Despite the squawking, the whining and the flat-out dismissal from both genders on the right, the GOP have more than proved they take issue with women having rights. The evidence is overwhelming.
Did you know that in the first three months of 2011—after they gained control of the House— the GOP introduced 916 measures involving reproductive rights? NINE HUNDRED SIXTEEN in THREE MONTHS! They were sure busy concerning themselves with vaginas and ignoring what they should have been doing: working with Democrats to make this country better, working to get us out of the recession, working to create jobs and working to make sure we have affordable healthcare. The GOP knew if they chose to work with the Democrats, Obama would be seen as a president who successfully cleaned up the horrible mess the Bush Administration left behind
The Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and Mitt Romney are trying to buy the White House, and in the meantime, they throw chum to the public to feast on as they plow through our rights.
I’d like for you to know just exactly how the Republicans want to—and are— taking power away from women. It’s not all about abortion, although they really seem to obsess about it. There are too many women in this country who are not informed. This must change. Here are some shocking facts.
- In Kansas, a pharmacist can deny a woman birth control. Additionally doctors can refuse to refer patients to pharmacists who will fill birth control prescriptions.
- Every Senate Republican blocked the Equal Pay Act. “The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would require employers to prove that differences in pay are based on qualifications, education and other “bona fides” not related to gender. It also would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who ask about, discuss or disclose wages in response to a complaint or investigation. And it would make employers who violate sex discrimination laws liable for compensatory or punitive damages. Under the bill, the federal government would be exempt from punitive damages.” (The last sentence of this bill is alarming. It’s says “Do as I say, not as I do.” And that is wrong.
- In Wisconsin, Republican Senator Glenn Grothman introduced a bill that would criminalize single mothers. He refers to their unmarried status as a “contributing factor in child abuse and neglect.
- Republican legislators in Arizona passed a bill allowing doctors to withhold important medical information from their pregnant patients, making it legal for doctors not to tell a woman that she or her baby is facing a potentially life threatening issue. It’s a “wrongful birth” bill and the goal is to keep women from having abortions, even if death results. (How very pro-life of them).
The list goes on and on. Part of their strategy is to keep people arguing about the details—and boy, do they have a lot of details. As long as the public is distracted with this bill and that bill, the GOP successfully keeps your attention away from the bigger picture. That picture is where they dominate government and change the landscape of the America that we grew up in. The America that we felt proud of and when the word “patriot” had no association with a party that is looking to take a crap on what the founders intended. In any society that is on the brink of falling apart, women and their rights are the first to go.
Visit any Tea Party website or Facebook page, and you will see women dismissing the war that’s being waged on us. It’s frightening but it’s extremely important that all women really understand what’s at stake. This Kaiser Poll illustrates that only one-third of the women in the U.S. believe there is an “effort to limit access to reproductive services, including contraception, family planning and abortion.” Let’s change that by making sure every woman, and every person understands how important it is to get informed, to get involved, get registered and VOTE!
Kimberley A. Johnson is an author and The Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote, an organization standing up and fighting the war on women. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and “like” the Rock The Slut Vote Facebook page