Dispatches From The War On Women: Congress Just Doesn’t Get It

posted Jun 1, 2012, 1:41 PM by Robert Gbismarc Gallimore

>by Jessica Pieklo | May 31, 2012 |  11:55 pm |

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It’s hard to think of a day in recent memory that more succinctly sums up Republican attitudes towards “helping” women than the votes that went down in Congress Thursday. To start there was the vote on the deceptively-named and flagrantly offensive Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. Republicans paraded PRENDA as a beacon of their embrace of civil rights, their deep-concern for the well-being of unborn baby girls, and their sincere desire to see women of color not discriminated against in accessing health care. Seriously.

Then there is the Paycheck Fairness Act. Despite support in the Senate, and earlier passage in the House, Republicans blocked a vote on the bill today. Like the beleaguered Violence Against Women Act, the only real reason there’s opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act is because the Republican majority in Congress is opposed to any measure that, at its spirit, embraces the idea that women are full and equal participants in this economy and in this democracy.

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How can Republicans think any of that is a good electoral strategy when one-third of American women believe there is a wide-scale war on women afoot?

In case the picture isn’t quite clear, Florida offers us another good example of Republican opposition to women exercising their civil rights. The state enacted a stringent voter id and registration law and other “reform” measures including voter purges. Thankfully a federal judge has stepped in to put a halt to some of the state’s worst reforms as has the Department of Justice.

While we are asking questions, why aren’t women using more effective birth control?

Yesterday marked the third anniversary of the murder of Dr. George Tiller. The memorials, activism and advocacy around the occasion was a fitting tribute. Keeping them going every day forward would be more so.

Military moms get photographed breastfeeding in uniform and the right goes bananas.

Rebecca Traister brilliantly explores why single women terrify some.

Good news from Boston where a unanimous First Circuit Court of Appeals held a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Hooray! Supreme Court review is all but a given. In the meantime, lets celebrate this moment while we can.

It’s the final weekend before the Wisconsin recall election. Let’s keep the pressure on and vote Walker out!

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