Shocking: Oklahoma Republican Says New Anti-Abortion Bill is Prejudiced Against Women

doug-coxIt’s not often I read a story where a Republican actually used common sense.  It’s even less common that I read about a Republican using common sense as it relates to women’s rights, and in particular abortion rights.  Add in the fact that this Republican is in Oklahoma and it makes it even more shocking.

But that’s what Republican Oklahoma Rep. Doug Cox did when he called a new bill moving through Oklahoma’s state legislature “prejudiced” against women.

The new bill would copy many of the same regulations that were passed in Texas which have forced the closure of many of the state’s clinics that provided abortions, and it would also prevent teens under the age of 17 from being able to buy Plan B over the counter.

Cox highlighted the fact that Oklahoma has the second highest teen birth rate in the country and further blocking their access to vital emergency contraception will only make the teen pregnancy problem worse.

He then went on to say, “This bill is prejudiced.  It’s prejudiced against women.  A 14-year-old boy can go to the truck stop and buy all the condoms he wants.  He can control his destiny.  This bill takes the ability to control their destiny away from women.  But that’s what we do in the Republican Party these days.”

Following that he addressed the talking point that some have used citing that some individuals have bad reactions to Plan B, rendering it a health hazard.  Cox pointed out the lack of scientific evidence to support that and said, “Probably more people are allergic to latex condoms than have a reaction to Plan B.”

It’s just shocking to see a Republican using common sense, so I really have to applaud Rep. Cox.  I especially liked the comment he made where he took a direct shot at the war on women the Republican party has been waging for years now.

But he’s spot-on with his comments.  These bills are prejudiced against women.  They’re specifically targeting women’s rights under the false pretense of “protecting their health.”  They say these measures are meant to “protect women,” but all they are is their attempt to continue to deny women their constitutionally protected right to have control over their own bodies.

Just more of that “small government Republican party” doing their best to interject their religion, their ideology and their big government into the sex lives of every single American.

I would encourage everyone who can to call Rep. Cox, thank him for voicing some common sense, and encourage him to keep standing up against the extremism coming from within the Republican party.

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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  • katherine norton malek

    MEN talking sense on women’s reproductive rights, what a shock! Had to read it again. Thought I read it wrong or maybe it was too early, maybe I needed a second cup of coffee. He’s such an anomoly they should put him in a museum.

    • Steve Z

      Not only a man, a Republican man. I’m sure the teaparty will be putting a figurative target on his head.

    • Wano Nymous

      If men get no say in the matter then men should not be forced to pay child support.

      • BilbySA

        Men always get a say in the matter of conception. They’re called ‘condoms’. If you don’t want to pay child support, don’t become a father. If you want to leave the contraceptive responsibility up to the women in your life, be prepared to accept any consequences for your lack of action. It’s really that simple.

      • Wano Nymous

        Condoms don’t always work.

      • chynna

        Abstinence does. Why should only the woman be held accountable?

      • Wano Nymous

        Because women get pregnant. Men do not get pregnant. Why should men be responsible for a womans actions?

      • chynna

        You assume women get pregnant all by themselves. Exactly who are all those women screwing? It is not other women, otherwise they would not get prognant in the first place.

        It is NOT just a women’s actions here. Men are involved. Stop hiding behind symantics a get a grip on reality.

      • Wano Nymous

        Actually, it IS the womans actions and ONLY the womens actions that get them pregnant. Men are not responsible for womens bad decisions. You act as if women are too stupid to be held responsible for their own actions, maybe that is true but a whole different topic indeed.

      • chynna

        Men should start keeping their cock in their pants if they do not want a child or be responsible for one. They should also not be able to dismiss their own responsible for their actions willy nilly. It is the life and body of the women that is irreversibly changed whether she gives birth or not. Men are only a by-stander.

        As it is right now, there is over $1 billion in child support that is owning in Texas alone. It is abundantly clear that men do not give a rats ass about supporting their kid even after marriage. You have the exact same attitude.

      • Wano Nymous

        Women should stop blaming men for the womens bad decisions.

      • chynna

        The only bad decision women make are screwing morons just like you. Those who refuse to keep their own cock in their pants and insist on blaming women for that.

