Thursday, May 24, 2012

GOP War On Women Aided By GOP Women Legislators

Meet the members of the new GOP Women's Policy Committee created with the aim of;
 “raising the profile of GOP women in their roles as lawmakers, highlighting their diverse achievements and providing a unique, unified voice on a wide range of critically important issues.”
Not once in this video did the members of the "Women's Policy Committee" mention reproductive rights, birth control, Planned Parenthood, access to prenatal care, child care, equal pay,  or contraceptives.  Think Progress took a look at their voting records and it was shameful.
  • Violence Against Women: Of the 24 women, 22 voted to rollback the Violence Against Women Act, backing a version of the bill that could violate the confidentiality of victims and that excluded protections for immigrants, LGBT people, and Native Americans.
  • Access to contraception: 21 of the 24 co-sponsored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” to take away regulations enacted under Obamacare requiring most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans, without additional cost-sharing.
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Of the 15 Republican Congresswomen who were in the House at the time, all 15 voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.
  • Paycheck Fairness Act Act: 13 of those 15 also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update the 1963 Equal Pay Act by closing many of its loopholes and strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination.
  • Reproductive health: According to Planned Parenthood, 20 of the 24 GOP women earned a zero score, voting against reproductive health at every opportunity. The average score for the women was under 6 percent.
The GOP has paraded Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), who usually stands quietly behind Speaker Boehner, in front of the media to loudly proclaim there is no war on women.  However, Rep. Rogers voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and had nothing to say in her defense on Meet The Press.  Planned Parenthood and Naral Pro-Choice America both give Rep. Rogers a 0% rating.  It's one thing to have personal issues with abortion and contraception, but its entirely a different story when you impose those personal beliefs on your constituents.   Hence, these republican women are enabling and aiding the republican war on women.  These GOP women may be wives, mothers and grandmothers but they vote like old white republican men. 

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