What Fresh Hell Is This?

July 21, 2005



Why should I get my panties all in a twist because Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is likely an anti-choicer who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade when the Democratic party leaders are all telling me to support a known anti-choicer for senator of Pennsylvania (Bob Casey) who says he would sign a law to outlaw abortion if it one ever came across his deak?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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Something else we women shouldn't worry our pretty little heads over:

(From Population Connection)

Is the U.S. House of Representatives Opposed to Contraception?

Evidence of a right wing attack on birth control continues to mount. Yesterday, the House, by a narrow margin, voted to eliminate contraception as a component of programs to prevent the occurrence of obstetric fistula - a devastating injury that has lifelong consequences for women.

Fistula is most common among younger women whose bodies have not fully developed and also threatens women who have too many pregnancies or pregnancies spaced too closely together. Providing birth control is one of the best ways to help women delay or prevent these high-risk pregnancies.

The bill the House considered yesterday, H.R. 2601, the Foreign Relations Authorization bill, created a new program dedicated to fistula prevention and treatment and contained a provision authored by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) to ensure the programs funded made birth control available. But, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), one of the most outspoken foes of contraceptives in Congress, offered an amendment, that was adopted 223-205, to strip contraceptives from the list of prevention measures included in new legislation. A change of only nine votes would have changed the outcome of the vote.

109th Congress: Contraception Access

On Agreeing to the Smith Amendment to State Department Reauthorization Bill
House Roll Call No. 389
109th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 223-205

How the U.S. House from Pennsylvania voted:

• Rep. Robert Brady (D-1) N

• Rep. Charles Dent (R-15) N

• Rep. Mike Doyle (D-14) N

• Rep. Philip English (R-3) Y

• Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-2) N

• Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-8) Y

• Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-6) N

• Rep. Melissa Hart (R-4) Y

• Rep. Tim Holden (D-17) Y

• Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-11) N

• Rep. Timothy Murphy (R-18) Y

• Rep. John Murtha (D-12) Y

• Rep. John Peterson (R-5) Y

• Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-16) Y

• Rep. Todd Platts (R-19) Y

• Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13) N

• Rep. Don Sherwood (R-10) Y

• Rep. Bill Shuster (R-9) Y

• Rep. Curt Weldon (R-7) Y

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You could elect the Pope and Row vs. Wade would not be overturned. Whay can't Democrats see the scare tactics their party uses.