Jun 4, 2015

Scott's Walker's Todd Akin Moment and GOP Misogyny

Scott Walker blasted for "Todd Akin moment"

Scott Walker has been radically anti-choice his whole life, a not surprising misogynistic attribute from the fundamentalist Evangelical. (Lounsbury, The Progressive)

A woman is raped, the victim of incest or in Todd Akin's infamous phrase a victim of "legitimate rape" (Moore, NYT), Scott Walker and the Republicans believe by law they should make the decision for women as the GOP's anti-choice, forced-birth stance has become the norm for the radicalized Republicans.

Nearly one in five women will be raped at some point in their life, according to the Centers for Disease Control. (Vagianos, Huffington Post)

Tough luck.

Scott Walker who is pushing for a complete ban on abortion after 20 weeks in Wisconsin, with no exceptions for rape or incest, said, "most people ... it's the initial months [of pregnancy] where they are concerned about that [women's decision to bear children]."

Walker has divined what most women want, and in 2013 he signed into law the forced ultrasound law, which is also is a TRAP law, limiting which doctors women can consult.

Walker said his forced ultrasound law (Wisconsin Act 37) is "just a cool thing out there," expanding his proclaimed knowledge of what women want, saying "We just knew if we signed that law, if we provided the information, that more people if they saw that unborn child would, would make a decision to protect and keep the life of that unborn child." (Kelly, NPR) Walker also bragged that he and fellow Republicans defunded Planned Parenthood.

US Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) blasted Walker last night.

"This is Scott Walker's Todd Akin moment, I could not believe that our governor in a few short words showed how deeply out of touch he is with the women of Wisconsin and the women of this country; and frankly his policies with regard to women's reproductive health are actually dangerous," said Baldwin. (All In with Chris Hayes)

Walker's comments pertain to his forced ultrasound-TRAP law (Wisconsin Act 37) that is enjoined, per an opinion by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirming the injunction by a US District judge just a few weeks after hostile oral argument in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. J.B. Van Hollen (13-2726) in December 2013. (Mal Contends) (Clawson, Daily Kos)

Ripping Walker's Act 37—passed on a party line vote—at oral argument as an attempt to stop women from making their own decision about whether or not to bear children (and not a health law as Walker proclaimed) Judge Richard Posner sarcastically asked, "Is there something medically special about abortion ... because it begins with the letter 'A?'"

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