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Bachmann warns schools could offer abortions

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., warned on the House floor last night that schools could start offering abortions if health-care reform legislation becomes law. Here’s video of Bachmann’s remarks:

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  1. Submitted by Rich Little on 10/01/2009 - 02:05 pm.

    Hmm Michele. I know, let’s think about the horrible scenario where a father rapes his daughter and impregnates her. She then has to what, ask his permission before making an incredibly personal and painful decision to terminate the pregnancy? He should get a veto over what she can do with the child she’s carrying? She should have no choice in whether to tell him?

  2. Submitted by John Mostoller on 10/01/2009 - 02:21 pm.

    She’s not warning schools..If you listen, she’s asking a question for a meaning and a little more detail. A far fetched question – what if!!!

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/01/2009 - 02:45 pm.

    They’re already providing birth control without parental consent in public schools.

    I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to find mifepristone in a school nurse’s desk.

  4. Submitted by Wally Carr on 10/01/2009 - 03:29 pm.

    Is there any point where the righties feel the need to offer any evidence beyond their fevered imaginations?

    BTW, when, oh when, will Glenn Beck release his police records? I have no reason at all to believe he actually raped, murdered, and ate that poor girl, but I wish he would prove he didn’t and let us elevate the discussion a bit…

  5. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/01/2009 - 03:34 pm.

    First of all, any school nurse keeping mifepristone in a drawer and distributing it to minors without parental consent would be violating several laws, not to mention exposing themselves and the school to massive liablitity issues. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

    Second, here in Minnesota, school nurses are spread so thin as to limit their work to education and, in a very few cases, triage with kids who may have fallen ill during the school day. In most of the rural schools out in my neighborhood, there’s no such thing as a school nurse and hasn’t been for years. I’m sure this is also the case in much of the 6th Congressional District.

    Clearly, Mickey, and some of her supporters, here, could use a bit of research on the facts before they start spinning out possible yarns of non-existent school nurses conspiring to set up and cover up imaginary orgies in the halls of their local schools.

    Next thing you know, they’ll be demanding that we have nothing but “abstinence only” sex education. Oh, that’s right! Been there (for all the years of Bushco). Done that. DIDN’T WORK.

  6. Submitted by Howard Miller on 10/01/2009 - 03:49 pm.

    Michele Bachmann dreams up the strangest fiction -school clinics getting into the abortion business?!? A 13 year old getting an abortion AT SCHOOL? Then riding the bus home, parents none the wiser? Puleeeeze !!

    Never going to happen. Never was.

    Just more right wing fiction to stop more people getting health coverage at affordable rates through health care reform. Mrs. Bachmann should be ashamed, offering such surreal, dark, Kafkaesk speculation about something NO ONE IS PROPOSING.

  7. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/01/2009 - 04:24 pm.

    http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/06_pugmiret_condoms/

    “The Saint Paul School Board will let its high schools decide individually whether to provide birth control directly to students. Board members met until early this morning debating the controversial proposal to allow health clinics in those schools to distribute contraceptives. In a hastily-conceived compromise, parents, teachers and students at each school will now vote on the issue.”

    “Health clinics have operated inside Saint Paul High Schools for 25 years, providing prescriptions and vouchers to students for contraceptives. Teens must go to locations off school grounds to get the birth-control pills, condoms and other products. But clinic officials say many of the students they see never use the vouchers, and they’re concerned about increased cases of teen pregnancy and sexually-transmitted disease. Carol White is Executive Director of Health Start, the non-profit group that runs the clinics in Saint Paul high schools.”

    That was in 1999. Today, kids in any SPPS or MPS high school can walk in and get contraceptives, no questions asked, no parents consulted.

    No one with any insight into the issue believes for a minute that the in-school clinics do not provide referrals to Planned Parenthood for girls needing their “special treatment”.

    Anyone with kids in a public school that didn’t know about this should take a moment to seriously consider spending a bit more time learning about what they send their kids into everyday.

    Spouting uninformed comments online is one thing, but I think everyone would agree our kids are worth the investment in time.

  8. Submitted by dan buechler on 10/01/2009 - 04:27 pm.

    Howard you hit a home run with your comment. This is a diversionary tatic, a fund raising spiel, a bad use of public time.

  9. Submitted by dan buechler on 10/01/2009 - 04:54 pm.

    Thomas Swift, would you prefer that students go bareback? Even in WWII the army saw the need for condoms. I do respect your point of view however honestly. I would like to read your thoughts on another american holocaust of premature death due to no health insurance.

  10. Submitted by Aaron Klemz on 10/01/2009 - 05:18 pm.

    Contraception does not equal abortion. There’s nothing close to equivalency between providing access to contraceptives like condoms and “whisking kids off to the sex clinic” to have an abortion. The particular section of the bill about “referrals for specialty care” has nothing to do with abortion, at all. It’s the same Bachmann-paranoia-speak that we should all be used to by now where logical meaning is less important that “signs” and paranoid fantasy.

  11. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/01/2009 - 06:07 pm.

    These responses leave me speechless. Congratulations.

  12. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/01/2009 - 11:27 pm.

    It’s unfortunate we’re only given a snippet of Rep. Bachmann’s comments. I’d like to imagine that she began her remarks by quoting the language giving rise to her concerns, but by now I’m too familiar with her approach.

    It’s worth noting that she delivered this at 6:45 p.m., presumably to an empty House chamber.

  13. Submitted by Ann Richards on 10/02/2009 - 02:02 am.

    I am curious that only men have commented on this story. Why is that? And I am gratified that Thomas is speechless.

  14. Submitted by Wally Carr on 10/02/2009 - 06:16 am.

    The comment about a school nurse distributing an abortifacient is unsupported. Whether or not contrceptives are distributed proves nothing about it.

    So the comment about mifepristone is either a deliberate lie, an honest delusion (akin to knowing the contents of sealed ballot envelopes, perhaps), or a cheap rhetorical trick.

    In any event these are situations which already do (or do not) exist, and are not dependent upon the health care bill. In sum, a distraction from the fact that the Repubs have no plan except protecting insurance company profits.

  15. Submitted by dan buechler on 10/02/2009 - 06:33 am.

    Aaron, your comments are right on. Contraception precludes abortion. It can even be the middle ground of politics. The most common sex clinic is probably the local HMO and many of the poorer kids do not have access to it. Again its a public health issue better left to health professionals and not some attention starved politician.

  16. Submitted by John Roach on 10/02/2009 - 11:48 am.

    Bachmann is apparently unable to distinguish between health clinics in schools and “abortion” clinics.

    The legislation that she is lying about also states quite clearly that any clinics funded by the bill would be required to comply with all applicable state and federal laws. Here is Minnesota’s statute regarding abortion services provided to minors:

    https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=144.343

    As usual, Bachmann is demagoguing a thing that will stir up her more poorly informed and fearful supporters, but which is completely and provably false.

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