12 Member All-Male Congressional Committee to Debate Strict New Abortion Measures

TRENT FRANKSI’ve suggested a rule that any committee that’s debating anything related to abortion should either be composed of a majority of women, or preferably be entirely made up of women.  It’s ridiculous to have a group of mostly (or all) men debating an issue that males never have to deal with.

So when I read about a 12 member, all-male congressional committee meeting to discuss strict new abortion measures I was appalled.

Lead by Arizona Republican Representative Trent Franks, Republicans are trying to get a bill passed that’s being called the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”  Because Republicans are obsessed with doing everything they can to ensure that not a single tax dollar goes to any program which might pay for women to have an abortion.

You know, that Constitutionally-protected right every American woman has.

But what this bill really aims to do is further the continued Republican attack on women’s rights.

Susan Woods, an associate professor of health policy at George Washington University, said:

“This bill is a sweeping piece of legislation that would affect nearly all women in this country and would do significant harm to many, especially those women and families who are struggling to make ends meet.”

What this bill actually does is:

  • Ban insurance coverage for abortion for all insurance signed up through the state exchanges set up by “Obamacare.”
  • Force small businesses to pay additional taxes on their health benefits if they offer their employees a plan that covers abortion.
  • Eliminate medical-expense deductions for abortion care, except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment (changing the tax code, essentially forcing the IRS to determine what is “rape” or “incest”).

Hasn’t it been the Republican party who’s been attacking the IRS for years?  Now they want to pass a bill which essentially makes the IRS determine what is or isn’t rape?

It’s just an absolute joke that a committee composed of all men is aggressively pushing to pass a bill that has nothing to do with men and is a direct attack on the Constitutional rights of women.

So much for the party for “small government,” huh?

Whenever Republicans say they’re the party of small government, I honestly laugh.  It’s such a ridiculous claim that there’s really no other appropriate response as far as I’m concerned.  After all, when someone says a joke you’re supposed to laugh, right?

It’s a claim Florida Democratic Representative Ted Dutch took aim at during his comments about the bill, where he said that the bill represents “the massive power of the federal government” to “shut down a Constitutionally-protected right.”

This bill is just another attempt by Republicans to chip away at the Constitutionally-protected right women have been given in this country to have control over their own bodies.  Republicans figure if they can’t make abortion illegal, they’ll do everything they can to make it nearly impossible for a woman to have one.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Michael Siever

    What’s wrong with your face, Trent Franks?

    • Guest

      He’s doing his Elvis impression…. unfortunately it’s not very good, this is why he’s not in Vegas.

  • Phil the observer

    I am a male….And there is NO WAY that I would feel qualified to tell a woman, what she can or cannot do with her body….Even if the baby were mine, it is HER body, and if, for WHATEVER reason she chooses not to carry to term, her choice. The guys need to get out of the bedroom, out of the hospital room asnd out of the lives of those of us, who in THEIR words, are taking PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY of their lives. Isn’t that what they PREACH??

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      as a male I do make requests to what I may do with–and TO– a womans body 🙂

      • David Saint

        oh so you’re cool with women telling you to get a vasectomy? interesting

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        they can tell me,,,,,,
        Im not getting one as im in COMPLETE control of my “organs”
        ================================
        besides: I don’t waste time with younger chics,,UGGH!

      • David Saint

        lol what do you think a uterus is genius? an “organ”

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey loser—– Ive been inside probably 100 times as many women as you have

      • graham-pa

        In your dreams. Is there anything you don’t exaggerate
        about?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        Im not joking loser—– look at me: always been tall/ muscular/ made money– living in south florida,,,
        your photos?? hahahahahahhaa,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, steatopygous and alopecial I bet

      • David Saint

        lol ok Fabio.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I hear that occasionally but I get bruce jenner more,,,, Fabio is an inch taller and 7 lbs heavier, He probably f*cked more gals,,,, and made more money. hes a cool dude; unlike thee

      • David Saint

        Confucius say, man who must gloat about conquests never really conquered $hit. lol .

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        Confucius overweight and bald.
        I don’t gloat: as ALI says: it aint braggin’ if its fact

      • David Saint

        LMAO am i supposed to be impressed you visit massage parlors and whore houses daily?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        never visited any ever in my life—– but as you attempted transposition of that aspersion upon me,,,, seems you indeed HAVE!!

      • Guest

        lol never have…but i do have a porn star friend

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        ugggggh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, fake boobs ( or NO boobs) and fake orgasms. I am in an industry –since 1989- which I have met waaaay 2 many of them …. all skanky.

