In tune with the GOP's earlier vote against motherhood and apple pie comes this instance, where the GOP prefers pedophilia to abortions. While one of those is not like the other, being in several cases integral to a woman's survival and certainly integral to women's rights, it certainly is interesting about the extent to which the Republicans will go to enforce their grab-back of theoconservatism without regard for when one squick cancels out another.
On Thursday night, hours before passing the tax cut compromise, House Republicans thwarted a bill that aimed to protect girls around the world from being coerced into child marriage. They opposed it because, they claimed, it might fund abortions.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), was blindsided. After the Child Marriage Protection Act passed the Senate with zero objection on Dec. 1 -- a rare feat these days -- it didn't seem like there was much to worry about.
But just before the vote began, Republican leadership blasted out a "whip alert" to GOP staffers with a message: Vote no. The alert claimed the bill cost too much and that a competing bill, introduced just the day before, would be better.
"There are also concerns that funding will be directed to NGOs that promote and perform abortion and efforts to combat child marriage could be usurped as a way to overturn pro-life laws," the alert read.
And so the bill, which needed a two-thirds vote to pass under the suspended rules, failed. Even some congressmen who sponsored the bill voted no.
But then these are the guys who have illicit gay sex in public restrooms and sleep with whores in diapers and on their fourth or fifth marriages while adhering to the words of a man who said anyone who remarries after divorce is committing adultery and liable to Gehenna. So I suppose shameless hypocrisy is par for the course. Of course this is also the Noun-Verb-9/11 party that won't vote for benefits for 9/11 Survivors.