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Rush Holt on H.R. 358

Found this 1-minute floor statement by Rep. Rush Holt at the website RH Reality Check (that’s RH as in prescription, not for Holt’s initials).

Holt reminds us the GOP-majority House is still short on jobs creation and once again indulging themselves in yet another version of their legislative assault on women’s health rights, with the Orwellian-titled “Protect Life Act” (H.R. 358).

CREDO Action’s pointed out the hypocrisy of the DCCC using H.R. 358 as a fundraising tool (calling it the “Let Women Die” Act, then giving money to 15 Dem candidates, 3 of whom in fact voted to “Let Women Die” – voting for H.R. 358.  

No, none of them are NJ. All our NJ Dems voted No. (So did all of the EMILY’s List women, none of whom are NJ, because we – still – don’t have any chicks in our delegation). No surprise, every GOP member of the NJ congressional delegation voted Yes, even those who cast themselves as moderates. (H.R. 358 vote tally)

For Rush Holt, who is married to a physician, and to all our NJ House Dems, this chick says Thanks.

Choose Life

Universal Health Care License Plate

In his continuous pandering to the right-wing mainstream of the Republican Party, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knows no bounds. Christie has appeared at anti-abortion rallies, and while he grudgingly accept the scientific fact that global climate change is man-made, his policies benefit big business rather than those citizens who breathe air and drink water.  

Yet, critical examination shows that Christie’s approach promotes death, not life.

Take, for example, his proposal to eliminate Medicaid for New Jersey families earning less than $500 per month. If enacted, his legislation will put 23,000 people at the mercy of the for-profit insurance companies, which in reality means they will not receive medical care. I’m not an actuary, and I’m not comparing the governor to a terrorist, but I would not be surprised if this lack of preventative and remedial medical care results in more deaths than those perpetrated by Osama Bin Laden on 9/11. In Maryland, a 12-year-old boy died for the lack of an $80 procedure when his family lost Medicaid. How many stories like this will we have in New Jersey that won’t even be reported in the media?

But it’s not just Christie’s heartless attitude toward the poor that will cost lives. How many women will die because of their lack of access to pap smears and breast exams because Governor Christie thought an $800 million tax break for millionaires was more important than $7.5 million for women’s health? How many children will develop life-long lung diseases and suffer premature death because of the Governor’s foolish withdrawal from the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative? (As I’ve written before, Christie is not an effective manager, he is a quitter. Rather than negotiate changes to RGGI or the ARC tunnel, he just picks up his marbles and goes home, ignoring the consequences.)

The first “inalienable right” of the people, as codified in the Declaration of Independence’s “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is life itself. But the actions of the governor and his tea-party comrades are antithetical to the Declaration’s right to life. Instead of pouring money into discriminatory charter schools and giving tax breaks to the wealthy, the governor should re-examine his priorities as well as how he carries out his own personal beliefs and choose life.

Chris Smith charges taxpayers for his abortion crusade… in Africa!

Mother Jones checks in with how Chris Smith spent his Spring Break:

Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, had other plans: He spent part of the break on a taxpayer-funded trip to Kenya, where he slammed the country’s new constitution for allowing abortions in cases when the health of the mother is at risk.

Kenyan abortion restrictions go far beyond those in American law, and Kenya’s new constitution, approved overwhelmingly last August, codifies a ban on abortions in the country. But that’s not enough for Smith and US anti-abortion groups, who argue that the exception allowing for legal abortions to preserve the health of the mother “opens the door to abortion on demand.”

Smith wasn’t just meeting with Kenyan politicians and activists during his time in East Africa-he was actively politicking….

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Republicans Can’t Follow The Rules – Frank Pallone Explains Why

As reported by the fine folks at CrooksandLiars, watch Democrat Representatives Anthony Weiner (NY), Charles Dingell (MI), Jan Schakowski (IL) and our own Frank Pallone completely own Subcommittee Chair Joe Pitts, Joe “Poor, poor BP” Barton and many others on the lack of a constitutional basis for HR 358, The Protect Life Act, a.k.a. the House abortion bill.  The fun starts at 34:45 or so, with Rep. Pallone’s biting remarks coming at around 39:00 and then again at about 60:00.