      • David Saint

        ps only a loser would spout off on the net about supposed conquests…and an arrogant one at that considering you dont know me

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        you are correct– so allow me even MORE bovaristic rhetoric: I do NOT know U and I am willing to wager BIG money ( cash only) as not only have I “impaled” many many more slim big chested women that you- I also can destroy U in basketball; out lift U in a REAL weight room,,,, out last U in 10 ft waves in the ocean and am willing to ( again) wager BIG money that my I.Q. is higher than yours.
        PLUS——————– as Im a self employed CHEF ( since 1989) I can out cook you.
        care to cry some more? U little dicked maggot

      • Guest

        LMAO so you can make that payable to David Saint and send it anytime. See, i can have FEMALES back up my numbers…while you sit there spinning your fantasies. Also, son i was a 4 sport athlete in high school, and thats just the sports they had. (no hockey, no lacrosse, no golf)..so, to be fair..ill even let you pick the sport. (better run quick son, i run a 4.6)..lol ill take your IQ bet too…better be up there close to 200…lastly, your little pathetic crap talking attempt. Child please, ive crapped bigger turds than you.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        let the games begin superspeedster– I “only ” played 3,,,,, hoops/ baseball and swimming.
        I just picked my sports: we will enjoy MY choices in the weight room ( adding how many consecutive WIDE grip pullups we can do ( chin equal to or above top of fists) within a minute.
        I really want your ass on the courts,,,,,,You tell me which hand to shoot with ( NOTE: you get to see me warm up FIRST: then I let U choose)

      • Guest

        i choose hockey…lol cause it would be so much fun watching you fall on your butt repeatedly, being you have an ego inflated bigger than the Hindenburg…(lol which ironically everyone thought was invincible too..didnt work out so great though) Or soccer (i can teach you slide tackling ;)…or we can just do baseball so its somewhat fair for you. Doesnt matter to me..either way, you’re in for a game. Im an athlete, period. Name the sport, ill give you a game. (notice, i didnt say id win every time..only a fool would think that..but im quite competitive, and the Boys and Girls club didnt invent an award for me called the Sparkplug for no reason.)

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        sorry crybaby– I don’t play NORTHERN games ; nor soccer– so lets simply get in a weightroom. and- maybe U can tell me HOW EXACTLY we “play baseball” one-on-one to see whos better???
        nope– basketball…. weights,,,,, and since U don’t surf I will tone that down and we can simply get a day when 8-10 ft waves are frolicking outside in my south FLA ocean and we can see who stays in them longer: NOTE: we go out well past where we can “touch” the bottom; just enjoying the splendid battering those gravity-fed curls water heep upon us! now- doesn’t that sound delightfully “athletic”???

      • Guest

        the only thing “mighty”about you is your level of arrogance and stupidity. You probably do have me with surfing, as i never have. But i’d easily out cook you with bbq’ing. lol and whats with this crying crap? the only person that seems to be crying is you..for attention. You dont offend me, but you do insult yourself quite well. Keep it up dump truck, i could use some more entertainment today lol…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        really!!!! hows about we start with a triple peppercorn cognac “au poivre” bordelaise sauce from scratch??? bar-be-que? I make my own sauce U white trash imbecile,,,,
        and— are we on for some easy to do weightlifting? I will keep it quite simple: squatting ( break parallel; no girly squats) and the bench press and power cleans. allowing you this dubious “luxury” we can do body weight on all 3 lifts; seeing how many we BOTH can do consecutive in a MINUTE. then we will adjourn to a nice air conditioned basketball INDOOR court where I will let YOU tell me which hand I have to shoot with ONLY in our game and I will spot you 10 points up to 25 ( make it/take it)
        cooking!!!! I bet U make one mean corn on the cob!!
        My arrogance is saved for a homunculus such as thee————- no photos; no respect!

      • Guest

        lol nah, no corn on the cob… i make a mean steak, ribs, pork loin, and chicken though..i can make my own sauce as well dolt..taught by a true southern cook. As for basketball, how good you shoot is irrelevant if you cant get to the hoop! lol plus defense wins championships, not big mouths. oh, and i only take 1 min breaks between sets..so that wont be an issue. That includes when i do giant and super sets. I really wish my trainer was still alive though, hed get a kick out of you…Mr California 89. My other friend has been in over 600 competitions, and im friends with numerous other professional lifters guy..im no slouch in the gym and i know what im doing. But feel free to keep running your mouth, its highly entertaining..you have quite the bloated ego

