On Thursday we told you about Andy Barr’s curious support from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a group which claims to represent 90% of the OB/GYNs in America. ACOG’s support is curious because they’re in favor of the Affordable Care Act’s robust safeguards for women’s health and Andy Barr wants to repeal and destroy the ACA — and ACOG’s support is even more curious since they’re an organization committed to ensuring the safe, legal and available access for women to abortion, and Andy Barr is not simply Pro Life but also firmly believes that survivors of rape and incest should be forced by the government to carry a fetus to term against their will.
The reason for ACOG’s support? Andy Barr is for sale. They paid him to push “medical malpractice” legislation to stop “frivolous lawsuits” and that’s what Andy did — so America’s OB/GYNs apparently think avoiding a rare lawsuit is worth more than a woman’s health.
Well, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will be happy to know how Garland H. Barr IV spent his Saturday morning: At a Pro-Life march sponsored by an “even in cases of rape and incest” group and hosted by Forcht Bank which is the bank of Karl Rove’s Super PAC, American Crossroads.
Andy’s update, featuring Forcht Bank:
Right to Life of Central Kentucky’s exciting flyer (a Patriotic Picnic at Karl Rove’s bank!):
And the event’s Facebook page which apparently indicates five people attended.
So… Andy Barr, who is funded by the stridently pro-choice American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, spent Saturday morning at a fundraiser for Right to Life of Kentucky, a group that believes — just like Andy Barr — that rape and incest survivors must be forced against their will to carry a fetus to term, and as such are opposed to such things as the Morning After Pill which is taken before a woman could even know if she was pregnant. In short:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is to Andy Barr as Andy Barr is to Right to Life of Central Kentucky.
You can read much more about the Central Kentucky Right to Life groups views on Rape & Incest on their website where they insist “every life is sacred” which is, undoubtedly, true:
Central Kentucky Right to Life’s website will also tell you that it is “rare for women who have been raped or who are victims of incest to become pregnant, yet it happens.”
It is rare, no doubt, because women’s bodies just shut down.
The fascinating views of Andy Barr and his allies know no bounds. Here’s more:
Abortion isn’t the cure for rape, only an intrusive procedure that has been found to compound a woman’s mental and emotional pain from a rape or incest situation. Two wrongs don’t make a right and this is especially true with rape and abortion.
And how about this gem…
The fact is that allowing abortion in instances of rape and incest would send a horrible message. It says that human life should only be protected if the woman consented to having sexual intercourse. This bases the protection of unborn children on the acts of the mother, not on the intrinsic value of human life.
That’s right folks… rape and incest aren’t crimes committed against women, they are the result of “the acts of the mother.” Because, you know, she was probably asking for it.
This is who Andy Barr is, who he consorts with, who supports him and who makes up his base. Andy Barr believes, like these extremists, that survivors of rape and incest must be forced against their will to give birth — and apparently that’s a politician 90% of America’s OB/GYNs have decided to support.
Oh… and that bill Barr is pushing, the one ACOG is paying him for? It’s a terrible piece of legislation that disempowers already unempowered patients… so the OB/GYNs aren’t just putting liability reform ahead of women’s health, they’re putting really bad liability reform ahead of women’s health. Read more about it here:
The bill says it is meant to improve quality of care and patient safety. In fact, the bill contemplates a system so biased and unfair that legitimate cases would never go forward for patients covered by the bill’s provisions including elderly Medicare recipients; elderly, poor and disabled Medicaid recipients; and seemingly anyone who takes advantage of the Affordable Care Act, including those purchasing private insurance through exchanges. The definitions of “health care liability claim” and “health care provider” are broadly crafted, to include not just traditional state medical negligence claims, but also claims brought against anyone licensed, registered or certified to provide health care services such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities. When legitimate cases are blocked from proceeding and negligence in hospitals and nursing homes is not properly exposed, patient safety suffers. We strongly oppose this bill.