The co-sponsors of the latest attack on women’s healthcare claim House Bill 154 is about women’s safety. If that’s the case, you’d think these lawmakers would have an impeccable track record of making Idaho safer for women.
Rep. Lynn Luker (R-Boise) sponsored a bill in 2014 that would allow discrimination against Idahoans on the basis of “deeply held religious belief.” Not only would the bill have imperiled the safety of tens of thousands of LBGT women, it would have imperiled the safety of single mothers.
If Luker was concerned of women’s safety, he has a strange way of showing it.
Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa) sponsored a bill in 2011 eliminating certain abortions even in the case of rape and incest. His reasoning? The “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”
Somebody call Richard Mourdock.
Rep. Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) was charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child in 2009. As reported in the Times-News, “Chaney pushed his then-wife, snatched her cell phone when she tried to call police and threatened to kill himself with a steak knife. The charge was later amended to disturbing the peace; Chaney was convicted of that charge and of misdemeanor malicious destruction of property.”
If he wants to protect women, he should start at home.
Rep. Eric Redman (R-Athol) boasted on his Facebook page that he would “wholeheartedly support” a Constitutional Amendment that would allow businesses to discriminate against women by denying copay-free contraception based on religious beliefs. He added that providing copay-free contraception to women was an “outrageous…affront to religious freedom!”
Redman is interested in women’s safety as long as they wear chastity belts.
House State Affairs Committee Thomas Loertscher (R-Iona) spent 21 hours listening to dozens of LBGT women talk of the risk to their safety and welfare by a lack of basic civil rights. Then he voted against them.
Loertscher has already missed his chance to say he cares about about women’s safety.
Rep. Paul Shepherd (R-Riggins) was a sponsor of the Forced Ultrasound bill of 2012, which would require rape and incest victims to have an ultrasound at their expense. It also would have mandated some rape and incest victims to undergo trans-vaginal ultrasounds before being allowed to terminate their pregnancy.
Supporting state-sponsored rape disqualifies you from claiming any concerns for women’s safety.
Not only was Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R-Cottonwood) a primary backer of the Forced Ultrasound bill, she was a vociferous opponent of the state Health Exchange, which gave tens of thousands of women access to affordable healthcare. Nuxoll compared the state-run exchange to Jews being lined up for the Holocaust.
Anybody who thinks women’s healthcare is the same as ethnic cleansing is not an advocate of women’s safety.
Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens) isn’t an official co-sponsor…yet. However, he does have a strange understanding of human anatomy. During a committee hearing on HB 154, he asked if a swallowed camera could be used for a gynecological exam.
If the female body is so mysterious that you don’t even know its basics, you’re probably not capable of working for women’s safety.
If you haven’t heard the comments, you should.