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        then show ur fat ass up and punish me on the BBall court!!! please? lets see this “pippen-esqe ” defense upon me,,,,, again: I spot U 10 points up to 25. which hand do I shoot with?? your call also. “supersets”?? wow- that’s so exotic!! here are my lifts: which U TRY to keep up with: bodyweight benches -consecutive- in a timed minute. Body weight squats -consecutive- in a timed minute. WIDE grip pullups ( no cheating) consecutive in a timed minute. also- body weight power clean& jerks consecutive in a 2 minute span.
        I would love to see U struggle on the pullups!!!
        ===================================
        funny how losers such as U don’t put up pics; and southern cooking? hahahahhaahhahhaha!!!! god that’s funny! “sauces”????

      • graham-pa

        They are small enough to take control of, if you can find them

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I didn’t realize U were stuck in 4th grade……
        please excuuuuse my stupidity

      • graham-pa

        There is no excuse for your stupidity

      • Stephen Barlow

        BINGO!! how about WOMEN legislating that you get a vasectomy. or a Peckerectomy.

        Or perhaps a penis implant to thick you skin, so to speak.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      suzie has no breasts and is very steatopygous,,, ergo her “husband” is no where to be seen

      • Suzie

        Asshole. He/she just stole my identity again. I will have to change my name and it won’t be Suzie anything.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey Christian imbecile……. I watch FOX “news” to remind me that regressive white trash crybabies are destroying this country with lies,,,,, JEEEESUS SAVES
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,and I LOVE being a chauvinist as it keeps me in the bodies of NATURALLY large breasted slim women,,,, the others can reproduce in christian land

    • Suzie 1

      Is your name really Suzie, because I am not happy with the idea that people might confuse us as one and the same? I will switch to Suzie 1, so please don’t anyone confuse us.

    • David Saint

      lol surely you meant “you’re a dork”..right master of the English language?

      • Green_Devil

        Or maybe Phil started to say something about your dork but blew his load before he could complete the thought.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Phil was deleted.

    • Margie

      My husband and I lost our first child due to miscarriage. I was very very devastated. He was my rock and although he did not know what I went through(in my brain), I am sure it upset him. We then had our first child. Then we lost our next child due to miscarriage. This time it was he that was devastated. He now knew that connection that I had the first round. He understood what he had lost(on a different level). I was HIS rock during that time. Don’t even for a moment, ever think that that little person inside that woman won’t make you feel emotions or have some tie to it. It not about be qualified to with knowledge, it’s about being filled with love for “who” is inside of you.

  • Phil the observer

    Get the Hell out of the bedroom and the hospital room and let the people take “THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY that you preach!!!”

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    It is against my religious beliefs that my money pays for war. Can we please include that in some kind of law. I also think it violates my rights to pay a salary to an adulterer. Can we also do something about that. SNARK…

    • Var Enyo

      Wow, didn’t take long for a moronic comment.

    • David Saint

      lol and you obviously lack any intelligence, otherwise youd have heard of the Hyde act..dolt

    • mike

      can you spell m-o-r-o-n! oh you can’t you’re a tea bagger

  • Suzie

    Just more proof that the Republican males want to control all of us, especially women. These guys want to take women back to the days of no rights, (except to have the right to please men!) No thanks, you arrogant, male-chauvinistic bunch of apes.

    • strayaway

      All five of the Democrats on the committee are male (gasp!).

      • Suzie 1

        (Gasp back!) Then they’re the loser bunch of male Dems, which there are some of, unfortunately. Too bad there is such a BIGGER bunch of loser male Repubs.

    • Suzie 1

      The above comment was made by Suzie 1.

  • Pipercat

    My question is, will there be refreshments, an intermission, an opening act and will this be soft shoe or tap?

  • Ed Rudy

    OF COURSE, We agree with Allen Clifton mostly but we think that freedom of choice for women also means freedom from legislative interference with that freedom!
    Ed Rudy

  • I

    Pennyroyal, Angelica and black cohosh. Works at home in private, not illegal. …Leave the USA and go work and contribute to a society that more closely shares my belief of freedom to choose and speak and live and gender equality. That’s what I’m doing. Taking my Advanced degree and knowledge elsewhere. Forget this backward country. You idiots can have it.

  • sherry06053

    How about this: For every woman that wants an abortion and they prevent it, they set up a fund to finance that child. I don’t know what the going rate for raising a child each year is, but every year that woman gets a check to cover the expenses. Of course it would be paid for by the tax payers. So if Republicans keep attempting to legislate these obstacles, Democrats should amend each one to include a way for the woman to pay for the child – you know, like the Republicans insist on ways to pay for any new program, or extend unemployment benefits before they sign on. Dems should do the same thing.

