This week: The appalling 20-week ban passes in the House; Texas gynoticians are severely restricting access to safe and legal abortions for minors; and South Carolina gynotician Lee Bright makes enemies on both sides of the aisle.
20-Week Ban Gynoticians: Trent Franks & Marsha Blackburn*
May 14, 2015, by Lauren Holter, via Bustle
The House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy...
So, who’s behind this problematic bill? ...Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn first introduced the 20-week abortion ban in 2013 and reintroduced it in January in the hopes that a now Republican-controlled Senate would pass it this time around. Here’s what you need to know about the two representatives.
*We would also like to shine a light on all the GOP Congresswomen who opposed the bill for being too extreme in January, but voted for it this week — even though it is even more extreme. Thanks for “protecting” women.
South Carolina Gynotician: Lee Bright
May 14, 2015, by Jamie Self via The State
“Sen. Lee Bright, filibustered the abortion restriction Thursday, saying exceptions in the proposal for rape or incest victims unjustly would sentence a fetus to death for the father’s crimes.The exceptions for rape and incest were part of a compromise meant to ease opposition to the abortion bill, averting a filibuster from opponents, and allowing senators to move past the issue and onto other priorities.”
TX Gynoticians: Geanie Morrison
May 14, 2015, by Abby Johnston via Bustle
The bill, brought forth by Republican Rep. Geanie Morrison, seeks to tighten Texas’ judicial bypass laws — when a judge grants permission for an abortion without parental consent. Texas law requires that minors seeking an abortion have permission from one parent. But with the bill’s handy passage, 93-46, Texas Republicans have erected another legislative maze for vulnerable teens.
Tell these Gynoticians to leave women’s health up to the real experts – women and their doctors. Period.