They Are Women, Hear Them Roar

Some congressional Republicans decided to celebrate their return to domination of Congress by resuming their war on women: specifically, by proposing a new, more restrictive-than-ever law limiting abortions. The title of the proposed law: “The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Seriously: The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

(Not only are they foolish legislators but they’re also foolish when it comes to proper punctuation: a hyphen is clearly needed between “pain” and capable.” Without it, the name of the bill is just gibberish – well, a different kind of gibberish than it already was.)

Yes, the economy’s still a mess, the country’s involved in numerous military endeavors overseas, millions are still uninsured and hungry, and public education is still a disaster, but these “leaders” – a term that should be used guardedly – decided to turn their attention directly to abortion.

But then they ran into a problem: the larger-than-ever female contingent within the Republican House delegation was having none of it.

Put off by a combination of how oppressive and wrong-headed the proposed law was, even though most of them oppose abortion, and unhappy about how the bill signaled a return to the war against women, which they knew was bad politics in more ways than they have fingers to count on, a group of female Republican House members told their party leadership that if they brought the bill to the floor of the House for a vote they were going to suffer a humiliating defeat less than three weeks into the new session of Congress.

And their leaders had no choice but to back off. Oh, they still passed an anti-abortion law, but a watered-down bill that was not even remotely as draconian as what was originally proposed.

The Curmudgeon doesn’t know what to make of this – of either the insurrection or the success of this rogue band of Republican women in Congress in persuading enough of their male colleagues into joining them to make their threat legitimate – but he can’t help but think this is a good thing.

But whether it’s a sign of more good things to come only time will tell.


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