The fanatical Republican men in the House of Representatives faced a revolt from their own female members today, and backed down on a horrible Personhood-inspired anti-abortion bill at the last minute.
House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to hold votes on an anti-abortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.
In recent days, as many as two dozen Republicans had raised concerns with the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” that would ban abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Sponsors said that exceptions would be allowed for a woman who is raped, but she could only get the abortion after reporting the rape to law enforcement.
A vote had been scheduled for Thursday to coincide with the annual March for Life, a gathering that brings hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion activists to Washington to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Republican leaders dropped those plans late Wednesday amid ongoing disagreements with a bloc of lawmakers, led by Reps. Rene Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who were elected in the 2010 tea party wave.
I wonder if they invoked the Lysistrata Option?
Republican leaders love to say there’s no “war on women,” but hey — when even your own Republican female Representatives are freaking out over a crappy piece of legislation you tried to sneak through that would cause untold harm to women all over the country, then this, my friends, is a serious War on Women’s rights. And I won’t be intimidated out of calling it that.