The campaign to showcase the GOP’s “War on Women” has been a total success. Women are discussing everything from contraceptive coverage to long overdue membership at Augusta. And as women are becoming more engaged in the political system, looking carefully at candidates at every level, and educating themselves about what is really being proposed by conservatives – the President’s numbers are rising. Recent polls show he holds a 20 point lead over any Republican challenger among women voters.
Republicans are losing their minds. Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC, in an attempt to blame the media for the female fury, successfully compared women to caterpillars. Sen. Mitch McConnell has tried to dismiss everything as a partisan play, calling it a “manufactured issue“. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said the War on Women was “false” and “political theater.”
Sadly, the attack on women is not false or manufactured. The conservative party in this country continues to show total lack of support, concern or respect for women and their needs. Republicans are working to completely defund Planned Parenthood, an organization which provides STD testing, contraceptive counseling, pregnancy testing and other services to women who have limited resources. They have stated, regardless of a Supreme Court decision, a newly (if) elected Republican Administration will repeal the Affordable Care Act, a law which expands the preventative care a woman can receive without copays, provides thorough contraceptive coverage, eliminates the ability of insurance companies to base health plan premiums on gender — and for the children these women raise — the act eliminates preexisting condition clauses for children under 19 and allows children up to the age of 26 to remain on parents plans. The GOP has proposed a budget in the House that slashes funding for WIC, SNAP and Medicaid- programs that millions of women and their children rely on for nutrition and economic security. Republican led state congresses and Republican Governors are drafting and signing laws limiting health care services, forcing invasive testing, requiring women to disclose private medical histories and even authorizing termination from employment for using contraceptives.
So is this trend in the Democratic party, successfully rallying women around the Progressive movement “Political Theater?” Sure. And the show MUST go on!! Pull the curtain on the party of family values who only values families they deem worthy. Shine a spot light on how men are deciding how women receive treatment and what kind of care is acceptable. Unite the chorus in demanding the government stay out of our vaginas and choreograph a dance all the way to a reelection in the fall.
Women all across the country will rise and give the outcome a standing ovation.