    • sherry06053

      That would be great except all of the conservatives keep trying to defund Planned Parenthood clinics and keep insurance companies from paying for it. Birth control is not available to everyone. The right is against teaching sex education, anti-abortion, and closing Planned Parenthood clinics. Yet Viagra is readily available. How about if you conservatives get clipped – THAT would raise the IQ of the country!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        haha sniffit doesn’t need anything else– internet porn is “his” GOD

      • sherry06053

        You need a prescription to get birth control. That means you have to go a doctor. Some people can’t afford to do that. Condoms could be available in schools, but the right wing has taken that out, too. You have turned on me, personally, because your argument is so weak. I bet you’re single – what a prize! The point, JACKASS, is that it is easier for men to get Viagra than it is for women to get birth control – especially the ones that need it the most. I am sure you don’t have to even think about such things (because you obviously do so little of it) since neither are needed while you are alone. As a matter of fact, since you do not have a vagina, you have absolutely no say on the subject. It doesn’t affect you.

    • I

      Ha ha that’s halarious, tell me how people will know about birth control in the first place when you guys want abstinence only education, and are defunding birth control providers like planned parenthood??? Talk all you want. Palin’s idiot daughter is the epitome of the consequences of abstinence only education.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      all the low IQ regressive white trash crybaby regressives who blindly TITHE to a dead jewish carpenter/ sheep herder within that TAX FREE house of VOODOO ( see: church)

    • David Saint

      problem with that is, the GOP wants to ban birth control too though

  • I

    Ok well I don’t want to pay for a smokers cancer either…. So let’s just scrap health care altogether.

  • Var Enyo

    These same people are against birth control so you lose.

  • Suzie 1

    Good luck making all aroused males purchase and put on condoms. Yeah, that’s an easy task, uh-huh, sure!

    • grafyter

      It should be illegal to be pregnant without a pregnancy license issued by the federal government. It should be illegal to have sex without a condom unless said license is clearly posted within 3 feet of the area of coitus. All acts of coitus should require approval prior to the act by a licensed sexual inspector.The cost of administering and policing this law should be recouped through a $20 per condom tax. This should make the Republicans very happy. No more unsanctioned sexual activity. No more abortions to pay for. A regressive method of paying for a new program that has no effect on the wealthy. Reducing the population of the poor.
      #sarcasm.

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    sounds like U just create bogus profiles and then spank your micro-penile weenie in your small Christian hand while watching crappy internet porn

  • David Saint

    the anti abortion crowd claiming they want to protect life while electing people who take funds away from poor, hungry kids is the joke! “Protect the Fetus! Ignore the child”

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      amen,,,,,

  • David Saint

    just more of the same, “protect the fetus at all costs! forget about the hungry kid that needs medical help though” ..when anti abortion people start electing people who help living babies/kids that need medical help or food instead of taking it away (so corporations can get more subsidies, or give the money to their favorite lobby), ill listen..until that day comes, you are ALL hypocrites!

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      tea party religious ( VOODOO) white trash crybabies……

  • David Saint

    lol further, i find it ironic that its usually the anti abortion crowd that are also ardent 2A supporters..so, obviously you dont want to protect life, you just want to tell people what to do.

  • Margie

    As a young woman, I had to pay for my birth control and young men had to pay for condoms. There are reasons why an abortion would be required for health reasons. Those should be covered under insurance. Just ’cause someone gets knocked up (on purpose or accident due to lack of birth control or not) and their intention was to never get pregnant in the first place or they “change their mind”, they need to pay for their own after the fact birth control. It really can’t get any simpler than that. I am pro-life, but each woman needs to be able to make that decision for herself (hopefully with the father of the child in mind because he might just want to be a father it is HIS child too). She should be fully supported and know ALL her options. It is something that can never be undone, taken back or reversed. 🙁

    As for the all male panel. THAT is complete nonsense.

  • RIbluebird

    Ignorance is bliss. There is an amendment on the books in acted in 1974 known as the Hyde amendment stating That NO federal funds can be used for abortions. It was added to in 2009 the Stupack amendment that state could use Federal funds in case of rape, incest or case of women life. SO. keep listening to GOP and others talking heads in regard to telling you that federal funds are used for abortions. Another note all abortions at Plan parenthood do not use federal fund all monies received is donations. GOP great president also know as Geo9rge Bush investigated and find they were doing anything wrong.

