If you see a smily face on this blog, I didn’t put it there and I don’t know how to get rid of it.
There are so many things happening in the US that, if the Republicans have their way, will push American women back to the time right after WW II until the early 1970s…and in many ways back even further than that.
Although I am not a dues paying member, I do get e-mails from Move On Organization which seems to focus on many of the same issues I support. Since I try to keep an open independent mind, I do look at all sides. I’m not seeing much I like these days from the other side.
This is a list that was most recently compiled concerning the Republicans and women. On the surface we hear, “We must balance the budget”, but when one more closely examines the cuts they wish to make, it appears the great majority of cuts directly affect women or children the greatest. I am glad I am not a legislator having to deal with this issue, but I do believe reexamining tax obligations of corporations and the top echelon of US citizens might be a prudent thing to do.I also believe it is time for the Republicans to open their eyes and see the real world of the women who do not live in the top 3% of wives of Republicans. They refuse to think of the millions of women in the US who are below the poverty line, or are struggling because they are not much more above it.
My comments are in Italics.
Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP’s War on Women
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.” Does that include male victims of rape or just female?”
3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.) Let’s kill the “killers”. Makes a lot of sense, uh huh.
4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. It has taken government intervention to keep the most basic of food on many families’ tables. Don’t we have enough problem with feeding the needy already? How many more babies and children do we want to die in the United States?
5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. I am so proud of Rep. Jackie Speier who spoke out in the Representative chamber about her traumatic experience concerning having a D & C to save her own life. Am I in favor of abortion? Not if alternatives can be found. Do I believe I have the audacity to tell another woman what she can and cannot do with her own body? Hell no and neither do any of the other Republican gentlemen who want to keep their wives in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant. (Often times with no desire to be a care giving father for their own spawn.)
6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said.Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. It was OK for women to work in huge numbers during WW II but not now when two incomes are needed for a family to survive or their is no second income and she is the sole provider.
7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool. This at the time when we are being flooded by undocumented workers who can’t speak English.
8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens. Let’s just put them all on ice floes like the natives did in times of famine the polar regions.
9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country. Planned Parenthood does so much more for the community than just provide abortions. There was a time early in our marriage after we moved to Texas that my ex would not stop using his credit card and therefore spent all the money except enough for food and utilities before his paycheck ever arrived. I went to Planned Parenthood for financial reasons because they were cheaper than going to a doctor.
10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).
1. “‘Forcible Rape’ Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding,” The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206084
“Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced,” Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205961
2. “Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As ‘Accusers,'” The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206007
3. “South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors,” Salon, February 15, 2011 http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/02/15/south_dakota_abortion_killing_bill
4. “House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows,” National Journal, February 9, 2011 http://nationaljournal.com/house-gop-proposes-cuts-to-scores-of-sacred-cows-20110209
5. “New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion,” Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205974
6. “Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids,” Think Progress, February 16, 2011 http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/16/gop-women-kids/
7. “Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli,” The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011 http://www.tnr.com/blog/83387/house-republican-spending-cuts-pell-education-usda-pbs
8. “House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy,” The Hill, February 16, 2011 http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/144585-house-gop-spending-cuts-will-devastate-women-families-and-economy-
9. “House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding,” MSNBC, February 18,2011 http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/18/6080756-house-passes-measure-stripping-planned-parenthood-funding
“GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds,” Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011 http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/02/09/gop-spending-plan-x-ing-out-title-x-family-planning-funds/
“Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women,” Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011 http://www.blogforchoice.com/archives/2011/02/birth-control-f.html
I talked with a very knowledgeable friend Sunday about this all out attack on women. She reminded me of the rise of the feminine that is taking place all over the world. The patriarchs are scared stiff of the power the feminine is gaining and will do all in their powers to take as much power out of the hands of women as they can. It is evidenced in Wisconsin, in Texas, and in the federal government. I do not doubt it is happening in all the other states too.
It is time for women to stand and say enough is enough! It is time to stop denying our spirits and gather together to stop all these attempts to turn the clocks back. Do you agree?
Namaste Attic Annie