You Can Bring Your Gun but Not a Tampon

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Maybe if the GOP wanted to convince women it is not waging a "war" on them, it would help to stop waging that war.  State legislatures have passed a crap load of bills aimed at stopping abortion but they have gone much further than that. In what universe does God want women to not have access to breast cancer screenings?  Where in the Bible were they outlawed? (Seriously, I am not a Bible expert so if you have a passage where mammograms violate God's law, please share it.)  In Texas, the recent abortion bill has received a lot of attention but the state legislature has now banned tampons from the building. That's right, you can bring a gun in but not a tampon. You can read more about that here.

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The Guttmacher Institute puts out stats on states' measured aimed at restricting access to abortion and reproductive health care.  According to them:

"In the first six months of 2013, states enacted 106 provisions related to reproductive health and rights; issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education were significant flashpoints in several legislatures. Although initial momentum behind banning abortion early in pregnancy appears to have waned, states nonetheless adopted 43 restrictions on access to abortion, the second-highest number ever at the midyear mark and is as many as were enacted in all of 2012."

 Now, no one I know has ever been "pro-abortion." Moreover, bans on the procedure won't prevent it.  And how does restricting access to reproductive health services prevent abortion?  Preventing unwanted pregnancies do that.

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But the current Republican Party doesn't concern itself with what's best for women, I think it about control over women.  The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Act.  It passed along party lines over the objections of the then minority party who were concerned it would lead to frivolous lawsuits.  Ledbetter had been precluded from suing her company, which paid women less for the same work, because she did not learn of this until after the statute of limitations had run out.

Emily's List has a great timeline of the other measures passed to restrict women's rights.

Lastly, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently made some nasty comments about Hillary Clinton.  He said if she runs for the presidency in 2016, it will be "like a return to the Golden Girls."  Yeah, Mitch, you are a spring chicken.

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