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House GOP Holds Anti-Abortion Event Dominated By Men

On Wednesday, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) held an anti-abortion press conference for the bill he intends to reintroduce that restricts women’s abortion rights nationwide. A direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, Franks’ bill bans abortions after 20 weeks, before a fetus even reaches the point of viability. Just this week, an appeals court stuck down a 20-week abortion ban enacted by Franks’ home state of Arizona.

The lawmakers slated to speak today included nine House Republicans in addition to Franks — Republicans Chris Smith (NJ), Joe Pitts (PA), John Fleming (LA), Randy Weber (TX), Steve King (IA), Steve Daines (MT), Joe Wilson (SC), and Louie Gohmert (TX). Michele Bachmann (MN) was the only woman member of Congress listed for the event. Pictured above on the right is Susan B. Anthony List‘s Marilyn Musgrave and another non-member of Congress. Republicans have a history of excluding women from these conversations, like inviting an all-male panel to discuss limiting women’s access to birth control.

Capitalizing on the recent case of an illegal Philadelphia-area abortion doctor being convicted of murder, Franks recently expanded the scope of the bill beyond limiting DC women’s rights to women nationwide. Ironically, the case Franks cited actually proves the need to expand women’s access to safe abortion services.

by Anonymousreply 405/23/2013

"I have the answer to abortion! SHOOT YOUR DICK!!"

by Anonymousreply 105/22/2013

Invite an all female panel to sit around and "discuss" limiting men's access to Viagra, condoms, vasectomies, et. al.

by Anonymousreply 205/22/2013

I am absolutely pro freedom to have an abortion, and while the male domination of this sort of thing is a little bit comical, and what you'd expect from certain types of old male Republicans...I'm not sure if making too big a deal about gender is the way to make any points regarding this. There are plenty of anti-abortion women, and when they do gendered polling on the issue, opposition to abortion either comes up roughly equal or even stronger amongst women.

Make of that what you will, but the polling seems to bear it out.

Ideas should stand or fall on their own merit

by Anonymousreply 305/22/2013

r3, Men have historically had control over women's rights and bodies. This is a major step backwards.

There is more than one issue here, would you want a panel of women deciding on things like what r2 said?

by Anonymousreply 405/23/2013
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