Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reproductive Rights Must Be Guaranteed

21 August 2012

A Statement by Greg Pason, Socialist Party Candidate for U.S. Senate (NJ)

Yesterday’s statement by Republican US Senate candidate Todd Akin on “legitimate rape” and rejection of the right to abortion in any situation should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the rightward drift of the Republican Party and the increased control of the Party by the anti-choice lobby.

The Democrats have responded with outrage, but their rhetoric does not match their actions. Time and time again the Democrats have found ways to allow their own anti-choice lobby to hijack full reproductive rights for women. The most recent example is the inclusion of the“ Hyde Amendment” in the so-called “Affordable Care Act.” President Obama caved to Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan’s amendment which prohibits use of Federal funds "to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion" except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother.” This reactionary language is now in the healthcare bill....

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