Conor Williams, writing for The Washington Post blog, PostPartisan
Williams is referencing the GOP killing the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010” in the US House.
According to The Huffington Post:
The bill would ensure that child marriage is recognized as a human rights violation, and develop comprehensive strategies to prevent such marriages around the world. The legislation seemed likely to garner strong bipartisan support in Congress, and in the Senate, it did. But last night, the bill was voted down in the House by Republicans who argued the bill is too costly and could lead to increased abortions — gripes the measure’s supporters say have no basis in reality and are just excuses to kill the popular bill.
The measure, introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), passed the Senate by unanimous consent and attracted a list of 42 cosponsors, including Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)…The House version, introduced by Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), had 112 cosponsors. What’s interesting is that some of them — such as Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) — actually voted against the bill. In the end, only 12 Republicans backed the measure; nine Democrats defected to the GOP side. So what happened?
This week, a GOP whip alert went out about the child marriage legislation, saying that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) all oppose it.The email: “S. 987 authorizes $108 million over 5 years without sufficient oversight of the taxpayers’ money…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.”
There is no justification. None. There is NO WAY to pretend there is no class war, and no war on the poor, be they in the U.S. or outside of it. The fact that Republicans are envisioning the issue of child marriage being usurped to loosen abortion restrictions betrays their own playbook: They will usurp any issue to serve the interests of the rich, so why wouldn’t those bleeding hearts usurp this to kill babies? It’s what we would do!
Our political system is completely broken.
(Source: The Huffington Post)