In Wake of Roe v. Wade's Anniversary, GOP Introduces Anti-Choice Bills

Every year around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, some conservative legislator comes along with bills that try to knock it. It's like clockwork. And since the historic abortion rights ruling just celebrated its 38th anniversary on Saturday -- and because they totally love an empty gesture -- the new GOP clearly didn't want to break tradition.

Yesterday Senators Roger Wicker, R-MI, and Rand Paul, R- KY, proposed the 'Life at Conception Act,' which would, clearly, establish the life of a baby at the point of conception. Yep, it's 'personhood' again, and the very existence of the bill is meant to give unborn fetuses access to the 14th Amendment (which is ironic since conservatives hate the 14th Amendment so much for everyone else). Doing so would run loopholes around Roe v. Wade and end women's right to choose for ourselves. Co-sponsored by five other Republicans -- Richard Burr (N.C.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.).

Wicker's introduced two similar bills in past sessions that didn't pass, and 'Life at Conception' is not likely to make it past the Senate this time around either. On Monday, at the annual 'March for Life' on Washington, DC, Wicker called Roe v. Wade the harbinger of a "three-and-a-half decades-long holocaust in the United States of America" -- guess he didn't learn much from the Palin playbook -- “and it amounts to a stain on our national conscience, and it's time for it to end."

In response, Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released a statement: "This is the latest example of hypocrisy from politicians who said they want less government in our lives yet propose bills like this one that would open the door to more political interference in our personal, private decisions. If this bill resembles past versions, it would ban abortion - even in cases of rape or incest and threatens to outlaw birth control."

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 26, 2011, 6:57am

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