War on Women: Real or Imagined?
Original post made by Cindy Cross on May 7, 2012
Abortion, Planned Parenthood funding, and equal pay for women in the work force are just a few issues that have come center stage in the debate concerning women. The catalyst was Rush Limbaugh's comments in February about Georgetown University Law Center student Sandra Fluke who appeared before House Democrats explaining the need for mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives. Limbaugh did offer an apology, but the genie was out of the bottle. Many conservatives came out to support Limbaugh, while many found his words offensive and unnecessary.
One agency the GOP has their sights on is Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a non-profit agency that provides gynecologic services which include birth control, screening for breast, cervical and testicular cancers; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; sex education, menopause treatments; vasectomies, tubal ligations, and abortion.
Mitt Romney has vowed to get rid of Planned Parenthood. "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." This would be devastating to poor and middle class women who depend on Planned Parenthood for their reproductive needs such as cancer screenings, preventative care, and birth control.
The sticking point for the GOP is abortion. Any association with abortion overshadows all the other services Planned Parenthood provides. "Getting rid" of an agency that provides poor women access to birth control could potentially back-fire on the GOP in the long term by a population explosion down the road. Setting aside abortion and birth control, Planned Parenthood provides valuable services that women would have no access to if Romney is elected.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill prohibiting tax money from funding non-abortion services by Planned Parenthood, and many other GOP controlled states are following suit. Texas attempted the same route, but U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued an injunction stopping Texas's defunding until he can schedule a trial and hear arguments on the issue.
Here are other issues effecting women around the country, to name a few:
• Wisconsin Senator (R) Glenn Grothman recently sponsored legislation that repealed the state's 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which paved the way for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court. According to Grothman, "You could argue that money is more important for men. Women were often more focused on raising children than earning money." Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law in April.
• Grothman also proposed a bill that would declare single moms a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
• Maryland Republicans ended all county funds for a low-income kids' preschool program, because, they reasoned, women should be home with the kids, not out working.
According to a Pew Research poll, Obama leads by 20% with women voters. In 2008, 43% of women supported John McCain, where only 30% support Romney. This is a huge gap for Romney. Is Romney pandering too much to the far right who support the Scott Walker and Glenn Grothman measures concerning women? Or are women who support Romney waiting to show up en masse in November? Either way, the GOP needs to find a way to attract women who are more centrist and not keen on setting the clock back to 1950.
on May 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm
These are dark days for the republican party with their war on everything except the banks and Wall Street brokers. So it comes as no surprise that they are treading down this path against women, which to some extension, follows their path of treating minorities as second class citizens. I think the best example for where the republican party stands in today's culture is in the one hit wonder Ted Nugent. An angry white male who who couldn't sell out a high school dance auditorium, yet speaks loud and clear for an out of touch party that thinks the women's rights should be decided by men - old out of touch white men!
on May 8, 2012 at 8:54 am
SteveP is a registered user.
Wow, John...not a rock and roll fan and apparently no alive in the 80's either. Here's some news for you John, Ted Nugent is not a politician, any more than George Zimmerman is a spokesperson for the democrat party.
On a related note (women's rights), this week, Muslim Day was organized at the state capitol: Web Link
No doubt in recognition for that religion/culture's contributions towards women's rights. No mutilations were have reported during this event.
From the article: "Monday's lobby gathering in Sacramento isn't tied to the national election. But it does reflect a realization that if you don't speak out, you can get run over."
on May 8, 2012 at 9:28 am
Heck, stevepee is right. When it comes to women's rights we're better than the Muslims for goodness sakes! How many Muslim wife own two Cadillacs for heavens sake? That's gotta be saying something. Let's continue to set the bar low enough so that pregnant women in most states who can't afford to travel out of state for an abortion will think twice before getting pregnant again. And down with Planned Parenthood. Rush is right. Women who seek birth control assistance are nothing but sluts. Well, not really sluts. But their sexual licentiousness is putting a great strain upon taxpayers in this country.