Republicans Have Lost the War on Women


The Republican “War on Women” is a “cold war,” but it just got hotter. There were no guns or grenades. It was characterized by politicians who advocated the prevention of abortion in cases of rape and incest, and even an effort to redefine rape to include only “forcible rape.” Republicans have cut funding for Planned Parenthood, and even made it legal to kill doctors in South Dakota who perform abortions.  In Texas Republicans have passed laws requiring that a woman must undergo violation by a vaginal sonogram and listen to the heartbeat of her unborn child before she is allowed to have an abortion. She is then required to spend the next 24 hours contemplating the abortion before she is allowed to proceed.

Just as women are gaining momentum in this war, Todd Akin, the Republican Congressman from Missouri, who is now running for Senate, shared with us his astute ideas about rape, and his scientific assessment about whether pregnancy could result from rape. He said:

The amazing thing is not that Akin holds these views. The amazing thing is that he said them in an interview.  Even more amazing is the fact that Akin currently serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.   However the most amazing thing about Todd Akin is that he and Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill to re-define rape as only forcible rape.” Thus Akin’s use of the term “legitimate rape” could easily be substituted with “forcible rape.” Paul Ryan, Romney’s pick for his Vice Presidential Candidate, agreed with Akin that abortion should only be allowed in cases of “forcible rape.” Ryan felt so strongly about the importance of distinguishing between “legitimate” rape, and non-legitimate rape, that he felt it appropriate to propose a bill in Congress to establish a difference in the consequences of the two.

In a sense of panic, Republicans around the country, have called for Todd Akin to withdraw from the race in Missouri, so that they can replace him with another Republican, before 5:00 p.m. today. If Todd Akin voluntarily withdraws by 5:00 today, the Republicans can nominate another Republican, who might not be stupid enough to proclaim what he really thinks, on national television.   Mitt Romney and other Republican Senators have urged Todd Akin to step aside and withdrawn pledges of funds for his campaign.  The ironic thing is that none of the Republicans have called for the withdrawal of Paul Ryan as the VP candidate to run with Romney.

While Republican leaders have condemned the words of Akin, it seems they only object to the fact that he disclosed his position at an inopportune time. It is not as if they were unaware of Akin’s positions before he shared his perspective in a televised interview.  Akin was endorsed by such prominent leaders of the GOP as Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee.   Mr. Akin advertises the 20 other Republican politicians who have endorsed him too.

Unfortunately for the Republican Party, unlike Sarah Palin, Mr. Akin says he is not a “quitter.”  “By the Grace of God, we’re going to win this thing.”   Like Sarah Palin, Todd Akin invokes God’s name in a fit of desperation, hoping to convince the electorate that God wants him to win.  Like Sarah Palin, Todd Akin is destined to be Undefeated.

The Republicans have been embarrassed by other scandals in the last few weeks. Everybody agrees that Jerry Sandusky is a vile excuse for a human being. Nobody is talking about the fact that he is a Republican.  Nobody’s talking about Gregory Peterson, a Republican activist and member of the church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake, who is on trial for the rape of four women. One of his victims met Peterson at a Republican fundraiser hosted by a singles group of a local LDS Church. Nobody is talking about the FOIA request made of Homeland Security regarding the meeting of Todd Palin, and David Chaney (one of the Secret Service agents involved in the Colombia prostitution scandal).  That was the meeting in which Todd introduced David Chaney to his prostitute Shailey Tripp, so that he could be serviced while in Alaska checking out Sarah.

Perhaps in November when women turn out in record numbers to vote for Barack Obama, somebody will be talking about the victor in what was a cold war.  Perhaps when the 2012 election is over, the cold war will be over.  Men and women around the country will say to the Republican Party:

You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.”

(Rufus Sewell the antagonist in Knight’s Tale, who lost the joust)


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  1. Mitt forced a women to give away child after Mormon soft rape !
    Mitt is a lifetime Mormon cult servant, Sunday teacher , priest.
    This RAPE language also contained in a abortion bill Ryan co-sponsored last year.

    Mitt can never separate religion form politics. religions was business life for Mitt. President Mitt the priest is middle east age like…just many more crusades…


    1. daisydem,
      It is frightening to think that a man like this could be put on a committee for science. It sounds like the only committee that would be appropriate for him is the committee on ear marks for holy water.


