Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It's Women's History Month 2013, and the Republican War on Women Continues

By Ebbtide


It’s Women’s History Month again, and the Republicans are still at it. Although Ann Romney   loves you women and Michele Bachmann has stated that the GOP is really very good on women’s issues, the proof is in the pudding ridiculous, offensive, soul-hurting comments they make about women and, more devastatingly, the horrible laws they try to (and often do) pass.

Hard to believe it’s been a year since my last post about the Republican War on Women. Last year about this time was when Rush Limbaugh was on his slut rant; Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell had just earned his “Governor Ultrasound” title; and the rest of the gang were doing everything in their power to marginalize and malign women. Hmm, how’d that work out for you guys come November 2012? What’s that?

According to CNN's exit polls, 55 percent of women voted for Obama, while only 44 percent voted for Mitt Romney… and women made up about 54 percent of the electorate. In total, the gender gap added up to 18 percent -- a significantly wider margin than the 12-point gender gap in the 2008 election.

But Republicans won’t let something like losing a Presidential Election stop them from doing everything in their power to keep the “little ladies” in their place. Let’s look at some of their more heinous actions during the past year, shall we?

Here’s a Moveon.org video about the subject:

 And now let’s "move on" in a musical fashion--


Hey, GOP, Lerner and Lowe were writing a musical, not proffering a manifesto, when they penned “A Hymn to Him” (Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man) with lyrics that included:

Women are irrational, that's all there is to that!
Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!
They're nothing but exasperating, irritating,
vacillating, calculating, agitating,
Maddening and infuriating hags!

Yep—that apparently is really what the GOPers think. Last year, my Women’s History Month post examined anti-woman legislation, month by month, but they’ve stepped up their game and amped their stupidity to the point where what the GOP doesn’t understand about women could fill a 12-book encyclopedic series. So this year, we’ll just have to restrict ourselves to the highlights lowlights of their incredible ignorance and denigration of women.

While we're on a musical bent, remember that great Sam Cooke song, What a Wonderful World It Would Be? Well, it's not a wonderful world with the Republican attitudes, but they certainly... 


While Ann Romney was LOVING YOU WOMEN, 2012 had the second-highest number of new anti-abortion laws enacted in the decades following Roe v. Wade. Rachel Maddow’s blog has a great recap of the Guttmacher report and its analysis of the new data,  that shows more than half of the 43 new anti-abortion laws of 2012 were enacted in just six states. 

Reproductive health and rights was once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services. Although this is a sharp decrease from the record-breaking 92 abortion restrictions enacted in 2011, it is the second highest annual number of new abortion restrictions.

As of 9/13/2012, according to Think Progress:
REPORT: HOUSE GOP HAS HELD 55 VOTES ON ANTI-WOMEN BILLS | House Democrats have released a new study tracking the House GOP’s harmful anti-women agenda. Since January 2011, the Republican-controlled House has voted 55 times on bills to “undermine women’s health, roll back women’s rights, and defund programs and institutions that provide support for women,” according to the report prepared by the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Democratic staff. The votes — including 17 about health insurance, 11 to cut access to preventive care, and 10 to limit abortion access — make up 5 percent of all the House legislative votes in the 112th Congress.
And although 2013 is just getting started, the anti-choice gang of Republicans are chipping away at reproductive rights from all angles, particularly on the state level.


Who can forget Foster Friess saying, “Want contraception? Put an aspirin between your knees.”  Yeah, that’s the kind of contribution Republicans are making to the conversation. Here is video clip  of the amiable Mr. Friess explaining things to an astounded Andrea Mitchell.

I could write interminably about Republicans’ views on rape, but eclectablog.com has put together some excellent graphics depicting the GOP Rape Advisory chart, so I’ll just let it speak for itself (NOTE--this is not something new with Republicans. They've been saying stupid, misogynistic things for MANY years.)

And if that's not enough, Volume 2:

And Volume 3:


U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) comment that it is "rare" for a woman to get pregnant after a "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Celeste Greig  who leads the California Republican Assembly, trying to clear up Akin’s comment, goes even further in the weeds.  "That was an insensitive remark," Greig said. "I'm sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized."
She then went on, however, to agree with Akin's premise that such pregnancies are uncommon.
"Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized," she added. "I don't know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don't know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act."


Sadly, it’s not only Republican men—their women seem to be almost as anti-woman (if THAT’S not an oxymoron, I don’t know what is)
Here’s the list of the ten female members of Congress who voted against protecting women from domestic violence and other forms of violence against women (note—they’re all Republicans, of course):
·         Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
·         Diane Black (TN-06)
·         Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
·         Renee Ellmers (NC-02)
·         Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
·         Vicky Hartlzer (MO-04)
·         Cynthia Lummis (WY)
·         Kristi Noem (SD)
·         Martha Roby (AL-02)
·         Ann Wagner (MO-02)


Let’s remember, women are the MAJORITY of voters in this country, and more and more, are standing up and being heard.
  • For an up-to-date listing of personhood bills and ballot initiatives and what you can do to help stop the madness, Resolve.org provides an incredible amount of information.

REMEMBER, from the 2012 campaign...

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