, they have yet to take up one jobs bill. Not one.

Although Republicans chided President Obama for the country’s dismal jobs numbers, and chanted “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” since rising to power in the 2010 midterm elections they have yet to tackle the economy, but rather have focused on social issues such as defunding Planned Parenthood, passing abortion bills that have no chance of becoming law, and preventing a millionaire’s surtax.

Despite the overwhelming majority of the country imploring Congress to pass jobs legislation, they have decided against it. After the President introduced his jobs bill—which borrowed popular ideas from both Republicans and Democrats—the GOP shot it down. Despite 62% of the country being in favor of President Obama’s bill, and 14 million people out of work, Republicans said no to jobs.

Yesterday, I tweeted Speaker John Boehner and asked what many have been wondering: Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs?!

Predictably, he didn’t respond, but his silence, and his Republican counterparts’ inactivity on the issue, speaks volumes. While it seems counterproductive to continue to allow the economy to tank, I’m beginning to buy into the idea that Congressional Republicans are trying to sabotage our nation’s economy on purpose.

Why else would Republicans completely ignore the American people’s call to act on jobs? Why would they turn down a payroll tax cut that many economists say would encourage hiring? Why would they turn down billions in infrastructure spending that would put many of their constituents back to work?

Two words: Barack Obama.

When the President was elected, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the “single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” And there you have it.

Republicans don’t seem to be interested in deficit spending, because if they were, they would have stopped Pres. Bush years ago. Despite their rhetoric, they aren’t really about limiting the size of government, because if that were true they would keep their hands off of our wombs. And it’s becoming increasing clear they are not concerned with putting Americans back to work, because if that were so, they would pass the damn bill, or really roll up their sleeves and work with Democrats to create a piece of legislation both sides can live with.

No. Republicans want to defeat President Obama and they are willing to hold our futures and our wombs hostage in order to do so.

 

Do you think Republicans are trying to sabotage the economy on purpose? Why do you think they are focusing on abortions and not jobs? 

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  • Elle

    To be honest, this is so one sided that I could scarcely call it journalism. Women need to respect their bodies by realizing that the repercussion of unprotected sex is pregnancy and if you’re not in a position to deal with the consequences in a humane way, maybe abstinence is the best option. What women today see as sexual freedom is really only freedom for men that leaves women asking themselves “is it to soon for sex” “will he still be interested in me after” “if I hold out, will he lose interest”. Having a baby is not like getting a tattoo. It effects another life. As far as life saving abortions go, I can’t understand why anyone would prohibit that, but honestly, the government on BOTH sides makes incomprehensible decisions all the time. These are politicians. But the fact that this story is so unprofessional and rhetorical disappoints me. Journalists (on both sides) should genuinely want to seek truth, learn, and get the whole story. be fair.

    • Elle,

      Thank you for reading and responding.

      A few things:

      a. This isn’t “journalism,” it’s an opinion piece, which is common place in almost any publication (i.e. the NY Times Op-Eds).

      b. This bill is not just aimed at women who don’t respect themselves (in your opinion). It’s aimed at ALL women–single, married, divorced, etc.–and can leave ANY of us dead on an emergency room floor.

      Just like Congresswoman Speier said in the House, she had to undergo an abortion for a child she & her husband wanted because her life was in danger. This bill would allow hospitals to refuse EMERGENCY abortion treatment to a woman (even when their lives are at risk) simply because they don’t believe in abortion AND (unlike current law), they wouldn’t have to transfer the woman to another hospital that WOULD do the procedure. They’d simply be able to allow her to die because they didn’t believe in abortion. How is that far?

      I say all this to say…again…WHERE IS THE JOBS BILL?

      We can debate about abortion until the cows come home, but in the meantime, people are unemployed by the millions and our economy sucks. Congress doesn’t seem to be interested in that AT ALL.

      Why not?

    • Elle

      Britni,

      Thank you for responding to me, but I don’t think you fully read my comment.

      “As far as life saving abortions go, I can’t understand why anyone would prohibit that,”

      Those are my words. “Life-saving abortions” are a completely different situation which I would think anyone would understand. It’s simply the fact that Rhetorical phrases such as “keep your hands off my womb” or suggesting that republicans have some obsession with hurting women are misleading and out of order. Pro-lifers aren’t concerned with defiling womanhood. I’m only trying to point out that while you target republicans for being unfocused on creating jobs, I think it’s more than fair to share the blame with Democrats. It’s obvious that America is unhappy with both parties. Despite what congress is or isn’t doing, I think the President should attempt to unite the country instead of crossing his arms and hatefully blaming republicans.

      Why won’t he?

  • Rhuebekah

    apples and oranges…