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The (surprising?) Cost of Not Voting:
APOCALYPTIC, RETROGRESSIVE, PRO-1%, ANTI-99% CONSEQUENCES
231 New Abortion Restrictions Enacted Since the 2010 Elections
By: Sarah Jones more from Sarah Jones
Monday, January, 5th, 2015, 2:53 pm
The Guttmacher Institute released frightening numbers Monday morning. These numbers are a real slap in the face to those who stayed home from midterm elections but have an interest or stake in women’s freedom and liberty. All in all, they have determined that 231 new abortion restrictions were put into place since the 2010 midterm elections brought us a wave of the Republican extremists.
Via a Guttmacher press release Monday morning: During the 2014 state legislative session, lawmakers introduced 335 provisions aimed at restricting access to abortion. By the end of the year, 15 states had enacted 26 new abortion restrictions. Including these new provisions, states have adopted 231 new abortion restrictions since the 2010 midterm elections swept abortion opponents into power in state capitals across the country.
One cost of staying home is that “The large number of recently enacted abortion restrictions has dramatically reshaped the landscape for women seeking an abortion,” according to Guttmacher. Indeed, “The entire South is now considered hostile to abortion rights, and much of the South, along with much of the Midwest, is extremely hostile to abortion rights.”
We are going backward. “In 2000, 31% of women of reproductive age lived in a state hostile to abortion rights, with no women living in a state with enough restrictions to be considered extremely hostile. By 2014, 57% of women lived in a state that is either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights.”
To those who oppose abortion this might seem like good news, but taken in tandem with the Republican push to restrict access to birth control — the single best way to prevent abortion — what this amounts to is restrictions on women’s rights. It amounts to back alley abortions by desperate women and a resulting the threat to their lives.
Over and over again, attempts to legislate morality or impose morality from an external source fail to provide the same results as stressing internalizing morality. But Republicans prefer instead to use false claims of divine authority in order to limit and steal women’s freedom in efforts to perpetuate and sustain the patriarchal system that benefits them.
If Republicans really cared about abortion, they would do everything in their power to push birth control and to incentivize choosing giving birth, including government funded food and health care for infants. Instead, Republicans punish women who give birth, while restricting their access to birth control and abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. This isn’t a pro-life agenda, it’s a pro-patriarchy agenda.
How Having a Baby Can Land a Woman in Jail
Medical professionals contend that drug addiction is a disease. So why do we throw women in jail for being addicted to drugs while pregnant?
By Tana Ganeva / AlterNet
January 6, 2015
One Million Americans Are About to Lose Their Food Stamp Benefits
Unemployed adults without children will lose food assistance.
By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet
January 6, 2015
One million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program by the end of 2016 even if they're actively pursuing work, according to Center of Budget Policy and Priorities. Better known by its former name, the Food Stamp program, in some areas SNAP will reinstate a three-month limit on benefits for unemployed adults between 18-50 who are not disabled or raising children. These individuals will lose SNAP even if they unable to find jobs and not part of job training programs that meet the requirements for food assistance benefits. Many states do not have such programs.
The report urges Congress to revise the current welfare laws to allow for benefits to continue for those who are pursuing work, allowing a job search or job training to count toward a requirement. However, the reports authors think such action is unlikely given the make-up of the incoming 114th Congress.
Republicans Begin New Congress By Standing With Racist Sympathizer Steve Scalise
By: Sarah Jones Tuesday, January, 6th, 2015, 1:49 pm
Republicans are upset that Steve Scalise (R-LA) might have trouble raising money for the party, because some donors might not want to be seen giving cash to a racist, neo-Nazi sympathizer.
If ever you wondered just how far gone this Republican Party is, their response to the scandal of Majority Whip Steve Scalise speaking at and supporting the ideas of a 2002 gathering of white supremacist, neo-Nazi enthusiasts says it all.
According to Republicans The 114th Koch Congress Is Focused On Koch Priorities
Tuesday, January, 6th, 2015, 12:14 pm
After the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans promised to follow through on their pledge to the American electorate to immediately begin “focusing on the people’s priorities” when the new session of Congress was convened. However, within a couple of weeks of the new session of Congress with a Republican majority in the House, the GOP revealed they had no intent to honor their solemn pledge and began a terror campaign against women’s reproductive rights and a serious job-killing crusade that revealed they never considered the people’s priorities.
Fast forward four years and Republicans again promise, according to Speaker John Boehner, that “nothing is going to get in the way of our team’s focus on the American people’s priorities.” But like January 2011, Republicans have already exposed their disinterest or lack of intent to even begin focusing on the people’s priorities. What Boehner, or any Republican, fails to admit is that in their minds the billionaire Koch brothers are the American people because they bought and paid for the Republican-controlled Congress. Subsequently, Republicans are beginning the 114th Congress with the mindset that “nothing is going to get in the way of our team’s focus on the Koch brothers’ priorities” in quickly passing two bills the Koch brothers demand be acted on.