Wednesday, August 22, 2012

As All Hell Breaks Loose, Blackburn Insists GOP Convention to be 'Optimistic' Event

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The Republican National Convention an optimistic event? That sounds like a bad joke at this point with soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac churning in Tampa's general direction and the media consumed with talk about rape and pregnancy and Congressman Todd Akin. But that's the promise from Tennessee’s very own Congress(man) Marsha Blackburn, co-chair(man) of the party’s platform committee.

"What you're seeing with the Republican Party is a widening of the tent. It's like the sides have been lifted up," she says, clueless as ever.

In the face of all the outrage over Akin’s ignorance, Blackburn's committee met yesterday and proceeded to do its best to spotlight yet again the party's contempt for women's rights. The New York Times says the draft platform "puts the party on the most extreme fringes of American opinion."

It calls for a “human life amendment” and for legislation “to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.” That would erase any right women have to make decisions about their health and their bodies. There are no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, and such laws could threaten even birth control.

The draft demands that the government “not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage,” which could bar abortion coverage on federally subsidized health-insurance exchanges, for example.

The platform praises states with “informed consent” laws that require women to undergo medically unnecessary tests before having abortions, and “mandatory waiting periods.” Those are among the most patronizing forms of anti-abortion legislation. They presume that a woman is not capable of making a considered decision about abortion before she goes to a doctor.

Here's our question: Can a presidential candidate win with 0% of women's votes?

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