Blumenthal Announces Bill to Overturn State Abortion Laws

Blumenthal Announces Bill to Overturn State Abortion Laws November 13, 2013


A small group of members of the United States Congress announced plans today to introduce a bill that sounds as if it would completely federalize abortion.

The proposed legislation, by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) is designed to override state regulations on abortion clinics. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA, Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) are backing the bill.

I know this is going to sound odd, but the thing that disgusts me about this the most is the title they’ve given the bill. They’re calling it the Women’s Health Protection Act. That really raises my feminist ire.

I am so sick of hearing abortion equated with “women’s health.” What, I ask you, about ovarian cancer? Or, rape? Or egg harvesting? How about sex-selected abortion?

Or … dare I say it? … unsafe, unclean abortion processing stations that call themselves clinics and that are run by doctors without hospital privileges who allow non-doctors to perform abortions and prescribe dangerous drugs without proper medical evaluation? How about outpatient surgical clinics — whose only surgery is abortion — that do not have the basic health and safety equipment that is required of every other outpatient surgical clinic?

It is so wonderful that members of the United States Congress want to spare women the egregious requirements of having doctors who are licensed and have hospital privileges and do the procedures themselves rather than farming them out to underlings. I think we need to start doing that for prostate surgery and gall-bladder surgery and appendectomies. Those are “routine” too. Let the nurse do the surgery and use doctors who can’t practice in a nearby hospital. Do it without proper medical equipment.

But wait. This is only women we want to spare the rigors of good medical care while they exercise their “right” to “women’s health” by having abortions.

If you ever wondered how someone like Kermit Gosnell was able to operate for so long, let me explain it you. This is how.

The Gosnells are protected by “abortion advocates” who oppose any and all regulations of abortion clinics.

Do they ever ask about the women who end up in clinics like Gosnells?

Or what about the women who have abortions performed by non-doctors, or who are prescribed RU-486 by a staffer with no ultrasound beforehand?

Bleeding to death from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy evidently doesn’t constitute a “women’s health” problem if the rupture was caused by an abortion drug. That’s what can happen when non-doctors prescribe these drugs without proper medical evaluation.

Why is it onerous to provide women with the same outpatient surgical care that the law requires for every other kind of surgery? Why is abortion so much more important that, ummmm, women’s health?

The emphasis on abortion at the cost of every other right, every other need and all safety precautions is not only demeaning to women, it endangers them. This proposed law is particularly egregious because it is a law against passing a law. When you read the language in the thing, it is not a statute that stands on its own. It is rather a proposal to codify limitations on what laws the states may consider.

That’s far-reaching and rather sinister. The idea has almost limitless applications that go far beyond abortion or any issue. It strikes to the heart of the notion of separation of powers in a federalist government. I expect more legislation by other members of Congress acting on behalf of special interest groups that attempts to shut down the states from enacting laws on all types of subjects, many of which will involve corporations and special interest money.

This particular piece of legislation will not become law for the simple reason that it will not get a hearing in the Republican dominated House of Representatives. However, it will be a campaign fundraiser for the Ds and a campaign issue for the Rs.

The abortion issue is necessary for both political parties. If you don’t know that, you don’t know American politics.

From Senator Blumenthal’s website:

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – joined by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), and Lois Frankel (D-FL-22) – announced the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013.

The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by stopping restrictive regulations and laws – such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin – intended to curtail reproductive health services for women.



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8 responses to “Blumenthal Announces Bill to Overturn State Abortion Laws”

  1. This sort of over-reaching, end-run around the rights of states to govern themselves on ANYTHING is indeed galling. Some of us live where we live, and left liberal bastions, for the express purposes of not having our freedoms confiscated by the govt “for the good of society.” When the Feds gain the ability to force everyone everywhere to live entirely according to their “sophisticated understanding,” we will have lost our last pretend shreds of freedom.

