The FAMILY LEADER - one of those innocuous sounding groups that in reality is about as much about actual families as the Democratic Republic of the Congo is ”"democratic,” has been flexing its political muscle throughout the Republican Presidential Nomination process in Iowa. From getting the republican candidates to sign its Christian version of Sharia Law in “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMILY,” to pressuring Iowa Republican lawmakers to ensure that Planned Parenthood receives absolutely no state tax dollars. Not to burst the Fox News bubble created for the Republican residents of crazytown, but it’s a well-known fact that Planned Parenthood does not receive any federal monies for abortions. Planned Parenthood gets $6 million in state tax dollars for providing birth control and reproductive health exams to poor women, unlike the oil companies that can receive upwards of $41 billion a year in federal subsidies or that the US spent $700 billion in 2011 on Defense spending in 2010 to continue blowing up places we have no business being in.
An unlikely foe in the religious right’s perverse war on women this past week was an elderly woman from central Iowa, who exchanged heated but respectful words with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) at a town hall meeting Tuesday. King has been making a lot of headlines recently over some crazy crap he said, but it’s important to remember that he’s been instrumental in attacking Planned Parenthood.
According to ThinkProgress, Shirley Grant went after King for wanting to defund Planned Parenthood and make it harder for women to get health care and “take charge of their destiny” and adding “I find it very offensive that men think they can tell women what to do with their own life.” (Source: Think Progress)
“When women want pro-choice and want to take charge of their destiny, you and your cohorts want to take funding away from Planned Parenthood. My daughter says, ‘throw out the word [birth control], Mom. Planned Parenthood isn’t that.’ She says it’s for hormone replacement and that means you use those pills for many, many, many different areas of women’s lives. I find it very offensive that men think they can tell women what to do with their own life,” said Grant (Source: Think Progress)
Here’s the video:
You know things are looking pretty bleak when a 70-something year old woman is more progressive and reasonable than the entire Republican Party.
Michael is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist extraordinaire, who co-wrote an award-nominated comedy, produces a chapter of Laughing Liberally, wrote for NY Times Laugh Lines, guest-blogged for Joe Biden, and writes a column for MSNBC.com affiliated Cagle Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, Youtube, and like NJ Laughing Liberally Lab. Seriously, follow him or he’ll send you a photo of Rush Limbaugh bending over in a thong.