Saturday, October 06, 2012

The Ladies Fight Back Against The Republican Party War Against Women


It would be a mistake to think the GOP War On Women is primarily about misfits like Todd Akin (and Paul Ryan who has cosponsored some of the most viciously misogynistic legislation with Akin ever seen in the history of the U.S. Congress). The entire deranged party has lost its way and has allowed itself to be turned into some kind of Bronze Age patriarchal parody by the mullahs of the religionist right. Satirist and social activist Lizz Winstead is the mind behind the new website, Lady Parts Justice and the video up top is their first effort to focus attention on sociopaths like Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his love affair with forced ultrasounds and other Big Government fascists trying to impose their religious beliefs on women's health with "creepy laws."

Although anti-Choice freak Chris Smith (R-NJ) saw his No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which went on about "legitimate rape," die in committee in 2010, it was co-sponsored by 186 right-wing crackpots including Akin and Ryan, of course, but also Boehner, Cantor, Steve King, Dan Lungren, Patrick McHenry, Buck McKeon, Joe Pitts, Denny Rehberg, Mike Rogers, Jeff Flake, Ed Royce and two dozen fanatical anti-Choice "Democrats" (Jason Altmire, Dan Boren, Bobby Bright, Chris Carney, Travis Childers, Jerry Costello, Mark Critz, Henry Cuellar, Kathleen Dahlkemper, Lincoln Davis, Joe Donnelly, Steve Driehaus, Brad Ellsworth, Paul Kanjorski, Dan Lipinski, Jim Marshall, Mike McIntyre, Charlie Melancon, Solomon Ortiz, Collin Peterson, Nick Rahall, Mike Ross, Gene Taylor, and Charles Wilson-- all of whom were either defeated for reelection or forced to retire with the exception of Critz, Cuellar, Donnelly, Lipinski, McIntyre, Peterson and Rahall).

It was re-introduced when the GOP took over the House and passed on May 4, 2011 251-175, although references to "legitimate rape" were excised from the bill. It subsequently died in the Senate. In the House every single Republican backed it-- including the ones with their own lady parts-- and 16 anti-Choice Democrats voted for it, including Joe Donnelly (Blue Dog-IN), who's running for Senate now and might have worked with his Republican allies to pass it had he been in the Senate then. Thanks DSCC for the wonderful candidate! Other Democrats who voted with the GOP in their war against women-- making it an officially "bipartisan" effort include Jim Matheson, Mark Critz and Mike McIntyre, all of whom are on DCCC life-support-- millions of dollars for their dying campaigns, dying because progressives don't want to hold their noses and vote for these reactionaries even one more time.

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