House Introduces Abortion Ban On First Day In Session
January 7, 2015

So this is how Republicans plan to "work with Democrats" to get stuff done? Ramp up the culture wars boys, because bipartisanship!

New Congress, new abortion ban.

On Tuesday, the very first day of the 114th Congress, two lawmakers introduced a measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks, in direct violation of the protections afforded under Roe v. Wade. Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) reintroduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the same legislation that successfullypassed the House last year.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — who introduced a companion 20-week abortion ban in the Senate last year that was stalled by Democratic leadership — has already indicated that he plans to re-introduce his own measure in the next few weeks, too. Now that the Senate is GOP-controlled, Republicans are anticipating that they’ll have enough support to pass the ban in both chambers this year, helping the anti-choice community gain momentum for this particular tactic to limit reproductive rights.

“In a Republican Senate, under my leadership, we would have the kind of real debate on the issues that the American people want,” Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the audience at the National Right to Life Conference in the fall. “For six years, the president has been isolated from this growing movement. He will be forced to listen to the cause that’s brought us all here this morning.”

Here's the "real debate" I and many others want. We want the debate where we talk about what it means to force birth on women and then abandon them to the whims of conservatives who want to deny them and their children food, health care, job training, and even the most basic needs to survive.

Until conservatives own the fact that they love the fetus and despise the child, particularly the little black and brown children, there is no debate to be had.

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