      • Wano Nymous

        Just because a man takes his cock out doesn’t mean the woman has to put it in her vagina. It’s not the mans responsibility to make sure a woman makes good decisions. Women need to be held responsible for their own actions.

      • chynna

        Sorry, you pure moronic attitude is based on absolutely stupidity. Pregnancy has nothing to do with a decision either. It is a biological process and response.

        To claim that only one person is involve in totally responsible it pure ignorance. But then again so have all of your replies so far been based on that exact same ignorance.

        You obviously were not born with enough genetic material to qualify as a primate. My dog is far more intelligent and responsible than you are.

      • Wano Nymous

        Men do not get pregnant. Women need to be responsible for their own bad decisions. Men should not have to pay for womens stupidity and irresponsibility.

      • Wano Nymous

        If a woman is driving a car and a male passenger asks her to drive off a cliff, who’s fault would it be if the woman drives off a cliff?

  • Guile Williams

    Hmm, sounds too good to be true. We all know that when something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. These days we need to research ALL politicians because now we have some Republicans running as Democrats. Be careful who you vote for people.

  • Andie Scott

    He will probably get kicked out of the party

  • Sandy Greer

    Well, good for him! ‘Course, he’s probably put himself into RINO territory, but good for him, for standing against Ignorance.

    I hope his constituents appreciate him, and allow him to keep his job. Maybe he can make a difference in the GOP.

    But win or lose – he took a stand – and that is worthy of Respect.

  • Wano Nymous

    Since when did women get a constitutional right to kill babies?

    • MLR

      First of all Plan B doesn’t kill babies and second of all, abortion rights are protected under the 14th Amendment. And if you’re concerned about babies being killed then you should be happy that Plan B is available. That’s what I don’t get about people like you. Contraception does not equal abortion and if you’re against abortion then you should be for contraception. Women should have every right to control the size of their families, which is a pocket book issue as well.

      • Wano Nymous

        Where in the 14th Amendment does it say women have the right to kill babies?

      • BilbySA

        Don’t get a woman pregnant, and you’ll never have to worry about it.

      • Wano Nymous

        I have to worry about it because my tax money pays for it.

      • chynna

        WRONG, No tax money goes to Planned Parenthood for abortions at all. They accept donations for that.

        Why should anyone have to pay for the birth of kids either? That includes pre-natal care, post natal care and the care of th infant after birth. There are millions of dollars paid by citizens for that.

        That is a choice just as much as abortion is.

      • Wano Nymous

        Planned parenthood got over half a Billion dollars in tax money that paid for them to be able to kill 330,000 babies just last year..

      • chynna

        Who are you to say they can’t?

        Why do you think you have the right to dictate to women and what they do?

      • Wano Nymous

        Why do you think women have the right to kill babies?

      • chynna

        You are obviously in serious need of a dictionary. No one kills babies.

    • chynna

      There is nothing in the constitution regarding sex, marriage, child birth or many other issue. Your statement is just plain foolish.

      There is no place in the constitution that gives religion authority to deny women equality or rights to have total control over their own body.

      Even the christian god gave specific instructions on how to perform an abortion, yet religionist refuse to acknowledge that their god is not pro-life. In fact in the bible, the christian god orders the wholesale slaughter of innocent children and the unborn.

      • Wano Nymous

        Actually, Abortion violates every constitutional right. When you have an abortion you’re taking away the freedom of another
        individual to do ANYTHING. Death puts a stop of your rights to life,
        liberty, the pursuit of happiness, as well as the freedom of speech, to
        bear arms, to own personal property, etc. etc. etc.

      • chynna

        You obviously have no clue what the consititution says. A fetus is not a person under the law. Women are far more valuable then an clump of cells.

      • Wano Nymous

        Actually a fetus IS a person under the law. If a person kills a pregnant woman he faces 2 counts of murder not just 1. You obviously have no clue what the law says.

      • chynna

        So,not that you have been proven WRONG TWICE. you have changed your argument yet again.

        Get a grip on reality and stop trying to control women. Sadly you cannot even deal with your own life. You have no right to dictate to women.

      • Wano Nymous

        Women have no right to kill babies.

      • chynna

        More stupidity. BUY A DICTIONARY.

