GOP Not “Shutting That Whole Thing Down”


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The War on Women Marches On

Today is the one-year anniversary of former Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) infamous “legitimate rape” comments in which he remarked about the magical powers of women’s bodies to “shut that whole thing down” if they were victims of what former GOP presidential contender Ron Paul called an “honest rape.” Two months later, another GOP Senate candidate, Indiana’s Richard Mourdock, caused his own national firestorm when he said that pregnancies resulting from rape were a “gift from God.”

These sorts of inflammatory comments paired with the GOP’s policy positions in opposition to affordable access to birth control, abortion rights, equal pay legislation, and other family-friendly economic items like earned sick time represent an ongoing effort attacking women and their families.

Here are just a few things that have happened in the year since Akin made his noxious comments:

  • Threatening to shut down the government in order to deny millions of women and their families health care: As we’ve discussed previously in this space, Republicans are now threatening to shut down the government in order to defund Obamacare, which would deny the security of quality, affordable health care to millions of women and their families. Republicans, of course, have already voted more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare, including its no-cost birth control benefit and provisions that will ban insurance companies from being able to deny coverage because they consider breast cancer, having been a victim of domestic violence, or merely being a woman a preexisting condition.One conservative group, Heritage Action, launched a nationwide government shut tour today and said it will spend more than half a million dollars on ads to pressure lawmakers into shutting down the government unless Obamacare is defunded.
  • Congressman revives Akin-like rape talk, House GOP passes unconstitutional abortion ban: During the June markup of an unconstitutional ban on abortion after 20 weeks, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) made comments echoing Todd Akin’s infamous “legitimate rape” remarks. Franks, who defended Akin at the time he made those remarks, explained that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is “very low.” There are approximately 30,000 pregnancies resulting from rape every year in the United States.The full House of Representatives passed Franks’ bill the following week.
  • Renewed assault on abortion rights in states across the country: Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country continued the unfortunate recent trend of passing increasingly draconian and unconstitutional restrictions on abortion rights. As ThinkProgress noted today, this has already been one of the worst years for reproductive rights in memory and “abortion clinics are closing at a record pace.”Not only are Republicans enacting increasingly restrictive laws, they are going to increasingly desperate lengths to do so. Texas called two special sessions to pass its crackdown, while North Carolina legislators resorted to attaching a measure that will close most of the state’s abortion clinics to an unrelated motorcycle safety bill.
  • “Abortion Barbie” and “Retard Barbie”: Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) become well-known in Texas in 2011 for filibustering a bill that contained billions in cuts to public education and became a nationwide sensation earlier this summer when she filibustered a draconian crackdown on abortion rights in the Lone Star State. Since then, Fox News contributor Erick Erickson referred to the Harvard Law School graduate as “abortion Barbie” and, over the weekend, Texas Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Greg Abbott (R) thanked a supporter on Twitter after he referred to Davis as “Retard Barbie.”
  • Senators suggest offensive explanations for military sexual assault crisis: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) blamed the growing problem of military sexual assault on “the hormone level created by nature.” His colleague, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), instead suggested that perhaps pornography is to blame.
  • GOP governor attacks working mothers: Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) was asked to explain why the American education system “so mediocre.” Bryant responded that working mothers were to blame. This came just days after several Fox News commentatorslost their minds over the record number of women who are the primary breadwinners in their household.

We could go on, but you get the picture.

BOTTOM LINE: If Republicans care about winning over more women, they need to put an end to offensive comments about women and how their bodies work and, more importantly, stop supporting policies that undermine and attack the health and economic security of women and their families each and every day.

This Again?


By  ThinkProgress War Room

GOP War on Women Heats Up

It never really ended, but the GOP’s war on women is definitely back and more misogynistic than ever. Let’s go through a few things that have happened just in the past week:

BOTTOM LINE: Republicans didn’t learn a single lesson from their string of outrageous attacks on women last year and instead appear to be doubling down on their extreme views and offensive legislative proposals.

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By Katie Naymon and Evan Goldstein on

June 6, 2013

 Last year, when Republican candidates launched an all-out assault on women’s rights, we fought back, turning out in record numbers to protect the progress we’ve made.  But it turns out the party that brought us Todd Akin wasn’t done yet, and this week the GOP showed their true colors again.  Check out some of the highlights below, and SHARE with your friends if you’re as outraged as we are.
Can’t get enough?  Here are some more of the absolutely ridiculous comments that Republicans have made lately:
And the most troubling thing?  These aren’t gaffes.  This is what Republicans actually believe.  They would take us back to the 1950s, and that’s why all of us, women and men, need to come together like we did in 2012 and tell Republicans we’re not buying it.

