The New York Times tells Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: End the War on Women, veto the abortion bills

The next move is yours Governor. The entire world is watching.

There are three bills sitting on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s desk awaiting his signature to become law. Or, preferably, to be vetoed into the rubbish bin of Michigan history where they below. The three bills are Senate Bill 1293, Senate Bill 1294 and House Bill 5711. The three bills will make Michigan one of the (if not THE) most regressive states in the country with regard to women being able to obtain a safe, legal abortion.

I want to emphasize one of the words in the last sentence because it is very important: LEGAL.

Abortion has been legal in this country for 39 years. This medical operation to prevent a nonviable bundle of tissue cells from developing inside a woman’s uterus into a human has been legal for 39 years. The anti-abortion forces in this country, not content to simply not have abortions themselves, have spend nearly four decades making access to this legal medical procedure nearly impossible. In Michigan, they are about to see this wish come true.

Think about it: what other medical procedure can you think of that has been legislated nearly out of existence despite being legal?

The New York Times has a brilliant and scathing op-ed piece today titled “An Affront to Michigan Women”. It is aimed directly at Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Here are some excerpts but I highly recommend that you read the entire thing:

Republican governor, Rick Snyder, can show real leadership and demonstrate respect for women in his state by refusing to sign these ideologically driven bills into law.

The first measure would bar insurance coverage for abortion services without the purchase of an additional “rider” at added expense. {…}

There is a single exception limited to life endangerment, but none for a woman’s health or cases of incest or rape — an omission that shows Republican lawmakers learned nothing from the public’s rejection of reprehensible attitudes toward sexual assault that led to the defeat of Republican Senate candidates in other states in November. {…}

A second measure would make it harder for reproductive health offices to stay in business by requiring facilities that provide 120 or more abortion a year to comply with new staffing, equipment and physical plant requirements, essentially regulating them as “mini-hospitals” even in the absence of a real medical or safety need…[and] would reduce access to needed abortion care as well as a variety of other essential services, like cancer screenings, to suit the agenda of opponents of abortion rights. {…}

Another damaging section in this bill would hurt low-income and rural women particularly by barring the use of medicine abortions when doctors oversee the procedure through online consultations with the patient…In other contexts, Mr. Snyder has voiced support for expanding the use of telemedicine to improve access to health care.

Mr. Snyder has already done enough to advance his party’s right-wing agenda by signing new anti-union legislation earlier this month turning Michigan into a right-to-work state. He should not follow that up by acquiescing to a retreat on women’s health and reproductive rights. He should veto the bills.

Governor Snyder has until the afternoon of Thursday, January 10, 2013 to sign the bills.

So, are you listening, Governor Snyder? The world is watching and waiting to see if you will sign these pieces of legislation into law and codify the ideological War on Women that is being fought in this country by the most extreme elements in your political party. You have a choice: side with the those who would take back women’s rights to self-determination over what happens to their bodies four decades or stand with the majority of people in the country who want access to abortion services to REMAIN safe and legal.

The world is watching and waiting, Governor. What will you do?

[H/T Jennifer K. for bringing this to my attention.]

[War on Women graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

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  • kirke123

    this nut case of a gov doesnt understand government or its duties. he doesnt understand that government is not a business and he does not own it. he is not a people person and doesnt give a shit about anyone else. his goal and belief is to create a new michigan owned and operated by the corporations, and women are way down this shit list of his.
    but why is anyone surprised? we had the opportunity to kick him out of office and there was no help from any union or organization and now those people are paying the price.
    and soon our state resources including our great lakes, will be paying the price.
    it is time to act and act now. the only way to beat this guy and his taliban party is to verbally attack each and every day until election day for the big money will be here soon enough. we need a strong canidate like brandon dillon who is not afraid to speak out, one who will blow the whistle both louad a shrill every where they go. we can not afford this communist any longer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.beauchemin.1 Derek Beauchemin

    The hypocrites that call for smaller government have caveats that exclude a woman’s uterus, the pursuit of fairness by the LGBT community, and in response to gun violence – anyone taking Prozac should be put on a list.

  • Anna123

    It would of been nice to include Gov. Synder’s email address or phone number so we could slam him with calls and emails.

  • unadog

    Call Gov. Snyder to let him know that he just lost the 2014 election:

    * Governor Rick Snyder, (517) 373-3400

    He has thrown his lot in with the Tea Party. He can’t pretend that he is still a
    centrist after he signs off on these lies and manipulations.

    The Extreme Right lost every race where they weren’t protected by gerrymandering in 2012. Time to finish the job in 2014, starting with our one term governor.

    More contact info and a template for your call to Snyder’s office here:

    http://act.credoaction.com/call/report/?cp_id=254&tg=867&rc=fb_geo_MI

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