Cathi Herrod’s very bad, no good Monday

28 Jun 2016 12:56 am
Posted by: Donna

Oh, Cathi Herrod and Center for AZ Policy, never change! Here is CAP’s statement on Monday’s 5-3 SCOTUS decision invalidating a 2013 Texas law that placed onerous restrictions on abortion providers, under the laughably transparent guise of “protecting women’s health”:

Phoenix – “Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt means women undergoing an abortion will not have the same common-sense safety precautions in place as they would for any other medical procedure.

That’s a lie. The laws passed by anti-choicers in Texas and elsewhere requiring expensive outfitting of clinics that provide abortions, even if only via medication, with hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment and wide hallways, etc., were not applied to other medical facilities.

To give the abortion industry a blanket exemption from laws applicable to every other medical facility is unconscionable.

Nope. Didn’t do that. The Court found that the Texas law placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions and that the “protecting health” justifications were rubbish.

Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell are celebrating today because they can continue to prey upon women and put profit above women’s health and safety. Gosnell is the abortionist who sits in prison today for operating a clinic that ignored basic health and safety requirements similar to those ruled invalid.

Kermit Gosnell: Patron Saint of anti-choicers. He was able to prey on low income desperate women in large part because of barriers anti-choicers put in their paths to safe, early terminations, among them the Hyde Amendment that prohibits Medicaid funding of abortion.

Women deserve better.

No shit. Hence the decision in favor of women’s access to health care and against nosy meddlers like the people at CAP and their counterparts in Texas and elsewhere.

Ultimately, the facts that abortion hurts women and takes the life of a preborn child will prevail. Those facts are irrefutable.”

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They always get around to admitting that it was never about “women’s health” to begin with; it was about making it difficult for women to obtain an abortion. Shockingly, the SCOTUS majority saw that too.

Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services has more from the lying liars:

“Nationwide, childbirth is 14 times more likely than abortion to result in death, but Texas law allows a midwife to oversee childbirth in the patient’s own home,” Breyer wrote. And colonoscopy, which he said normally takes place outside a hospital or surgical center “has a mortality rate 10 times higher than abortion.”

But Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, said the comparison among procedures is “fallacious and non-logical.”

“It isn’t their job to determine what and how regulations are imposed,” he said. “That is a legislative function.”

But Biggs, a Republican candidate for Congress, acknowledged he approaches the issue from a particular bias: He is opposed to all forms of elective abortion and wants to overturn the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which concluded women have a constitutional right to abortion.

Herrod, who has consistently said all the laws her organization proposes are about protecting women’s health, also was not persuaded by Breyer’s points about unregulated childbirth being more hazardous than abortions.

“We can’t address every issue that’s out there,” she said.

Actually, Cathi, you could address that one pretty easily, if you cared about “protecting women’s health” as much as you say. Childbirth is the alternative to abortion that you want to impose upon women, so why wouldn’t you want that to be as safe as possible? The lack of concern for that is…telling. And Biggs just doltishly came right out with his own preference for banning abortion, despite prefacing it with a string of big words in a farcical attempt to make himself appear smart and statesmanlike.

While I do think that anti-choicers have convinced themselves that their cause is just and in the ultimate best interests of women – whom they believe uniformly have no legitimate aspirations in life aside from marriage and motherhood – it is clear that they never even believed their own bullshit on these “protect women’s health!” restrictions. So why should anyone else?

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Ruben on June 29, 2016 7:40 am

    I don’t care one way or the other on the abortion issue, but I do love when a religious whacko like cathi gets kicked in the teeth by a ruling like this. She is a pox on this state.

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