It’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.
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