June 1st, 2012
Curtailing women’s reproductive rights was already the cornerstone of the GOP’s minority rights policy, and is now, since yesterday, the core of the GOP’s women’s rights policy. Why not also make it the cornerstone of the GOP’s jobs program?“Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policy of slavery.” –- Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) in 2010 “A minority baby is currently five times more likely to be aborted than a white baby, and nearly half of all black babies’ are aborted, with over 70 percent of abortion clinics being located in predominantly minority neighborhoods.” –- Rep. Franks press release issued Feb. 16 after passage of Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act by the House Judiciary Committee “Sex selection is violence against women and it is the truest kind of war against women.” –- gender-selection anti-abortion bill sponsor Rep. Franks Wednesday on the House floor “By restricting reproductive rights, we are really creating jobs. How can those babies grow up and get a job if we don’t make sure they’re born?” -– Rep. Franks tomorrow?
Congressman Trent Franks is the GOP’s voice
On the importance of eliminating choice.
He and his fellow Republicans believe so strongly in protecting minorities
That restricting minority women’s choice has been one of their highest priorities.
Now, they’re trying to expand that protection
By taking the War on Women in a whole new direction.
Yesterday, House Republicans spent most of the day
Trying anti-choice laws as defense of women to portray.
“Sex-selective abortion is the real war on women,” they proclaimed,
“And Obama is naturally the one to be blamed.”
“We, not Dems, are the ones on women’s side–
It’s for women’s own good that their rights must be denied.”
Today, Republicans returned to their nominal focus on employment,
About the morning’s bad jobs report revealing obvious enjoyment.
“They should have taken our advice,” Speaker Boehner said,
Then America would have been sitting pretty instead.
(Never mind that his criticism is a little underhanded,
Since Obama extended Bush tax cuts for the rich, as Republicans demanded.)
I predict Republicans are on the verge of a bold new jobs plan,
Building on the “we protect woman” meme which they with PRENDA began.
The natural evolution of “I’m protecting women by keeping them from being aborted”
Is only one small step from being further expanded (and distorted).
Protecting the unborn, as anyone can see,
Will become the core of a new jobs program for the GOP.
After all, as Republicans will soon start to warn,
A person can’t get a job if they aren’t ever born.
Given this new abortion-jobs link, it also figures,
The GOP will start counting abortions in unemployment figures.
With this pro-minority, pro-woman, and pro-jobs veneer, their image to soften,
Republicans can now be even more anti-reproductive rights even more often.
Here’s Rachel’s 6/01/12 report on the GOP jobs/abortion nexus. Rachel, I think you’ve unintentionally hit on a new evolutionary leap in GOP jobs policy.
Here’s Ed’s 6/01/12 report on the bad jobs report and Republicans’ rejoicing therein (Boehner’s comment is at the 2” mark).
Here’s Lawrence’s 5/31/12 report on the gender-specific abortion bill the House considered yesterday, including video of more protestations against the “real War on Women” from Republicans. Like I said in my Twitter feed, this law, though impossible to enforce, would be yet another excuse to launch investigations of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The bill failed…for now.
Tags: abortion, Civil rights, Ed Schultz, hypocrisy, jobs, John Boehner, Lawrence O'Donnell, Predictions, Rachel Maddow, Reproductive rights, Republicans, Trent Franks, Unemployment, Women’s rights
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