    2. It’s the same scary as Bachmann on the “Intelligence Committee” with access to top secret information…is Boehner braindead, or just alcohol challenged? Or does someone have something on him that he had to give these people seats they no knowledge of, and no buisness being in?


      1. Sally,
        That is very frightening! It’s like a skit on SNL to think of Bachmann in the “intelligence Committee.”


  2. It is my hope that the Republicans have cooked their own goose by adding support for a “human life amendment” to the GOP platform.


    I could not have an abortion because I believe that life starts at conception but that is because of a religious belief. Given that I also believe that church and state should be separated (which the GOP seems to not believe), then it follows that laws cannot and should not be enacted for religious reasons/beliefs.

    SP touts the founding fathers so much, is able to name Thomas Jefferson (only) but it is strange that she does not realize that he was a strong proponent of the separation of church and state. But then her knowledge of American history is definitely sketchy.

    These people scare me. I guess the religious right has hijacked the Republican party nationally, not just in Texas.


    1. I find your comment extremely disheartening. The fact is, you-like many other fortunate women, have never been faced with being pregnant after being a victim of rape. You’ve been lucky enough not to have had a family where incest was committed. You also have never faced an agonizing decision like women bearing infants with fetal deformities so severe their child either would not survive pregnancy, would be born only to die, or in which carrying the pregnancy to term would threaten the mom’s own life.

      The fact is that unless you find yourself in such circumstances it is pure speculation as to what choice you would make. You don’t know that you could never abort, you just have the luxury of maintaining that pleasant fiction. Never say never. The day may come when you, or perhaps a daughter, sister, niece or close friend may be faced with such a heartbreaking dilemma. One in three women in this country will have an abortion. Many of those women also believed they would never have to make that decision. Some of them had religious objections but then reality set in and they were forced to make a very difficult decision. One in three.


  3. Lol…a friend of mine said we should get the Republican Party ” Scared Straight” and send them to stay a day in a prison…Free Vaseline samples…I laughed so hard…yeah I said I bet that would change the dynamics…may be we can force them to a mental health evaluation for saying THREATENING things about our government…and the judges will make them stay a month…may be that is worse than prison? Story of that was on CNN…something about a veteran whining on Facebook…so they came and carted him away…now if we could do that to the politicians? lol..


  4. A woman can only be pregnant once every 9 months Yet a man can impregnate countless women in the same time frame.When is castration going to enter the conversation? You leave my body alone and I’ll do the same for you!


  5. This just adds to the Republican 4G platform: Guns, God, Gays & Gynecology. The hubby wants a bumper sticker that says: Not Rich, Not Stupid, Not Republican.
    These people really make me ill.


  6. A Must-See Video: Rachel Maddow proves there’s no point putting lipstick on a chauvinist pig.

    She exposes how Conservatives have been spreading their vile “raped women don’t get pregnant” lies for over 30 years … how Paul Ryan’s been trying to dismantle women’s reproductive rights for over a decade … and how he and Mitt have tried to shrug the whole thing off in the past few days:

    Any woman planning to vote Republican this November who does NOT immediately have her head examined risks giving Conservatives the right to have her reproductive organs examined.


    1. Grrr!
      Thank you so much for that link! I just finished watching it and will post it later this afternoon as a separate post. I love Rachel Maddow!


  7. Mitt, the Maternity-Meddling Mormon, Part 1:

    “By 1983, [Peggie] Hayes was 23 and back in the Boston area, raising a 3-year-old daughter on her own and working as a nurse’s aide. Then she got pregnant again. Single motherhood was no picnic, but Hayes said she had wanted a second child and wasn’t upset at the news. ‘I kind of felt like I could do it,’ she said. ‘And I wanted to.’ By that point Mitt Romney, the man whose kids Hayes used to watch, was, as bishop of her ward, her church leader.

    “But it didn’t feel so formal at first. She earned some money while she was pregnant organizing the Romneys’ basement. The Romneys also arranged for her to do odd jobs for other church members, who knew she needed the cash. ‘Mitt was really good to us. He did a lot for us,’ Hayes said. Then Romney called Hayes one winter day and said he wanted to come over and talk …

    “They chitchatted for a few minutes. Then Romney said something about the church’s adoption agency. Hayes initially thought she must have misunderstood. But Romney’s intent became apparent: he was urging her to give up her soon-to-be-born son for adoption, saying that was what the church wanted. Indeed, the church encourages adoption in cases where “a successful marriage is unlikely.”

