Republicans Proliferate Poisonous Anti Women Abortion Rights Legislation

Donald A. Collins | 28 January 2015
Church and State

Anti-abortion demonstrators march past the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, during the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators gathered in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

As this is written, some eighteen bills are before the Congress affecting abortion rights for women, most of them adversely and most of them from Republicans. Will they all pass? Of course not, but as we go into the expected head to head confrontation between the White House and the newly elected Congress on many issues, it is worth at least listing what Congres.gov reports as pending abortion legislation.

One cannot help but FEEL with huge frustration the absurdity and anger at such proposed gross interventions in the privacy of women and their families. How frightening the extent of their power to seek such dangerous restrictions! Who elects these antediluvians! A so-called major political party, only one of two, infected with so many of this persuasion surely can’t represent the will of the majority of Americans in the 21st Century or can it?

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As you have read, so many of these measures represent the tricks which have proved so successful around the country as the result of legislation passed in many states where for example, saying that physicians must have hospital affiliations or privileges in order to provide abortions in an outside clinic. Another standard assault on women method is to legislate wider corridors in outpatient clinics forcing closing of many safe and convenient facilities or at the very least causing their operators, which often include PPFA, legal expenses to litigate in hostile settings against obvious government overreach.

The 41st anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision again got full assault this week from those who would intrude on the most private, yes, I dare use the word “sacred”, freedom a human could have, the right for the woman ONLY to decide when and under what conditions a woman chooses to have a baby.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
ASIN: B00MA40TVE
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Back in 1991, the NGO Don Collins founded in 1976, International Services Assistance Fund (ISAF), co-produced a TV quality 22-minute film called “Whose Choice?” which Ted Turner arranged to broadcast on September 21, 1992 in prime time on his then independent Turner Broadcast System (TBS). Other outlets such as PBS and several of its affiliates Collins and his colleagues contacted then refused to run it because of its forthright treatment of the abortion issue, arguing for all women’s right to choose not to have a baby. ISAF has made a new edition of that DVD. The purpose for reissuing this 3rd version of “Whose Choice?” was simply to show the historical urgency that attended those times, still blocked and attacked over 40 years after the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. This video is available for public viewing for the first time.

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