I know that the current Republican Party leans towards white men. Mostly to “older” white men. I know that women are very intelligent people. I understand that there are differences between the genders. But, I cannot understand why the Republican Party seems to think that women are second-class citizens. I especially don’t understand how any woman can possibly defend the Republicans policies towards women. To bring up an old saying, “what are they smoking?”
The latest woman who claims that the Republicans are not waging a war on women is Marsha Blackburn. The Republican Representative from Tennessee says: “I find this war on women rhetoric just almost silly. Go back through history, and look at who was the first woman to ever vote, elected to office, go to Congress, four out of five governors.” Okay, I am not quite sure what she means by that either.
She went on to say trying to defend her opposition to the Fairness Paycheck Act, “The legislation was something that was going to be helpful for trial lawyers, and what we would like to see happen is equal opportunity and clearing up some of the problems that exist that are not fair to women,” she said. “We’re all for equal pay. I would love for women to be focused on maximum wage.” Question, if you are for equal pay, why aren’t you voting for it?
She claims that the Republican Party are the ones fighting for the rights of women. Okay, let’s take a look at their stances.
When it comes to health insurance, they feel that women should pay more for health insurance than men do. This clearly came out when Sec. Sebelius was grilled by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C during a congressional hearing. For years before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies charged more for premiums for women simply because of maternity care coverage. Since men didn’t need that coverage, they were charged less. In other words, if you were a woman, you paid more simply because you were a woman. Funny thing though, they did not charge men more for coverage since they were the only ones who were treated for testicular cancer or prostate cancer.
Yet, the Republicans seem to think that it is okay for women to be charged more because they are women. Women need maternity care, breast cancer care, uterine cancer, etc. That is how they look at “fighting for women’s rights” in health care.
The Republicans also want to allow private employers to decide what forms of birth control, if any, they will be allowed to have covered under their insurance plans. If an owner disagrees with an option, its gone from the plan! If they don’t like birth control at all, then birth control is eliminated from the plan. Not one of these Republicans have raised the issue of Viagra and other ED medicines being covered for men in their health insurance plans. We won’t even get into abortion coverage.
Speaking about abortion, Republicans across the nation have been doing everything possible to eliminate a woman’s right to choose. They are the party that claims they want government out of our lives, but are very willing to step into a woman’s life when it comes to abortion. The State of Alaska is even trying to pass a law that will define what is “critical health” status when deciding on whether or not an abortion is necessary. It will be the State of Alaska defining this, not the doctor. Additionally, the State of Tennessee, yes the same state of Marsha Blackburn, passed a law that can put women if jail if they give birth to a stillborn baby. It is mostly aimed at women who use drugs while pregnant, but it includes a whole lot more. One woman was institutionalized because she refused a C-Section after the doctor told her she needed it “because she already had one done in the past”. Turns out she gave natural birth to that child and a couple of more later. So much for government staying out of our lives.
They are passing voter restriction laws. Of course they are calling them Voter ID laws. Problem is that most people who have trouble getting the “proper” ID so they can vote are women. There was even a case in Texas during their primary where a female judge was not allowed to vote because she didn’t have the “proper” ID! Why is this suppression necessary? Because women are more likely to vote than men are. Plus, they often vote for the other side.
Of course they are against any “equal pay” measures claiming they are unnecessary. They are against raising the minimum wage even though 1 in 3 people making minimum wage are women with children. Their latest budget, which Ms. Blackburn supported, guts food stamps, snap, WIC, welfare, and other safety nets needed by single women with children.
Marsha Blackburn says it is the Republicans who are fighting for the rights of women. If this is what she considers fighting for women, as a husband and father of two daughters, I ask her to stop her fight. With friends like her, women in America don’t need any enemies!