The ongoing Republican attack on women's health is heating up, and the latest episodes range all the way from the ridiculous, to all out lies, to posing a real danger to women across the country.
Just yesterday, amid the stock market plunge, televangelist Pat Robertson blamed the sell-off on Planned Parenthood, claiming that it was only a foretaste of God’s judgment for legal abortion and federal funding of Planned Parenthood. “And possibly if we were to stop all this slaughter the judgment of God might be lifted from us," Robertson went on, while seemingly channelling Glenn Beck by managing to work in a plug to "buy gold in preparation for greater market deterioration." Never mind that the markets have been doing just fine for years in spite of legal abortions, it's apparently different this time.
That is, of course, because now there is an all out attack on women's health that began with misleading and selectively edited videos by anti-abortion extremists trying to make it look as if Planned Parenthood was buying and selling fetal body parts for profit, when in fact they merely donate fetal tissue for medical research, just as the medical profession has done routinely in any other medical procedure. (Several legal actions against those who made the videos are pending, and several of the parties involved are planning to plead the Fifth.) These extremists, who have ties to violence at abortion clinics and to the man who murdered an abortion doctor, appear to have coordinated the attacks with GOP members in Congress who joined in to push the lies in order to try once again to defund PP.
This then spread to state efforts by Republican governors in various ways to block abortions any way they can. Florida is no different, where Rick Scott launched an investigation even though Florida PP doesn't even donate tissue. That didn't matter to Scott, who merely found another angle, changed some rules around, and then claimed they were being broken. Five other state investigations also turned up nothing, but that hasn't stopped the attacks on PP and women's health. In fact, they're getting worse and becoming more frequent.