Rhetoric Gone Wild

March 27, 2012 | 3 comments | Posted in Health, Life, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Opponents of the “Women’s Right to Know Bill” Hit New Lows

Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) proudly proclaims that she speaks for the “women of Pennsylvania.”  But today, she verbally abused any woman who doesn’t agree with her, including her colleagues.

Is it time for Rep. Babette Josephs to resign?

“At the very least she should apologize,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Council, “apologize to her colleagues, her constituents and to the people of Pennsylvania.”

Rep. Josephs has long been a mouthpiece for the abortion industry – working, for example, to block sensible regulations that might have prevented the Kermit Gosnell “House of Horrors” Philadelphia abortion clinic scandal.

Thus, it is no surprise that she vehemently opposes allowing women considering abortion the right, if they choose, to see the ultrasound image of their unborn child before they choose to end its life.

But today she went further, displaying absolute contempt for her female colleagues who want to give women that right.

It happened at a Capitol Rotunda rally against the “Women’s Right to Know Bill,” a proposal to allow women to see the ultrasound image of their unborn child before giving their consent to an abortion.  Twenty-three states have such a law.

At the rally, Rep. Joseph’s blasted her female colleagues who support the bill, asking rhetorically, “What are they? Women, or are they men with breasts?”

Afterwards, she rudely stated that Rep. Kathy Rapp and the other women lawmakers that support the bill are only women in the sense “that they will do what the men tell them.”  She went on:

“I don’t believe they’re really women. … I believe they’re men with breasts.”

“This type of rhetoric has no place in the public discourse – no matter what the topic,” said Michael Geer.  “The Pennsylvania Family Council is calling on Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) to recant her statement, and formally apologize to Rep. Kathy Rapp and her colleagues.”

Opponents of the “Women’s Right to Know Bill” (HB 1077) have been wildly claiming that the performance of an ultrasound before a surgical abortion (as is already done in nearly 99% of the cases) is tantamount to rape.  It makes one wonder what they would say about the abortion procedure itself if they were to apply the same rhetorical standards.

We call on Pennsylvania’s lawmakers to ignore the heated rhetoric, and give a “Women’s Right to Know” proposal the consideration it deserves.  When they do, we’re confident Pennsylvania will join the other 23 states with such a sensible womens health proposal on the books.

3 Comments

Sue

How is Joseph’s comment helpful? Should expect more from elected officials – especially when its repeated like she did.

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Sean

Here in Virginia (where I attend University) we had an Ultrasound bill that received similar angry opposition. Instead of challenging the medical and ethical merits of the proposed law, the Planned Parenthood e-mails that went out encouraged people to attack Delegate Kathy Byron. They claim to support women, but they know some really crude words for describing women they don’t agree with. Delegate Byron heard all of them repeatedly.
And they also said the bill was requiring a proceedure that is tantamount to rape.
These people use the same “arguments” to muddle the issue in every state.

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