Pro-abort Katha Pollitt gave a nice run-down November 10 in The Nation of the possibilities before a Congress that will soon have much more pro-life passion coursing through its veins:

When the 112th Congress convenes in January it will have at least 53 additional antichoice Republicans in the House and 5 in the Senate…. Supporters of reproductive rights are looking at the most hostile Congress since abortion was legalized in 1973.

For years pundits have been reassuring prochoicers that conservatives don’t really want to get rid of abortion…. I’ve never believed this theory….

Most antiabortion activity is focused on smaller measures and takes place in the states, where some 600 antichoice bills were introduced last year, and where Republicans will now hold 29 governorships and both houses of 19 state legislatures. Add up enough small victories and eventually you’ve changed the reproductive rights landscape, both as a matter of law and on the ground….

Here are some of the antichoice efforts we’re likely to see in Congress in the coming months:

§?Reinstate the global gag rule [Mexico City policy], lifted by President Obama on his first day in office, which bars recipients of US foreign aid from so much as mentioning abortion in their work, and make it permanent [aka bans international abortion groups from receiving US taxpayer dollars].

§?Pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, aka Stupak on Steroids. This bill would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and reinterpret it to prevent any government department from funding any program that touches on abortion in any way, however notional…. The bill would also make permanent current bans like the one on abortion coverage in insurance for federal workers.

§?Pass the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would ban federal funds for any organization that performs abortions or funds organizations that do so. The aim is to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest network of clinics for family planning and women’s health [aka the United States’ largest abortion provider]….

§?Beef up so-called conscience protections for healthcare personnel and hospitals.

§?Ban Washington, DC, from using its own [plus federal taxpayer] money to pay for abortions for poor women.

§?Revisit healthcare reform to tighten provisions barring coverage for abortion care.

§?Preserve the ban on abortions in military hospitals.

Note that the official theme here is not the banning of abortion but freeing the taxpayer from having to pay for it, however tenuous the connection….

The problem for pro-aborts is “freeing the taxpayer from paying for [abortion]” is a winning issue.

What do you think of Pollitt’s analysis of the possibilities? Bearing in mind the Senate and presidency are still majorily pro-abortion, what do you think can be done between now and 2012? What do you think will be done?

Pollitt mentioned the various state pro-life majorities but didn’t broach what mischief they may cause. What legislation(s) do you think should be priorities in the states?

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