Defeat :::::: Anti Woman Agenda


NARAL Pro-Choice America

Want to know the kind of world we live in? We live in a world where extremist groups actually brag about becoming a “political machine” to be able to more effectively marginalize and actually endanger women who don’t agree with them.

The Susan B. Anthony List is one such group. And this organization is raising millions of dollars to test its power in Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial race — with the intention of electing a slate of anti-woman candidates in 2014. And we know this will only lead to even more horrific state-level anti-choice laws in states across the country.

We have to match them dollar for dollar  to protect women, to protect choice, and to protect our constitutional freedom. Will you help us stand up to the SBA List and other anti-choice organizations like them?

SBA List’s positions are like a greatest-hits collection of anti-choice, anti-woman zealotry. They’ve called Todd Akin “an excellent partner.” They said they supported former Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments about pregnancy from rape that “life is always a gift from God.” They even defended Virginia’s forced ultrasound bill.

The SBA List is raising millions of dollars to elect a governor in Virginia who will try to pass even more extreme laws. And it’s coming for states across the country.

I’m trying to stop them. Will you help me stop them, and protect choice at all levels?

Ilyse G. Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Is your lawmaker Anti Choice


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May 2013
ACT NOW
When a Pregnancy Goes Horribly Wrong

What are they thinking? Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and SBA List are pushing a bill that would ban abortion for women who face a tragic diagnosis later in pregnancy.

Their bill originally targeted women who live in Washington, D.C., but that wasn’t good enough. Now it’s a nationwide ban! There are no exceptions for situations where continuing a pregnancy will place a woman’s health or ability to have children in the future at risk.

The entire U.S. House of Representatives needs to hear from pro-choice constituents like you. Even if your lawmaker is anti-choice, we need you to speak out against this bill now. 

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Fight Rep. Franks’ Nationwide Abortion Ban

Rep. Franks’ outrageous, unconstitutional abortion ban would set back women’s reproductive rights by decades. It would put some women with pregnancy-related complications in danger, and it could force women with no other options to seek illegal providers straight out of the 1960s.

We need to fight this one with everything we’ve got.

Please make an urgent gift to NARAL Pro-Choice America today to help us stop this legislative egregious attack and protect choice at all levels.  

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HALL OF FAME AND HALL OF SHAME
Hall of Fame: Pro-Choice Members of Congress Standing up to CPCsYou have to love it when members of Congress team up to hold anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” accountable for the lies they tell women. In the moment women most need accurate information to decide the future of their pregnancy and their lives, crisis pregnancy centers take advantage of that decision to drive their own political agenda.

Thankfully, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) are working to end this horrible practice with the “Stop Deceptive Advertising For Women’s Services Act.”

See how the “Stop Deceptive Advertising For Women’s Services Act” will help women  >>

Hall of Shame: SBA List

Susan B. Anthony List is an extreme anti-choice political group that has its sights set on becoming the NRA of the anti-choice movement. This explains why they are pursuing the NRA’s strategy of pushing politicians to support extreme measures that the vast majority of Americans oppose. SBA List is so out-of-step, they defended Todd Akin‘s statements about “legitimate rape,” oppose contraception, and back candidates who would deny abortion care even to rape survivors.

Find out how SBA List plans to ban abortion entirely >>

CHOICE IN THE NEWS

Still waiting for anti-choice politicians to condemn the sexual assault crisis in the military

Video: Ilyse Hogue talks about the non-controversy around emergency contraception on “NOW with Alex Wagner”

Illinois is one step closer to getting sex ed that works in schools

Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban is struck down in the courts

Note from Ilyse
If you’re a woman – or know one – who votes, you can thank Susan B. Anthony. This wasn’t a right that was given to us – it was won.That’s why it’s offensive that an extreme anti-choice group is working to take away women’s rights under her name.Susan B. Anthony List is an extreme anti-choice group that wants to ban abortion, birth control, and even sex for purposes other than reproduction. And they say they want to be as powerful as the NRA.Their strategy is already in motion. SBA List plans to spend $1.5 million in this year’s Virginia governor’s race and use it as their “proving ground” for 2014, when they can put their tested election activities to work in 33 Senate races nationwide.We won’t let SBA List stay under the radar. We partnered with American Bridge to expose SBA List for who they are, before they help elect more candidates that threaten our rights and women’s futures. See which candidates they’ve endorsed and how they plan to achieve their goal of banning abortion entirely.

Thank you for helping us stop SBA List. Together we can make choice real for all women.

My best, Ilyse Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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