In a surprise revolt, several Republican congresswomen removed their support for the proposed 20-week abortion ban, causing GOP leaders to cancel the vote. Concerns were raised by the women over the narrow exception for victims of sexual assault – rape victims would only be able to claim exemption to the ban if they could prove they reported the incident to the police.
Needless to say, self-righteous GOP radicals freaked out. The right-wing media attacked House Republicans for their “cowardice” and had hissy-fits all over the Internet.
Renee Ellmers (R-NC) caught major flack from sanctimonious blowhard Erick Erickson, a Fox “News” contributor and RedState blogger. Erickson blasted Ellmers calling her the “”GOP’s Abortion Barbie” (harkening back to his Wendy Davis insult) and claimed she “stabs pro-lifers in the back.”
Kevin McCarthy bails on a prolife event as Renee Ellmers stabs prolifers in the back. http://t.co/wnUE7ZqaqD
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 22, 2015
Renee Ellmers is the GOP’s Abortion Barbie. — Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 22, 2015
Another RedState blogger called Ellmers “Worse than a Democrat.” Leon H. Wolf wrote that Ellmers “has been one of the worst members of the GOP caucus” and called her “a cancer in the Republican caucus.” “Pro-life” blogger Jill Stanek was so angry, she tweeted about it and included the hashtag, #fu. Oh my! Obscene use of hashtags from such a pristine blogger. 😉
Breitbart’s senior editor-at-large, Ben Shapiro, tweeted “For GOP To Abandon Babies At 20 Weeks For Political Convenience Is Vile.” In a separate tweet he wrote, “If the GOP won’t stand with the unborn, it doesn’t deserve to stand.”
For GOP to abandon babies at 20 weeks for political convenience is vile. We may be watching the death of a major party in real time. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 22, 2015
If the GOP won’t stand with the unborn, it doesn’t deserve to stand. pic.twitter.com/wVnWThPHdA
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 22, 2015
Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist wrote “This level of incompetence and cowardice should alarm us all.” After stating that the GOP don’t have the “cojones” to fight, she wrote, “If Republicans can’t pass wildly popular legislation protecting innocent unborn children, what’s going to happen when they face difficult legislative battles? It’s best to view this as a very simple test for House Republicans. A test they failed miserably.”
A popular anti-choice site, Life Site News, focused on what they considered to be a victory – the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Maybe they don’t realize that taxpayer money never funded abortion.
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