When you think of “pro-life,” does discriminating against women for using birth control and family planning services in a work environment spring to mind? If it doesn’t, you’re not GOP enough.
Against all odds, a House committee voted to overturn a new D.C. law on Tuesday. This pressing law that desperately needed overturning?
One that prohibits employers from firing women because they use birth control.
Still don’t think they’re coming for your birth control?
From the Washington Post:
A House committee voted to overturn a new D.C. law on Tuesday night that would ban discrimination on the basis of employees’ reproductive decisions.
The rare congressional effort to turn back a local law pleased social conservatives who view the measure as a threat to religious organizations that operate in the nation’s capital. But it signaled a potentially perilous new chapter in partisan relations between the liberal city and its Republican overseers.
Over outbursts from activists for D.C. statehood, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 20-16, and along party lines, to block the law. To succeed, the repeal would still have to pass a vote of the full House and Senate, and President Obama would have to sign it within the next two weeks.
The Post notes that Republicans urged House budget leaders to block funding for the reproduction discrimination law, just in case the congressional repeal doesn’t succeed before the May 2 deadline. And it probably won’t, so D.C. may be looking at a finance bottleneck.
Michigan Representative Tim Walberg took it a step further, and after the vote, attempted to lecture everyone on scripture:
“It is clearly taught by Jesus the Christ himself,” Walberg preached to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, “for those of us who believe in him — and I understand and I accept the fact that there are those who don’t — but he said render unto Caesar what’s Caesar’s and God what’s God’s, and I think that’s an important consideration for us on this committee tonight.”
He went on to claim that anti-discrimination laws are an attack against religion, and when called out on his stupidity, said, “While I will not wear my religion on my sleeve, I will not hide my faith.”
That is a recursive, self-similar pattern of utter obdurate wrongness; a Mandelbrot set of inelegant rhetorical horseshit.
When he preaches, he wears his faith on his sleeve — and it’s an ugly, mean spirited and hateful faith that hasn’t been in style since the 1300s.
All of this because Washington, D.C. made law the radical idea that you shouldn’t discriminate against women who make conscious choices with their bodies and it offended a few thin-skinned Christofascist theocrats.
[h/t DU cover picture WP]