When was the last time you asked a politician for medical advice? We’re guessing never—but that hasn’t stopped a number of out-of-touch politicians from trying to get involved in the personal and private medical decisions best left up to a woman, her faith, and her family.
Last night’s vote in the House to ban abortion after 20 weeks was just the latest move to get between women and their doctors. What they don’t say is that nearly 99% of abortions take place before 21 weeks, and that small fraction that occur later often occur because a pregnancy goes tragically wrong.
But that doesn’t stop these folks. From Arizona to Indiana and North Dakota to Mississippi, politicians in Congress and the states have been attacking women’s health at each and every turn. We’ve got a name for politicians like that: Gynoticians.
In just the first three months of 2013, 694 provisions that relate to reproductive health were introduced, nearly half to restrict or limit access to abortion. Other measures could make it harder for women to get birth control, cut women off from cancer screenings, or prohibit sex education programs that help prevent teen pregnancy.