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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Women are about to lose their rights in America

I often hear people, especially men, issue opinions on how those horrible, horrible muslims treat their women, all while patting themselves on the back for how good things are in the western society. It becomes kind of outragious however, when America's women are about to lose their rights instead of gaining ground when it comes to equality

I know, I know, President Barack Obama has described the failure to ratify the Convention on the rights of the child when it comes to allowing minors to have abortions without the knowledge or consent of parents as 'embarrassing' and has promised to review this. But the way things are going in the United States, there may eventually have to be a convention on the rights of the woman to review and ratify instead.

It can't be defined as anything other than an attack on women's rights now that the House has passed two bills to defund family planning services — shamefully wiping out federal funding for Planned Parenthood's non-abortion health care for women. And not only that but the redefinition of rape is still on the table and anti-choice Republicans are pushing a bill that would allow hospitals to let pregnant women die rather than perform life-saving abortions.

It's up to the Senate to stop this shameful behaviour from a so called civilized country, but If you think there is a solid pro-choice majority in the Senate, think again.
The ability to stop these bills in the Senate cannot be taken for granted . Anti-choice forces in the Senate now out-number pro-choice Senators 46-40. 41 votes are needed to sustain a filibuster of the anti-woman, anti-choice bills coming out of the House. And what's more, 41 pro-choice Senators who are willing to go toe-to-toe with the extreme hard right majority are needed as well. At the end of this fight one side will have to blink.

What's more, there will be enormous pressure on pro-choice members of the Senate to pass the Continuing Resolution on the Budget without stripping provisions to defund Planned Parenthood. In the health care reform fight, this is exactly how the Stupak Amendment was able to pass the House — women were thrown under the bus in order to get a majority vote for what was considered a "must pass" bill. Back then, conservatives in the Senate prevailed practically without a fight. And now, post-election, ├ímerica's women are left with a shrinking pro-choice caucus in the Senate and facing a much bigger threat to women's health and the right to choose. It's scary.

If recent history is our guide, it will most likely the rightwing, anti-choice forces in the Senate who at the defining moment will refuse to back down. But it doesn't have to be that way. If there is a massive show of support, pro-choice Senators can get the help they need to and stop the attacks on women.

Now is the time for pro-choice Senators to use hardball tactics to stop Republicans and anti-choice Democrats from making the House's extremist attack on women into the law of the land. The representatives have failed to stop Republicans along with conservative Democrats in the House from advancing radical bills to dramatically restrict women's access to abortion and other forms of reproductive healthcare. But the Senate can be the so desperately needed firewall. But american women need at least 41 pro-choice Senators to refuse to cave and filibuster.

it's time for pro-choice Senators to draw a line in the sand and do whatever it takes to block any bill that introduces new restrictions on abortion or defunds Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of reproductive health care to women.

To do something about this disgrace, you can go to women's rights at change.org and sign every single petition you can find concerning this matter!

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