  • graham-pa

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      anytime U want to wager my 50K ( cash) against your 5K ( cash) in a state certified IQ test U let me know—

  • Gabriel Gentile

    Believe it or not, I want to get rid of abortion myself. I think it’s an incredibly ugly bit of business. But don’t for a moment go accusing me of being “pro-life” because the hypocrisy of the “pro-life” movement disgusts me. Of what do I speak? Allow me to elucidate…

    What’s the core goal of the “pro-life” movement? Getting rid of abortion. Hey, that’s GREAT! Now, what’s their METHOD for getting rid of abortion? Outlawing it… Since that proved so effective for getting rid of booze and marijuana.

    But okay… Okay… I’ll give credit where credit is due. Outlawing abortion would in NO way get rid of the problem entirely, but it would likely decrease the instances of such significantly. It would lead to a dramatic spike in numerous other social ills, but let’s ignore that for a moment. So yes, it would lead to a massive decrease in abortions, but before we pursue a policy that would criminalize a good number of American citizens, let’s consider an alternative.

    What’s the leading cause of abortion? Actually, let’s be real… What’s the ONLY cause of abortion? Unwanted pregnancy. There we have it, the root cause of the problem. Get rid of unwanted pregnancy and you’ll get rid of abortion. So, how do we get rid of unwanted pregnancy?

    One word; Contraception.

    Make contraceptive methods and education of their proper usage readily available and you’ll see a MASSIVE decrease in abortion. Again, it won’t get rid of it entirely, but we still get the same results as outlawing abortion without ANYBODY getting criminalized.

    Makes sense, right? Now, here’s the challenge… Find a SINGLE member of the “pro-life” movement who’s OKAY with that option.

    And that’s the truth of it; These “pro-lifers” tell themselves they’re doing it for “the babies” or “the mothers”, but they don’t give a CRAP about either of them! The only thing they want to do is CRIMINALIZE pre-marital and/or recreational sex.

    They’re not “pro-life”, they’re “anti-sex”. Sex makes them feel “icky” so they want to see it outlawed.

    Frankly, these people make me and many others feel “icky”. They’d better pray to whatever sex-hating god they believe in that we never decide to follow their example.

  • MLR

    Anybody who believes republicans like small govt are fools. They like really big govt and use it well to push their ideology and agendas. When they say they like small govt they mean they want to deregulate everything and cut taxes for the rich. If you’re poor or middle-class they don’t give a f**k about you. But when it comes to people’s personal lives they like really big govt and so does their base. They are getting to the point where they no longer make sense. They hate abortion but they want to make it harder and more expensive for women to access birth control. They demonize social programs and people on food stamps but want to turn women into baby factories. They seem to not realize or care that people should have the freedom to plan their families as they see fit. They don’t understand that to a woman the ability to have control over her body is also an economic issue. If I got pregnant almost every year not only would I not be able to hold on to my job (daycare is pretty damn expensive and yes I have a husband) but how would I feed my kids? Even with two incomes people can’t afford to sit there and have kid after kid after kid, not in this economy and certainly not with republicans constantly attacking social programs that help so many families with small children. This country is becoming way too unfriendly to families thanks to republicans that claim to be the “families are important” party.

  • Green_Devil

    Each of these 12 should be forcibly and violently raped and not told if their rapists are HIV+ and told that their government health care- paid for by we the taxpayers- will not cover AIDs testing or any sort of mental health. Maybe then they might gain a little bit of insight into the legislation they propose.

  • Lyric Thompson

    For the party of ” freedom ” they sure have no problems taking the freedom of others , even something as basic as control over their own body. The Republicans have really lost their minds.. keep fucking with women.. Keep fucking with creatures that can bleed for 5 days and not die.. Keep fucking with us ..Even the woman of Texas are done with the misogynistic bull shit. Keep it up and you will understand why they say hell hath no fury like a woman..

  • FreeThinkingVoice

    More revealing then based in reality… this proposal will go nowhere. Even if the House passes it, the Senate never will. If they did, POTUS would just veto it. But by all means, Republicans, please do continue to demonstrate you are the party of small government.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Shame this thread deteriorated so quickly. Just a hint to David and flat mom…

    You have to be out of diapers to have a pissing contest.

    Back on point. This non representation, the exclusion of women in a woman’s issue is no difference than the sham hearing that refused to let Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” speak before the all male committee of child molesters, Rabbi’s and esteemed Republicans.

    The answer folks is to take the committee membership selection AWAY from Boehner’s Gang, and give it back to the people who will represent the people.