    Hayes was deeply insulted. She told him she would never surrender her child. …

    “In that moment, she also felt intimidated. Here was Romney, who held great power as her church leader and was the head of a wealthy, prominent Belmont family, sitting in her gritty apartment making grave demands. ‘And then he says, “Well, this is what the church wants you to do, and if you don’t, then you could be excommunicated for failing to follow the leadership of the church,” ‘ Hayes recalled. It was a serious threat …

    “Romney would later deny that he had threatened Hayes with excommunication, but Hayes said his message was crystal clear: ‘Give up your son or give up your God.’


  8. NEWSFLASH. It is now law and mandatory that ALL republican men deposit their sperm into ALL republican women daily. Republicans have agreed to a special Federal Tax on their republican tax returns to fund the Republican Save All Potential Republican Children Act. This fund will pay for and support ALL potential children of Republicans from conception to death. All cost covered. Additionally all use of asprin will be ban and illegal to ALL republican women. Also ALL republican women must not bleed monthly and shed an egg as to not prevent a child, Republican men must not masturbate it is now illegal, as every sperm is a potential republican child.


  9. Seems to me that Republicans should be happy with AKIN as he has only said what republicans believe. I do not understand why they throw him under the bus.


    1. BLM,
      They are throwing him “under the bus” only because he SAID what they believe and advocate. Now when Romney is already having problems with women, Akin makes it worse. What is really so bad is Akin’s connection to Ryan and that makes Romney look like a fool!


  10. Mitt, the Maternity-Meddling Mormon, Part 2:

    “In the fall of 1990, [feminist Mormon organization] Exponent II published in its journal an unsigned essay by a married woman who, having already borne five children, found herself facing an unplanned sixth pregnancy. She couldn’t bear the thought of another child and was contemplating abortion. But the Mormon Church makes few exceptions to permit women to end a pregnancy …

    “Then the woman’s doctors discovered she had a serious blood clot in her pelvis. She thought initially that would be her way out—of course she would have to get an abortion …

    “One day in the hospital, her bishop—later identified as Romney … paid her a visit. He told her about his nephew who had Down syndrome and what a blessing it had turned out to be for their family. ‘As your bishop,‘ she said he told her, ‘my concern is with the child.‘ The woman wrote, “Here I — a baptized, endowed, dedicated worker, and tithe-payer in the church — lay helpless, hurt, and frightened, trying to maintain my psychological equilibrium, and his concern was for the eight-week possibility in my uterus — not for me!

    Romney would later contend that he couldn’t recall the incident, saying, “I don’t have any memory of what she is referring to, although I certainly can’t say it could not have been me.” … [sound familiar ?]

    The woman told Romney that her stake president, a doctor, had already told her, ‘Of course, you should have this abortion and then recover from the blood clot and take care of the healthy children you already have.’ Romney, she said, fired back, ‘I don’t believe you. He wouldn’t say that. I’m going to call him.’ And then he left. The woman said that she went on to have the abortion and never regretted it. ‘What I do feel bad about,’ she wrote, ‘is that at a time when I would have appreciated nurturing and support from spiritual leaders and friends, I got judgment, criticism, prejudicial advice, and rejection.'”

    [same source as Part 1]

    Phew … now that I’ve gotten all that out of my system … I’m sorry, Malia, for posting such huge chunks and taking up so much space here. I won’t post any more on this.

    It’s just that, due to personal tragedy AND having fought for over 30 years, when I look at what’s going on in this country these days re: women’s reproductive freedom, I go ever-so-slightly nuts.

    I just can’t BELIEVE we’re still having to fight this fight !! … especially when our country has SO many other pressing needs.

    But, be that as it may, THANK YOU for being part of the solution, and for helping to raise awareness about this.

    Again, I apologize for my self-indulgence, both to you and those commenting here — those who are pro-choice AND committed to backing it up with their vote in November, that is !


    1. GRRR!
      Thanks for sharing this story. I had heard it before but not with this detail! I try really hard not to post two articles on the same topic in the same day, but I just couldn’t help myself today! Akin and his comments are so typical of all that we fight against, but often the GOP is smarter than Akin was and won’t say what they really mean. Thank you!


      1. I can just imagine that if some wealthy, high-visibility, high-ranking, on-the-record Pro-Life Conservative woman ever DID pregnant and, for whatever reasons, decided NOT to keep the baby, she’d arrange to have a secret abortion.

        God knows she could call Sarah Palin for advice.


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