Abortion Rights are about to go down the proverbial toilet, and here’s why: Every Republican who was elected to the Senate last week is anti-abortion.
Meet the new anti-abortion extremists:
But first, the definition of extreme: (of a person or their opinions) advocating severe or drastic measures; far from moderate, especially politically.
Synonyms: radical, immoderate, fanatical, revolutionary, rebel, subversive, militant.
CORY GARDNER – COLORADO – A U.S. House Representative, now Senator-elect, who beat incumbent Mark Udall. Gardner voted for H.R.1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization (currently a minimum of 24 weeks under Roe v Wade.) He also co-sponsored H.R. 1091, known formally as Life at Concept Act, and informally as a personhood bill. The personhood bill says, “‘human person’ and ‘human being’ include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
In other words, fertilized egg = person; ergo, abortion = murder.
TOM COTTON – ARKANSAS –Currently a U.S. House Representative, now Senator-elect. Also voted for HR1797, and also cosponsored H.R. 1091. His extreme views include personhood of the fertilized egg, which would prohibit the morning-after pill; opposition to the violence against women act; religious opt-outs for insurance coverage of family planning, and opposition to health and welfare programs of immense importance to women.
STEVE DAINES – MONTANA – Also a Republican member of the U.S. House, elected in 2012, now the Senator-elect for Montana. Ditto on supporting the above bills. In his first days as a Congressman, Daines co-sponsored legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that receive federal funding and provide contraceptive services. He worked to overturn Roe v. Wade, and called for a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion even for cases of rape or incest.
Daines is extreme. Extremely extreme.
TOM TILLIS – NORTH CAROLINA – Currently the Republican Speaker of the NC House of Representatives. Beat pro-choice incumbent Kay Hagan and is now Senator-elect for North Carolina.
Tillis opposes safe and legal abortion, and believes states have the right to restrict access to birth control. He supports personhood initiatives, and supported NC state efforts that blocked Planned Parenthood from receiving funding. In 2011, he championed the medically unnecessary, mandatory ultrasound bill alongside extreme anti-women’s health groups. Under his leadership as Speaker of the House, the NC legislature passed a number of measures, including:
Ethan’s Law, recognizing unborn children as victims of violent crime;
Prohibition of NC taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage of abortion;
Health &Safety Law, of which one provision is opting NC out of abortion coverage in the ACA, and another is prohibiting abortions from being covered in city and county health care plans.
And now Tillis will carpetbag his extreme anti-abortion agenda to Washington.
MARION MICHAEL “MIKE” ROUNDS – SOUTH DAKOTA – Served as Governor of South Dakota from 2003-2011, now Senator-elect to Congress. On February 22, 2006, the SD state legislature passed an act banning all medical abortions except those necessary to save the mother’s life. Rounds signed the act on March 6, 2006, and it was to have taken effect on July 1, 2006. It did not take effect because of a court challenge, and was later repealed by voters (in this deeply-red state) on November 7, 2006. ROUNDS doubled down, and on November 26, 2006, signed into law the nation’s most sweeping state abortion ban, an intentional provocation meant to set up a direct legal challenge to Roe v. Wade.
Now he has a chance to wield his anti-abortion club in the Republican-majority U.S. Senate.
SHELLY MOORE CAPITO – WEST VIRGINIA – Another U.S. House Representative who will be taking her place in the Senate. Capito also voted for H.R.1797, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. But based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Capito is a more moderate-right-of-center Republican Party vote. She may break with the Republican Party line more than her fellow members, but that break from Party line is unlikely to happen on any issue regarding abortion.
JONI ERNST – IOWA – Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, now the Senator-elect for Iowa. In April 2013, Ernst joined 20 other Iowa state senators in sponsoring personhood legislation. Fortunately, it did not even come to a vote in the Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate. Had it passed, the measure would have amended the state Constitution to legally define someone as a “person” at conception. Iowa state senate Democrats earlier had defeated an amendment that would have banned Medicaid-funded abortions, even in the case of rape, incest or fetal deformity. At a Republican Senator primary debate last May, she said if a personhood bill passes (in Congress) she thinks abortion providers “should be punished.”
DAN SULLIVAN – ALASKA – Today, November 12, 2014, Republican Dan Sullivan was declared the winner of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, defeating first-term incumbent Democrat Mark Begich and adding to GOP’s U.S. Senate sweep. Sullivan most recently served as Alaska’s Attorney General, then as its natural resources commissioner. Throughout his campaign for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat, Sullivan was so slippery on women’s health issues, dodging questions left and right, that he earned himself the honor of his very own hashtag: #SlipperySullivan. His stance, however, was clearly stated on his campaign website: “Life begins at conception and we must fight to protect the lives of the unborn.”
So there you have it, folks. Eight incoming Republican U.S. Senators, all of whom oppose a woman’s right to choose; Republicans Senators who support a personhood amendment to the Constitution of the United States; Senators who would punish abortion providers, cut funding for any organization that provides abortion or abortion counseling, and—at their most extreme—jail women who miscarry because they are murderers. These particular laws have been floated under the titles “Criminal Miscarriage” and “Prenatal Murder.”
And if that is not the very definition of extreme, then I honestly can’t say what is.