The Party of Fiscal Responsibility Doesn’t Mind Ramping Up Costly Attacks on Abortion

Apparently, when it comes to prioritizing fiscal responsibility or legislating conservative religious morality, the Republican party is less fiscally conservative than one might hope.

Writing for Think Progress, Tara Culp-Ressler notes that states have introduced more than one hundred bills so far this year to further regulate abortion, with more coming every day. (And that number was as of last week.)



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West Virginia Legislator Defends Abortion Restrictions Since Children Born of Rape Are “Beautiful”

When you have to defend your stance against legal abortion, it inevitably forces you to say really stupid things, because there’s just no decent way to explain why a woman who’s been raped should be forced to give birth to the child.

That didn’t stop West Virginia Delegate Brian Kurcaba (below) from giving it a shot, though.

Yesterday, while debating a bill that would ban legal abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Kurcaba (a Republican, of course) waded in with this stunning line, according to Charleston Gazette reporter David Gutman:



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GOP Congresswoman Doesn’t Support Anti-Abortion Bill, so Conservative Writer Wonders if She’s “Worthy of Life”

You may have heard that Republicans were aiming to vote for a 20-week abortion ban on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling. Some Republican Congresswomen took issue with the bill, particularly with the limited rape exception. The political repercussions, they feared, would be damaging to the party. Congressional leadership abandoned plans for the vote, and focused instead on H.R. 7, which

would prohibit insurance plans sold in the new health care exchanges from covering abortion, and it would eliminate tax benefits for small businesses that purchase insurance plans covering abortion. The bill would also prevent the District of Columbia from using its own locally raised funds to subsidize abortion care for low-income women.

That bill passed. Some pro-life and conservative voices are not at all happy, however, that the 20-week abortion ban was shelved. Their ire (and vitriol) has come to focus on the Republican congresswomen who voiced concerns with the bill. One of those targets is North Carolina congresswoman Renee Ellmers (below). Which is strange since, as Joan Walsh at Salon notes, Ellmers is hardly the archetype of a woman’s rights activist.



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Christian Pastor Says Aborted Fetuses Go to Hell and Wives Should Acquiesce to Sex Even if They Don’t Want To

I first heard about NYCpastor.com when I started seeing an article from the site, detailing what kind of women Christian men should avoid, making its rounds on social media. (Atheist, divorced, career, feminist, and travel-loving women are among those who will doubtless be relieved to know that they didn’t make the cut).

According to the site’s “about” page (no doubt built for the inevitable moment when readers wondered, “who are you, person who is so wise in the ways of women?”), NYC Pastor is the blog of Dr. Stephen Kim, pastor of Mustard Seed Church.

Since writing that illuminating piece, Dr. Kim has addressed a few other burning issues (like, do dead fetuses go to hell?) in a fashion so monstrous that he immediately outs himself as either one of the greatest Internet trolls of all time… or a fairly typical New Calvinist.

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Duck Dynasty‘s Lisa Robertson Says She’s Pro-Choice as Long as Other Women Choose to Never Have Abortions

I always notice when anti-abortion advocates talk about how, when they were pregnant, they chose to keep the child, and look how much better things are!

They fail to see the irony in their statement. They had a choice, and they’re happy with their choice, and they want to persuade others to choose the same thing… but if their choice is to have an abortion? Then the government needs to step in and stop them.

That’s the gist of the recent conversation between HuffPost Live‘s Nancy Redd and Duck Dynasty‘s Lisa Robertson:



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