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The American Way to Resolve the Political War Over Abortion

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This piece ran as my weekly newspaper op/ed in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ********************* Of all the human tragedies that are associated with the...

VA Senate GOP-Dominated Committee Approves “Fetal Personhood Bill in Disguise”

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Remember, Mark Obenshain is the same extremist nutjob who wanted to criminalize miscarriages! Seriously, I'm not making this shit up.  The question is, how...

Dave Brat and the Trump Handshake

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Dave Brat (VA-7) has just issued a statement concerning the latest Trump outrage, but he has failed the decency test:  he fell short of...

Any Self-Respecting Supreme Court Would Have Struck Down the Texas Abortion...

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At year's end last December, on a radio show in the Shenandoah Valley, I was asked for my predictions for the coming year. One...

Donald Trump Exposes the Religious Right’s War on Women

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Donald Trump ripped the veneer off the religious right’s well-crafted charade that its support for laws limiting access to abortion are out of concern...

Safety in Virginia Never Felt So Unsafe Thanks to VA GOP

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"Patient safety", "caring for Virginians", "doing what's right for Virginians", these are a few of the phrases that the Virginia Republican Party has used to encroach upon the rights of women and potentially stall the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But the party has cried wolf too many times for Virginians to give the GOP the benefit of the doubt, and in the case of women's rights and the legal right to abortion, there is clearly a disconnect between the GOP's caring pronouncements and the facts.

It's difficult to say whether or not Virginian Republicans actually believe what they say about "patient safety" or "doing what's right for Virginians." Most likely, it's a mixed bag of cynical Republican politicians whose only objective is restricting the rights of women and federal health care and true believers in their protective roles as state policymakers. In the end, it doesn't make much of a difference because the final result is the same.

The irony of the VA GOP's efforts to limit the ability of women to undergo abortions and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) falls along two lines. In regards to the latter, the irony is obvious. The ACA will be bringing uninsured Virginians under its umbrella, benefiting many Virginians who have been denied or have not been able to afford health care.  In addition, over 100,000 small businesses could benefit from a new small business tax credit. And the GOP wants to stop all of this from happening!