The 'fetal pain' bill: not about science, and not about civil rights

June 19, 2013
By Seth Maloney | 0 comments

It's no secret that the GOP is still fighting Roe v. Wade 40 years later. 

From: NBC News

So it should come as no surprise that they decided to blow $2 million tax-payer dollars on a symbolic vote to further restrict a woman's right to choose. 

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) sponsored the bill, and it resembles the recent string of legislative battles that have taken place in a dozen different states. The bill would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, passed on very clear party lines. What's more, the bill passed out of an all-male committee. 

It's a man's world

One of the fights that came out of this bill was a GOP attempt to, once again, redefine rape and would force women to report a rape to the authorities. The bill originally didn't even have a rape or incest exception, and after a debate in which Republicans argued against an amendment, the public outcry resulted in them quietly adding one (and to have a key-sponsor of the bill take his name off of it in outrage - he was one of the 6 Republicans to vote against it, too)

This cannot be real life

You won't believe where the justifications of this are coming from. One Republican believes that, because a fetus was rocking back and forth in the womb, that it was masturbating and feeling pleasure. And, therefore, it can feel pain.

Just. What? Rachel Maddow breaks it down for us...

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Okay maybe it is real life. But it doesn't end there. The GOP's longstanding effort to rebrand itself and appeal to kids may actually have played a role in Congressman Burgess' fetal masturbation theory. No one wants this to be true, but it's hard to escape reality. 

At the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference, one panel dedicated time to making the GOP accessible to millenials. No, they weren't going to try and do it by softening their stances, like this College Republicans report suggested. Instead they were going to add humor and sarcasm to the debate. 

Essentially, they want to make abortion funny. 

So far the push by the GOP to restrict a woman's right to choose has been the most popular policy objective they've had to work with, and their ridiculous attempts to shape the debate have hit a wall. There's no way this legislation will pass congress, and no way that they can push this on the people from Washington. 

There's a hashtag on Twitter we like for moments like this: #GoodbyeGOP

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