A group of eight Iowa Republican legislators has introduced a bill that defines all abortion as “murder,” sending women and doctors to jail even in cases of rape or incest, and even if the abortion involves nothing more than a single-celled zygote.
Really! That’s what they actually said.
Iowa Republican Rep. Tom Shaw
State Rep. Tom Shaw says that he authored House File 138 to protect human life, whether “you’re a zygote, an infant, a teenager or an adult.”
The bill defines a “person” as “an individual human being, without regard to age of development, from the moment of conception, when a zygote is formed, until natural death.”
“Murder includes killing another person through any means that terminates the life of the other person including but not limited to the use of abortion-inducing drugs,” the measure states without making any exceptions for rape or incest.
Republican state Rep. Rob Bacon, who is co-sponsoring the bill, told the Ames Tribune that he wanted to “protect the life of the unborn” because “[t]here’s still some of us that believe life begins at conception.”
During a Wednesday interview with Denver Bible Church pastor Bob Enyart, Shaw explained that defining a fertilized egg as a “person” in Iowa’s murder statute “just simplifies everything.”
And forget about that “Republican rebranding” smokescreen; Rep. Rob Bacon isn’t having any of it.
Iowa Republican Rep. Rob Bacon
Bacon concedes the bill has no chance of becoming law. The bill was sent to the judiciary committee, of which Wessel-Kroeschell is a member. She said it could make it out of that committee but would never become law.
“It will never be brought up in the Senate, we know that,” Bacon said.
Despite that, Bacon felt it was important to send a message that some Republicans remain committed to ending legal abortions.
Bacon knows there are those that will question backing a lightning rod bill, especially one doomed from the outset. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, while speaking at the Republican National Committee meeting two weeks ago, said the GOP has to “stop being the stupid party.” He referenced candidates that “damaged” the party with “bizarre and offensive comments” like Senate candidates Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana who advocated for banning abortion in the case of rape or incest.
Republicans lost badly nationally in November’s election, and lost ground in the Iowa House.
“I know where Bobby’s at with this. I’ve felt long and hard after the last election that we need to change our message,” Bacon said. “Within our party, we’re going to differ on social issues. One of them is the right to life. There are some who say that we need to ease up on this because it’s not winning us anything. My thought is we can’t let this drop. Even if I’m in here screaming to empty walls, I will always be a voice for the unborn.”
Iowa Republican caveman Steve King weighed in the Benghazi fake scandal today; he says he has no idea what took place, or who did what, but he does know it’s 10 times worse than Watergate and Iran-Contra put together.
‘I believe that it’s a lot bigger than Watergate, and if you link Watergate and Iran-Contra together and multiply it times maybe 10 or so, you’re going to get in the zone where Benghazi is,’ Mr. King said. ‘I don’t think the public has any idea, and I tell you, I don’t either, of the chronology of the events — what took place, and who was where doing what and why. And all the way down through — we still haven’t seen an autopsy report on the ambassador yet. Simple questions that you would ask in the first 24 hours have not been asked yet.’
There you have it — a clear statement of the utter derangement of the GOP. This isn’t government, it’s a pathetic circus, and Steve King is one of the clowns.
The religious right is beginning to feel like they were used and discarded: Social Conservatives Say They Deserve Seat at Table in Retooled GOP.
“If you have a party that says not to talk about social issues, it’s going to be awfully hard to convince an electorate of why we should celebrate life,” said Bob Vander Plaats, the evangelical leader in Iowa who played an influential role in that state’s caucuses earlier this year.
Yes, because without blue-nosed theocratic fanatics like Bob Vander Plaats telling them how to think, no American would ever celebrate life.
Here’s a very revealing video of Mitt Romney totally losing his cool in a radio interview at Iowa’s WHO 1040, when asked to comment on his Mormon faith’s position on abortion and women’s rights. Note that the interviewer, Jan Mickelson, actually seems to be on Romney’s side, but Romney rants at him as if he were an enemy.
Correction: this video was not recorded recently, but in August of 2007. This doesn’t change its relevance though; the Mormon position on abortion, the subject that got Romney all worked up, is just as much of a sore point today.
Iowa Rep. Steve King, who appeared on a panel discussion with white supremacists at the last CPAC convention, is in the news today for saying something every bit as stupid and hateful as Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments.
King says he didn’t want to give his thoughts on Akin’s comment because he wasn’t sure of the context of the remark. He did, however, say he supports Akin’s character.
“Todd Akin is a strong Christian man, with a wonderful family,” King said.
That’s how Congressman King sees Todd Akin. But Akin’s comment about rape had both Democrats and Republicans asking him to drop out of the Missouri Senate race on Monday.
Akin told a reporter that pregnancies from rape are “really rare” and suggested rape victims are less likely to get pregnant. …
King supports the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” It would ban Federal funding of abortions except in cases of forcible rape. Right now, Medicaid also covers abortions for victims of statutory rape or incest - for example, a 12 year old who gets pregnant.
Congressman King says he’s not aware of any young victims like that.
“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter,” he said.
The GOP should just change its name to the Caveman Party.
In Iowa, the Republican Party has been trying for months to ban Medicaid funding for abortions in the case of rape or incest. Yes, the GOP wants to deny Medicaid assistance to those who arguably need it most — low-income women who’ve been raped.
They want to victimize these women all over again.
This inhuman misogynistic right wing agenda was even too extreme for Republican Governor Terry Branstad: Branstad Denies Iowa GOP Request to Ban Medicaid Funding for Rape Victims.
The Iowa GOP’s attempt to prevent low-income victims of rape from obtaining a Medicaid-funded abortion has once more been rejected, this time by the governor’s office itself.
Last session, anti-choice lawmakers in the statehouse held the yearly budget hostage in an attempt to ban federal funding of abortion for rape victims who qualify. After failing in session, they took a new approach and filed a petition to end the funding.
Now that approach has failed, too.
Iowa Department of Human Services director Charles Palmer sent a letter to the House Republicans who made the request. Palmer said he respected their “deep feelings” on the issue,” but had to reject their attempt to force his agency to eliminate Medicaid funding of abortions in cases of rape or incest.
Palmer said such a move would “violate federal funding requirements” and would “jeopardize all” the money the State of Iowa gets from the federal government to cover Medicaid expenses. House Republicans had argued Iowa would only lose $6 million, but Palmer concluded over $2.1 billion in federal funding would be in jeopardy if he had granted the request.
Words cannot express my disgust with the Republican Party.