        Women have just as many right to govern their own body as you do. IF you do not like that go to Iraq or Egypt, you can dictate to women all you want.

      • Wano Nymous

        A baby is not a womans body, it is the babies body and you have no right to kill it.

      • chynna

        If you do not agree with abortion DO NOT HAVE ONE.

        STFU AND GET LOST

      • Wano Nymous

        Words of the typical delusional liberal.

      • Morndew

        Really? I’ll bite. What are these specific instructions given by my christian God on how to perform an abortion?
        And most pro-choice people do not deny a woman the right to control her own body, or to use contraception. The difference in opinion is the Plan B. Who does no one seem to get that? Some people do in fact view this as an abortion, because it doesn’t prevent conception, it prevents conception from growing if implantation occurs. A condom prevents initial conception, as does the PILL or an IUD, or the Ring and ALL SORTS of other things, which are all available to women at any time. It’s Plan B. Not contraceptives.
        And for the record, you do not need to be a christian, or a right-winger, or a religious nut to be pro-life. You don’t have to believe in God at all to believe the killing of children in the womb is wrong.

      • chynna

        I was not referring to pro-choice groups. They are obviously in favor of allowing women to make their own decisions. I was referring to the pro-fetus groups. They are not interested in a fetus once it is born.

        The conservative right are hell bent on reducing all services for the poor. The poor are predominately women with your children to support.

        Quite frankly I have no interest in what your reasons are for being against abortion. Women are far more important than a fetus who does not have a fully developed nervous system. It is the lives of women and the children that are already born that are far more important and should be supported.

        American think nothing of massive bail outs to major corporations, but then have nothing but contempt for for poor women.

        The fact is that over 50% of all abortions are requested because of failed birth control. Contraception of all kinds fail, that is a medical fact. Sadly it is only women are are judged in the abortion issue, yet there are thousands of families and men that demand their partner get an abortion as well.

        Numbers 5:11-24 The description of a bizarre, brutal and abusive ritual to be performed on a wife SUSPECTED of adultery. This is considered to be an induced abortion to rid a woman of another man’s child.

      • Morndew

        WOW. That is not what the bible says at ALL. She is brutally made to DRINK WATER OH NO!!! They make promises and oaths and she must drink water with dust in it. Where you get brutal, bizarre, abusive abortion is beyond me.The passage is to say IF she’s sleeping around, the Lord will find it out and the water would make her sick, and if not the water will make her stronger (and she will give birth to strong sons!). It’s not anything in the water itself but God will make the water to suit her actions.
        I have to disagree that women are only worth life when their ‘nervous system’ is fully developed. What makes that your critera for the right to life? I won’t even beat the obvious into the ground-that the nervous system begins forming at 4 weeks and fetuses can feel pain as early as 10 weeks-all within early abortion times.
        I also disagree that pro-life people only care until they are born. You will find the conservative right have some of the highest rates of adopting those ‘unwanted’ babies, and are more than happy to help those moms who are scared and new at parenting who want to keep their children. We just don’t need the goverment to decide how much of our money to give, where, and to whom. The goverment has not proved itself to be a very good steward of the American people’s money. I could do more good taking that money and supporting my local woman’s shelter (which I do) and Woman’s and Children’s clinic (which I also do). Christian and private organizations care for more women and children than you would ever admit to.
        Last, I don’t have contempt for poor women. On the contrary, I AM a poor woman!
        If you read this far, kudos to you for giving another point of view a chance 🙂

  • MLR

    Like I commented before on another article, there are exceptions to everything and while I rail against republicans in general, I do acknowledge there are a few exceptions out there and I applaud Rep. Cox for not being ignorant like the majority of his party. As a liberal female I believe in full access to contraception for women, but as a Mom I kind of have a problem with teens under the age of 17 being able to buy Plan B over the counter. It’s not that I’m against it, it’s that if it was my daughter I would like to know that she’s in that situation. But I also realize not all parents are open and understanding about these things. It’s just something I’ve wrestled with a lot but in the end I always end up agreeing Plan B should be available.

  • Wano Nymous

    Women blame men because women are too stupid to be expected to be responsible for their own bad decisions.

  • Okie in Oz

    FYI, Rep. Cox is Dr. Cox, an emergency room physician.