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Something’s happening here

While Republicans have backed off their wildly offensive & dangerous plan to redefine rape as “forcible rape”, two recent bills make it clear their frightening disregard for the safety of and respect for women continues.

Here’s Violet, the Reclusive Leftist, discussing the first:

These are the people who want you to die

If you’re a pregnant woman, that is. You’ve probably read about the “Let Women Die” Act currently in the House; the bill would allow hospitals to simply refuse to provide emergency life-saving medical care to a pregnant woman if such care involves aborting the fetus. I was fascinated to see that the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Andromeda Galaxy), has 100 co-sponsors. One hundred! That’s almost one-fourth of the entire House of Representatives. Here they are:

100 co-sponsors! All but one of the Kansas Representatives (and one a woman!) signed on.   I wonder if there’s a corresponding bill planned that they MUST save the woman if letting her die would kill the fetus?  Probably not.

And today, there is this cheerful piece of news:

Georgia Republican’s bill would reclassify rape victims as ‘accusers’

When is a rape victim legally a victim of rape?

According to a Georgia state representative, the term “victim” should be applied only after the accused has been convicted.

State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) recently introduced a bill mandating that not only victims of rape be re-classified as “accusers,” but victims of stalking, harassment, and family violence should as well.

If passed, the legislation [PDF] would amend state criminal law “in the context of a number of statutes making reference to circumstances where there has not yet been a criminal conviction; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Critics said that they feared Franklin’s bill would decrease reports of rape, which is itself already an underreported crime [PDF], according to the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

I don’t know what’s behind this apparently sudden volley of aggressively anti-woman legislation.  But, it seems to me that we’d better be watching our legislators very closely.  These bills might be shot down in the next week or two.  But, these guys have an agenda and something tells me we’re just beginning to see it.

As bad as they are, the thing that worries me isn’t so much out-in-the-open bills like these.  What worries me is that the stuff in these bills could be slipped into other — bigger — critically “important” bills.  And actually get passed.

That’s what I’m worried about.  How about you?