Julie Burkhart of Trust Women Foundation, and Tammi Kromenaker, director of Red River Women’s Clinic in North Dakota, talk with Rachel Maddow about how patients and practitioners are weathering clinic-killing TRAP laws that are the new strategy in the GOP war on women’s health services.
Stand with the people of Kansas. Women’s health care is not “indecent”
Stand with the people of Kansas today, who deserve access to information about how to get all kinds of safe and legal health care. Just cut, paste and send the tweets below to the three Wichita Clear Channel stations refusing to run South Wind Women’s Center’s ads. It will take you less than a minute to stick up for the people of Wichita.
Your listeners don’t think women’s health care is “indecent,” @1021TheBull. Listen to Kansas.#changethechannel http://www.womenactionmedia.org/stand-with-the-people-of-kansas/
Your listeners don’t think women’s health care is “indecent,” @channel963. Listen to Kansas. #changethechannel http://www.womenactionmedia.org/stand-with-the-people-of-kansas/
Your listeners don’t think women’s health care is “indecent,” @b98wichita. Listen to Kansas. #changethechannel http://www.womenactionmedia.org/stand-with-the-people-of-kansas/
Kansas Republicans Mock Rape Exceptions For Abortion Restrictions As ‘Little Gotcha Amendments’
The Kansas legislature is advancing anomnibus abortion billthat would, among other things, define life as beginning at conception in the state constitution and place unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers in the state.HB 2253has already passed the House, and looks poised to gain enough support to sail through the Senate— but only after Republicans rejected several key amendments to soften the measure, including a provision to add exceptions for rape and incest to the state’s existing abortion restrictions. Top Republicans decried those provisions as “little gotcha amendments.”
Senators discussed the bill for more than two hours on Monday. There were several proposed amendments up for debate — a rape and incest exception, a provision ensuring that women won’t be prosecuted for using birth control even if the state officially redefines life with a “personhood” amendment, and a measure to remove HB 2253′s requirement that doctors tell women about ascientifically disputed linkbetween abortion and breast cancer. All of them were rejected.
“These amendments are little gotcha amendments,” Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce (R)said during the floor debate. “I’m getting a little irritated at it.”
If you’re getting irritated at keeping rape survivors in mind, imagine how the people who actually got raped feel.
The Koch Brothers and Kansans for Life: The Alliance That Killed the Kansas Moderate
Kansas has long been known as a place where extreme anti-choice legislation, fierce anti-woman rhetoric, and overall insanity is produced by the bucketful and, believe it or not, that extremism is about to be taken to an unprecedented level.
In fact, the residents of Kansas should prepare to feel the g-force of the radical right’s strategized rush to bring to fruition their goal of becoming the most socially and fiscally regressive state in the nation. The energy behind this fundamentalist g-force is being supplied by the Koch brothers, the Chamber of Commerce and, of course, the ever present influence and drive of the anti-choice groups within the state.
The political decimation of the moderate Republican in Kansas has been getting a lot of national press. The showdown has been seen as inevitable since the election of Kansas’ first radically conservative Governor. So how did the state of Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Kassebaum turn into the state of Brownbackistan? It is hard to fathom, especially in light of Governor Brownback’s dismal polling. The following is from Kansas political scientist Dr. H Edward Flentje.
Surveys show Brownback’s approval ratings to be low, most recently in the mid-30s among all registered voters with disapproval near 50 percent. His approval among independent voters is even less favorable. Independent voters, who number 500,000 in the state, have the potential to swing this referendum against Brownback and his allies.