Republican War on Women Comes to Wisconsin

Republican War on Women Comes to Wisconsin April 11, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin may not have much time left in office. He faces a recall election on June 5th and the polls show that he is likely to be voted out, primarily because of his attacks on collective bargaining rights. But he’s using the time he has left to bring the Republican war on women to his state. AP reports that Walker signed more than 50 bills last week, including these:

– A ban on abortion coverage in policies obtained through a health insurance exchange, set to be created under the federal health care reform law starting in 2014. The only exceptions would be in cases of rape, incest or medical necessity.

– A woman seeking an abortion must undergo an exam and consult with a doctor alone, away from her friends and family. The doctor must determine whether someone is pressuring the woman into the procedure. Doctors who break the law could be charged with a felony.

– Teachers in schools that offer sex education must stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Declares that sex education teachers do not have to address contraception. That’s a dramatic shift from current state law, which requires teachers to instruct students on birth control options.

There’s that usual contradiction in the right’s bizarre public views on reproductive rights — they’re against abortion but also against teaching about contraception, which does more to prevent abortion than anything else possibly could. Because, as I keep saying, the goal is not to stop abortions; the goal is to roll back women’s rights a few decades and eliminate all control over their reproduction. Because God, and his self-declared representatives, should decide whether a woman has a baby, not her.


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  • laurentweppe

    the goal is to roll back women’s rights a few decades and eliminate all control over their reproduction. Because God, and his self-declared representatives, should decide whether a woman has a baby, not her.

    This is incorrect. The goal is to roll back poor women’s rights a few decades and eliminate all control over their reproduction. because sex should remain a privilege for the upper-class

  • John Hinkle

    Walker signed more than 50 bills last week…

    What remarkable productivity. It’s almost like he’s afraid his ass is going to get handed to him.

  • d cwilson

    the goal is to roll back women’s rights a few decades and eliminate all control over their reproduction.

    The goal is also to keep provoking court challenges in the law in the hopes that one day soon, they’ll have the five votes they need to get Roe v. Wade overturned. It’s the same strategy the creationists are employing with their “teach the controversy” bills.

  • Ellie

    Walker also repealed Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act because as Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman said, money is more important for men than for women. I’m sorry that’s only a paraphrase. I don’t have the exact quote in from of me.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Teachers in schools that offer sex education must stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy

    Cue the screams about Christian persecution. That a virgin can become pregnant is central to Christian theology. Why does Walker hat Christianity?

  • cottonnero

    Grothman’s Don Draper-esque comments were from an interview with the Daily Beast.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/07/wisconsin-s-repeal-of-equal-pay-rights-adds-to-battles-for-women.html

    Money quote is third graf from the bottom.

  • d cwilson

    cottonnero @6: Wow, that article is a treasure-trove of “Holy shit! Doesn’t he know that Man Men is set in the past” kind of quotes.

    The best part is that he cites Ann Coulter as the expect on wage discrimination but dismisses actual research conducted on the issue because it came from a “pretty liberal group”.

  • It’s not quite that simple. They really do want to stop abortions, but they also have religious strictures that compel them to use… inefficient means. Thanks to their preconceptions, they tend to drastically underestimate the effectiveness of contraception, because they don’t want it to work.

    The practical difference is small, unfortunately. But they misunderstand our motivations so often, we should try not to make the same mistake.

  • wpjoe

    Also note that the WI sex-ed law also prevents health professionals from participating in sex-ed in WI schools. Previously, physicians, nurses, etc. would volunteer to help provide accurate information in these classes. Now that is illegal.

    From the bill

    “Under current law, a volunteer health care provider (provider) may apply to the Department of Administration to be permitted to provide health care services without charge in a school or nonprofit agency. … “Volunteer health care provider” is defined under current law as a physician, dentist or dental hygienist, registered nurse, practical nurse, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, optometrist, physician assistant, or dietitian who receives no income from the practice of that health care profession or who receives no income from the practice

    of that health care profession when providing services at the school. Under current law, the provider may provide instruction in human growth and development if the instructional program complies with the requirements above. This bill prevents a

    provider from providing instruction in human growth and development. ”

    Link ( http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/proposals/sb237 )

    Clearly, the republicans don’t want our children to get accurate sex-ed information.

  • dean

    Haven’t heard if they’re following Arizona’s attempt.

    As part of attempts to draft a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, lawmakers

    seek to legislate pregnancy as beginning at the first day of a woman’s period.

    http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/04/01/arizona-legislators-trying-to-declare-pregnancy-two-weeks-prior-to-conception

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Walker signed more than 50 bills last week…

    What remarkable productivity.

    He had help. Both chambers of the state legislature are also overrun with wingnuts. A lot of people in Wisconsin voted badly, or not at all in 2010.

  • What the fuck happened to my state? It used to be such a nice progressive state. When did we as a state collective look at Indiana or Oklahoma and think to ourselves, “Now there are some people who know what they are doing!”

  • Teachers in schools that offer sex education must stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy

    They left out an option! If you have sex with a woman who is already pregnant then you are guaranteed not to get her pregnant!

