Stop me if you've heard this one: an anti-choice politician, instead of focusing on creating jobs, sticks an attack on women's freedom and privacy onto an unrelated piece of legislation.The Senate was going to take action on this legislation sometime this week, possibly as early as yesterday, but I've not yet been able to find out any updates on the fate of DeMint's amendment. Given the current tenor of the Senate, I'm reasonably confident it won't go anywhere.
Seems to be a theme, huh?
Anti-choice Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) just filed an anti-choice amendment to a bill related to agriculture, transportation, housing, and other programs. The DeMint amendment could bar discussion of abortion over the Internet and through videoconferencing, even if a woman's health is at risk and if this kind of communication with her doctor is her best option to receive care.
Under this amendment, women would need a separate, segregated Internet just for talking about abortion care with their doctors.
The point is really just to underline, again, what the Republicans' legislative agenda and priorities actually are. And that they are extreme, even in an era of conservative extremism.