  2. Pro-lifers have a credibility problem when they push for legislation that is primarily intended to make it more difficult for a woman to have an abortion and try to make it look like they are trying to protect her health and safety. Everyone knows what they are trying to do and no one believes that they are doing it out of concern for the woman.

  3. My first thought was can they do that? Is it constitutional? My hunch is, they probably can, but it won’t get enough votes to pass. I’m sorry for being political here, but the Democrats will stop at nothing kill innocent unborn children. This is their core.

  4. It will, it will. Count on it. Bet on it. I was right about Wendy Davies, and I am right now.

  5. All right, let me put it this way. ONE: the Democratic Party are under Planned Parenthood’s thumb, except for heroic holdouts such as our Rebecca, who have no influence at the national level. After the destruction of Bart Stupak, there is not one D representative or senator who will dare represent him/herself as pro-life. The US Congress Democrats can without exaggeration be described as the iron fist of Planned Parenthood, And President Obama is an enthusiast for abortion, who has explicitly endorsed PP and its priorities. TWO: there is nothing in the world that the leadership of the Republican Party hate and fear more than its own insurgent conservative factions. They are more than willing to make common cause with the Democrats to crush their domestic rebels. And the Republican leadership knows that whatever the libertarian and fiscal influences, the Republican right has grown strong on the battle against abortion. Whatever the role of the Rebeccas of this world, every advance in regulating or rolling back abortion is nationally ascribed to the Republican right. To make it impossible to have any more such advances would materially weaken everyone whom Karl Rove and company loathe and fear. So you can count on the Republican national leadership following the Democrats. THREE: I have every confidence in the current SCOTUS. I have every confidence that it will do exactly what it is told by the lobbies involved and validate such a law, however much of a real intrusion in states’ powers it may be.

    Add that up and see what you get. This bill will be passed and signed before the end of the Obama presidency.

  6. Manny- Yes it’s constitutional. Have you ever heard of the phrase “Guns don’t kill people, people do.”? Well how about this “Democrats don’t kill fetuses (not babies because they aren’t people yet), women who come to the conclusion for a variety of reasons that it is their best option to do so do.”

    Rebecca-Of course it’s women’s health. Do men get pregnant? No they don’t. We are humans not seahorses. Thus making it a women’s health issue.Abortions being performed by nurses, doesn’t bother me. Because most of the time it is performed by them those “nurses” are not just RN’s they are NP’s. Nurse practitioners are healthcare professionals that complete advanced, graduate level educational programs that enable them to practice independently or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals and other individuals to diagnose, treat and manage the patient’s health problems. Is there something wrong with people that are in fact HIGHLY qualified performing the duties of that their job entails? Doctors don’t have hospital privileges not because they aren’t well qualified but because backwards state legislation is in effect against them having it. It is not sinister. What is sinister however is to for all of “Christians” “Catholics” or however you choose to identify yourself (ves) picketing and all but stoning young women who go to get abortions and the doctors and nurses who perform them upon entry and exit of the clinics. Women take it upon themselves to do this emotional act for various reasons, and we as a society should not badger them OR the lawmakers who are only trying to help them because that’s just counterproductive. What we should do is have better sex-ed requirements in school across the board starting in grade 5 or 6, moving up to either grade 8 or 9 and then ending in grade 12. That way pregnancy is more easily prevented. We can preach don’t have sex all day long but the reality is people (particularly teens) have sex and a lot of it, so we should at least teach them to be responsible. We should also make birth control and condoms more freely available so that when a teen does decide to have sex they won’t be judged for it. As all they are trying to do is protect themselves and take care of their bodies. That way when they do decide to have sex they are educated and know what is right and what is wrong, that no matter what he tells you there is a LOW probability he’s infertile etc. The pro-lifers get their way because there will be, I think, a drastic decline in the number of abortions will occur by enacting those kinds of things into law. Anyway a woman’s body is her temple and what she chooses to do with it is between her and her God.

    Please respond.