What Do You Mean It’s Not Rape?

Jeanette Friedman is journalist living in north Jersey. She’s never talked publicly about her rape. – promoted by Rosi

Cross posted at newjerseynewsroom

Soul or Pocketbook? You Decide.

It doesn’t really matter that these men have removed the word “forcible” from this bill. It still changes the meaning of incest, still intimidates private health insurance companies, still pushes church over state and is designed to deprive women of their right to choose.

Thirty-seven years ago, this very week, there was a snowstorm swirling outside my kitchen window, but my sixth floor apartment was so hot and dry I cracked the window facing the fire escape before I went to bed. It was about 3 a.m., and I had just fallen asleep when I woke up to find a man cutting the wires to the phone on my bedside table. Next thing I knew, I was blindfolded with my bathrobe, and could feel the point of a knife pushing into the top of my scalp. I kept thinking that what was happening couldn’t be happening, and remembered what my cop friends had taught me. “Don’t fight back, give them what they want or they won’t think twice about hurting or killing you.”

So I did as I was told, and about half-an-hour later, wrapped in a blanket, I went pounding on my neighbors’ doors, begging them to call the cops.  One of my big kitchen knives was laying on the third step of the staircase.

I was not bruised or battered physically, but I demanded to be taken to a hospital for a rape kit. (I was the editor of my college paper and had access to information most women didn’t have. It was 1973 and women were starting to learn how to take care of themselves because, generally, men proved unequal to the task. Mostly I wanted a massive dose of penicillin, just in case I’d caught something disgusting.)

The first question these police officers asked me was what I had done to encourage my attacker.  I thought that only happened in movies! I was so furious, I shot back that at 3 a.m., as the snowstorm raged across the city, I had climbed out on the fire escape, and while swinging my panties in the air, had yelled

Here ’tis, come and get it.

 

Chris Smith Ramps Up his War Against Women’s Right to Choose

Anti-choice zealot Congressman Chris Smith (R-Robbinsville) has upped the ante in his crusade against a woman’s right to choose. Over the years, the congressman has never passed up an opportunity to attach an anti-abortion rider to legislation, but now he has taken advantage of the Republican/Tea Party majority in the House of Representatives by introducing a bill that would make it even more difficult for women to obtain legal abortions.

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Transparent political opportunist, not an ideologue

With the latest bit of grandstanding by our grandstanding Governor yesterday on the 38th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, there’s been talk about the potential blowback against Christie in terms of him being viewed as a ideologue.  In speaking at the New Jersey Right to Life rally yesterday, Christie really demonstrated not that he is an ideologue, but that he is a political opportunist and nothing more.  

Put another way, Chris Christie is all about one thing:  “Will this help Chris Christie’s future political ambitions or not?

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Jon Runyan and the Dred Scott Decision: He’s not really pro-choice

This was posted earlier, but not on the front page. I thought it should be up top, so I’m promoting it – – Rosi

Rosi posted on this but I have a different take.

Josh Marshall points us to Jon Runyan’s bizarre response when asked which Supreme Court decisions in “the last 10-15 years” he strongly disagreed with: Runyan picked Dred Scott

Now, I laughed when George W. Bush said the same thing in the 2004 debate with John Kerry, but I later found that “opposing the Dred Scott decision” is code for “opposing Roe v Wade.” (See here for a good response to the troubling analogy between abortion and slavery.)

Now, Runyan has been arguing that he is pro-choice, yet he is actually giving pro-life signals in this response. Or perhaps he’s just ignorant of recent events, but I don’t think so  

Chris Christie vetos Family Planning

Bad news. – promoted by Rosi

Governor Christie has always been kinda hostile towards women’s health, but at least his is advise is clear: have more babies and get more cancer.

Here’s a quick-time reaction from the bill’s sponsor, Senator Loretta Weinberg.