Republicans who claim to be against regulations, now suddenly this year, these same politicians want to Lord over the all powerful evil vagina. Michigan has just introduced an extremely restrictive and invasive anti-abortion bill called, “super-bill” which is packed full of regulations. What’s particularly damaging is that it would impact lower income wage earners. So, the rich can ‘go away’ to magically become ‘unpregnant’ while the poor will have to endure giving birth, possibly as the consequence of a rapist’s violent assault.
Republican Representative Bruce Rendon introduced HB 5711, a piece of legislation that takes every attack on women’s health in Michigan and combines them into the greatest assault on reproductive rights in Michigan history.
ACLU notes, “These bills endanger nearly all aspects of reproductive health care by targeting doctors and creating expensive regulations in the hopes of shutting down health centers that provide abortion services. Here’s a breakdown of just what this bill includes:
Requiring politics, not medicine, in the examination room
Preventing women in rural areas from accessing care
Burdening abortion providers with new and expensive regulations
Also, if a woman has a miscarriage, this bill will mess the female’s head up for life.
But hey, that’s cool, right?
RH Reality Check reports:
And a bill that would create new regulations on the disposal of fetal remains has been criticized for the potential trauma it would cause for women experiencing miscarriage. But Rendon’s HB 5711 is the first bill in the state to roll so many abortion restrictions into one package, threatening to create in one fell swoop serious barriers for both women in need of abortion care and abortion providers. Packaged with the bill, HB 5713 sets forth sentencing guidelines for violations of the new regulations, and also includes a prohibition on all abortions after 20 weeks in all cases except when it is necessary to save a life.
several TRAP laws including new liability insurance requirements for abortion providers, the regulation of abortion clinics as surgical facilities, and new restrictions on the disposal of fetal remains. The bill would also require the presence of a physician for medication abortion — a particularly damaging regulation in a state where 82 percent of counties have no abortion provider, and many women in rural areas rely on the safe and effective tele-med prescription of medical abortion.
The bill is running through the legislative process at lightening speed, more than previous anti-choice bills. Forget working on the economy, jobs, the housing market, let’s talk about how men should regulate vaginas for another freaking year. The bill was introduced in May 31st, on the anniversary of Dr. Tiller’s assassination.
HB 4799 will impose fines ”on husbands who threaten their wives with divorce unless they abort a pregnancy, or on parents who similarly threaten the withdrawal of financial support. Fines for attempting to coerce a woman into having an abortion would be up to $5000, or up to $10,000 if the woman is a minor or if the perpetrator of the coercion is the father of the fetus in question.”
“Since January 2011, 566 bills have been passed by the House. Of those, 546 of them, 96.5% were passed under “immediate effect”.
RNC Chairman Rance Priebus said that the perception that Republicans are waging a war on women is as absurd as declaring that they have declared a “war on caterpillars.”
I beg to differ. Only 5 votes just opposed this bill and now it’s going to the Committee. Slam dunk. Republicans are saying, “All your vaginas are belong to us.”
H/T: My friends at Fight Laws Against Women.
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