by Glenn Littrell
It has been awhile since I have had the time to update or supplement this list (FEB 2011). In the time since posting this the right-wing has continued to create potential additions to it, the numbers are huge and to back track and list them would be a monumental task. They continue to put their foot in their mouth even though they have made so many apologies that it is clear they know its damaging them, but their problem is, and many of their apologies bare this out, they apologies for saying it out loud not for believing it. It should concern female Republicans that their male colleagues continually let the cat out of the bag so much that they should wonder what the guys are saying when they aren’t around.
It is too close to the election to take the time to compile the many additions and updates to this list… I will just list the most recent egregious ones in the following FaceBook post of mine following the Murdock statement in the Indiana Senate debate and a recent bill in Pennsylvania:
With right wing Republican candidates practically endorsing various forms of rape (Akin/Murdock) in their anti-abortion stance of protecting the fetus as a morale obligation they then show their hypocrisy by not extending the same moral obligation to the born child. They would condemn contraception to protect the yet un-conceived child, condone rape and incest to protect the unborn fetus, but deny a newborn child medical, and nutritional support simply because the mother had the indiscretion and poor judgment to conceive something as beautiful as a child, while being poor. There was a time in this country were poverty was not seen as an impediment to producing as family.
"...Mourdock ignited controversy when he said that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something that God intended to happen" during the final Indiana Senate debate on Tuesday evening. The president's campaign denounced the remarks earlier Wednesday, calling the comments "outrageous and demeaning to women...."
According to Murdock wouldn't the pregnancy of a single impoverished woman also be "something that God intended to happen"? The list of great people born to impoverished women, married or single would be endless.
1) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."
3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)
4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.
5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. [personal not: What do the morons propose that abandoned mothers do?]
7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.
8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
9) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't yet. Shocker.
10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).
1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011
"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011
3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011
4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011
5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011
6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011
7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, February 12, 2011
8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011
9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011
"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011
"Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011