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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