Thursday, May 17, 2012

Republicans declare war on women

Rachel Maddow last night brought up another example of the Republicans "War on Women." I'll get to that below. Now conservatives will say there's no Republican war on women. That's not correct. Let me remind my conservative friends of what you've been trying to do over the last couple of years.

1. Republicans want to get rid of Planned Parenthood. Last year's budget battle was all about Planned Parenthood. Even Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood. Now before you right-wingers say Planned Parenthood is about abortion, guess again. Or better yet, get some facts. Of all its services to women, Planned Parenthood does three percent abortions. What are some of the other services? Breast cancer screening, pap smears and family planning. Denying these health care services to women is not beneficial. It's negative to the health of the women of this country.

2. Virginia Republicans wanted transvaginal ultrasounds. Republicans initially wanted women seeking an abortion to have a transvaginal ultrasound. Folks, once Virginia women realized what that was, they protested vociferously and the Republicans backed down. They still want an ultrasound but now an external one. By the way what is a transvaginal ultrasound. It's done by sticking a probe up a woman's vagina. Sounds like rape doesn't it?

3. Republican opposition to women's contraceptives. Ninety nine percent of sexually active women have used contraceptives. Yet, in March, Rush Libmbaugh, de facto leader of the conservatives and Republicans called a woman a slut and prostitute for asking her private insurer to cover it. And then there is former presidential candidate Rick Santorum who thinks contraceptives are morally wrong. Contraceptives are not only used for birth control, they can be used to control cysts.

4. Republican opposition to the Violence Against Women Act. (VAWA) Republicans are seeking to roll back provisions that would safeguard immigrant women married to American men from domestic violence. They would be give a special visa if they were being abused. The purpose would be to allow a woman to seek safety rather than be forced to stay in an abusive marriage. That way the woman would not be deported. I have no idea why Republicans hate immigrant women. Maybe they think that they are property.

See, Republicans are doing things that are against women's interests. Anyway, here's Rachel's video. I've again embedded Kate Becinsale's hilarious Funny or Die piece and Jon Stewart's video on Virginia's transvaginal ultrasound piece.

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Funny or Die piece with Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer, and Andrea Savage.

Jon Stewart on Virginia's Transvaginal Ultrasound law

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