Reality Doesn’t Make It Onto the Nightly News — or into State Legislatures

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez schooled the House Republicans on the Oversight Committee a few weeks ago when they held a hearing on Planned Parenthood.

Naturally, this dose of reality didn’t make it into the news reels.  Pity, because Congressman Gutierrez is correct.

At the Federal level, at least for the near term, any anti-abortion (aka “Pro-Birth”) legislation will be vetoed by President Obama.  It is protected by the U.S. Constitution, as decided in 1973 by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade.

Sadly, though, the same is not true of efforts by the States.  Because those legislatures, run in many cases by the GOP, keep enacting laws that step by step make it more difficult for women to get access.

  • Mandatory Ultrasounds
  • Requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at local hospitals
  • Prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks (about the time some of the most severe abnormalities become apparent)
  • Restricting access to “morning after” pills
  • Compulsatory parental consent (including in cases of rape and/or incest)

The list goes on.

Just as bad, are the healthcare rights they want to take away from women, many of which are provided to us by Planned Parenthood.  Mamograms.  Cancer screenings.  Contraception.

So while we can be thankful for Congressman Gutierrez, and know he’s right at the FEDERAL level, there is a whole lot of work to be done to protect women’s rights at the State level.

Elections matter. 

There are some coming up on NOVEMBER 3:


  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi

State Legislatures:

  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia


Anchorage, AK; Arlington, TX; Charlotte, NC; Colorado Springs, CO;* Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Duluth, MN; Fort Wayne, IN; Fort Worth, TX; Greensboro, NC; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Knoxville, TN; Lincoln, NE; Memphis, TN; Montgomery, AL; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Raleigh, NC; San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; South Bend, IN; Tucson, AZ; West Palm Beach, FL; and Wichita, KS

* Mayors races have some interesting consequences, too.  I wrote about the last mayoral election in Colorado Springs in this post.

Special thanks to Melinda, my very extended family member, who shared this video link.  And thanks to Wikipedia for the list of states/cities with elections this November.


October 11, 2015 · 0:00

27 responses to “Reality Doesn’t Make It Onto the Nightly News — or into State Legislatures

  1. Ignorance abounds, this isn’t just a war on women. I have finally figured it out, it is poverty. It is truly poverty. The wealthy will always have access to whatever they want and need, whenever they want and need it. It is the poor that suffer.

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  2. Thanks for the video! I saw another bit of footage of him, this one even better.

    I share your anxiety about the local/state level politics, though. It’s been states passing all these horrendous TRAP laws and getting so many clinics shut down, legal abortion is effectively not available in certain parts of the country. *rage seethe boil*

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  3. For many of the fundamentalists on the far right, their putative reason for opposing PP, and the ‘nasty’ things they do–like abortions and contraception– is supposed to be about protecting the lives of the (relatively small number of) aborted “children,” but of course they ignore the much greater number of children dying of starvation, abuse, etc. The so-called “pro-life” moniker just doesn’t ring true. I believe the real motivation behind the anti-PP people is the desire to punish the wicked women who dared to have sex when they didn’t wish to have a baby. The old “she made her bed and now she should be made to lie in it” argument. I’ve heard that way too often…

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  4. Glazed

    As a man, I can help women by voting for candidates who support women’s rights. As for women, they can help women by doing the same. What surprises me is how many women don’t do this.

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  5. Look, if this were really about life beginning at conception, the pro-birthing legislators would be after the fertility clinics too. But it is not. It is all about going after women with limited means. It’s a class war with a huge dose of misogyny.

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  6. If I’m understanding it correctly, SCOTUS has a case on the docket where TX wants to reduce the clinics to approximately 10. No good can come from that in a state that big. Oh sure, you can have an abortion, but you have to travel to BFE to get one.


  7. I don’t understand this assault on women’s reproductive rights and healthcare. But then again, there are a lot of things about politics I don’t get because it seems so counterproductive, as if some of these guys (and gals) want to move backwards rather than forward. The “good old days” were not as good as they pretend they were.

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  8. Paul

    knowledge is power. thank you Elyse.

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  9. Elections do matter, and women’s health care and reproductive rights are under assault. One clarification: PP doesn’t provide mammograms but if needed will refer a patient to a facility that does them.

    THanks for the post.

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  10. I can’t imagine where we’d be without Planned Parenthood. If the country wants to see even more unplanned pregnancies and abortions, then getting rid of Planned Parenthood seems to be a good way to achieve it. So frustrating.

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