  • They left out an option! If you have sex with a woman who is already pregnant then you are guaranteed not to get her pregnant!

    Or gay sex. That too is a sure way to prevent pregnancy, and the kids must know about it.

  • daved

    Oral sex prevents pregnancy, too, but I doubt we’ll see any requirements for teachers to advocate it.

  • “seek to legislate pregnancy as beginning at the first day of a woman’s period.”

    This is protesting about the wrong bit of the bill.

    You’ve heard that human gestation is 40 weeks? That’s counting from the first day of the last menstrual period. This is the standard way to describe the length of a pregnancy.

    It would be surprising if the bill used any other starting point.

    There’s so much wrong with the bill, one shouldn’t waste time attacking something that isn’t wrong.

  • baal

    Doctors who break the law could be charged with a felony.

    ^this

    If they can’t shoot all of them, at least they can trump up a fake patient, lie about the mandatory words from a doctors mouth and then prosecute them. Docs are more than smart enough to know that this will happen or will be once it’s done the first time. They’d have to start video taping patent counseling sessions or give up the providing service.

  • kagekiri

    @Ray Ingles

    It’s not quite that simple. They really do want to stop abortions, but they also have religious strictures that compel them to use… inefficient means. Thanks to their preconceptions, they tend to drastically underestimate the effectiveness of contraception, because they don’t want it to work.

    The practical difference is small, unfortunately. But they misunderstand our motivations so often, we should try not to make the same mistake.

    I concur that some really do believe abortion is murder; I’ve seen people at my old church weeping over the deaths of these “children”. But I’m not sure they’ve got the picture from the Bible as much as the pulpit.

    If they were really working from the Bible’s word on the matter, well, God actually curses people with miscarriages and by killing even born babies (like the story of David and Bathsheba, where their son is killed by God as punishment for David’s adulterous murder).

    In Numbers 5, women accused of adultery are told to drink cursed water that causes miscarriages and infertility if they were adulterous, so God kills their fetuses too. God doesn’t like babies or fetuses that are the result of adultery in general.

    He doesn’t even like apparently evil idol-worshiping babies: God doesn’t spare any in all of the Israelites’ God-ordained massacres of the Old Testament, because God specifically commands them not to spare pregnant women or babies, only occasionally letting them take sex slaves who are virgin girls.

    In the Flood, God kills all children and fetuses; because Noah’s family has no grandkids, only adults, God is literally killing every young person and infant and fetus living on earth at that point. So God thinks they’re fully worthy of death even at that age. No idea what they could possibly be held culpable for, considering God created them in their situations and they don’t have the mental capacity to do much yeah, but God just doesn’t care. They were born in the wrong place (thanks to God) at the wrong time (God’s timing), so they must deserve it (because, hey, God is just, right?).

    Babies have been brutally allowed to be murdered in God’s name, like when God basically saves toddler Jesus but lets all the other children his age in the area get killed by Herod’s soldiers, or does a similar thing with only getting Moses out of the population control massacres by the Egyptians.

    So if they’re actually being consistent about the rights of fetuses (or even babies) and whether they should be killed according to God and the Bible…well, they really shouldn’t care. More likely, the God of the Bible would encourage it for fetuses conceived out of wedlock or to non-Christian parents.

  • Living 5 minutes from WI we get a lot of news about Walker here. He is a jackass. Plain and simple. The only potential good news to this shameful story is that once Walker is booted out, hopefully some of these policies can and will be overturned…here’s hoping.

    I struggle to see how any woman could vote for a GOP candidate right now. Their attack on women is relentless.

  • dean

    “This is protesting about the wrong bit of the bill.”

    I don’t think so. You are correct that the entire bill sucks, but the time starting as stated is a medical aid. The sole reason it is referenced in the bill is not a scientific one: the backers’ goal is to ban abortions past 20 weeks, and the only reason they are including this counting in the work is that it makes the 20 week cutoff come earlier in a woman’s pregnancy (I am sure you knew that: I just wanted to mention why it jumped out at me). In short, it seems to me to be an extra sleazy move.

  • Aliasalpha

    Teachers in schools that offer sex education must stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases

    And the only sure way to secure a computer is to unplug it from the network entirely. Why was I never taught that in any of my IT classes???

  • dingojack

    kagekiri (#18) –

    “… [David and Bathsheba’s] son is killed by God as punishment for David’s adulterous murder‘.

    [Emphasis mine]

    What, David was murdered by someone other than his wife? 😉

    Dingo

    —–

    PS: For those of you who are interested, Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite. David saw her washing herself and wanted her so he arranged for her husband to get killed during the war that was going on.

    Then David slept with her and she got pregnant. God was pretty pissed by David’s treachery so he killed David and Bathshseba’s baby in infancy (yet another example of his monstrous immorality).

    David then slept with Bethshaba again (what’s that definition of insanity again?) and god allowed this kid, Solomon, to live (clearly, god has Altzheimer’s).

    See 2 Samuel, chapters 11 & 12 for details

  • Reginald Selkirk

    No Ed, you’re mistaken. It’s Obama who is waging the “real war on women.”

    .

    Says Romney.

  • Reginald Selkirk