There is a growing epidemic of anti-women sentiment among Republican representatives. Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, and H.W. Bush Republicans are most likely rolling over in their graves or cringing at the radicalization of their party. This malady has evolved along with the rise of the Tea Party. I don't say this frivolously. Look at the evidence.
"I'm pro life without exception. Understand though, that when we talk about exceptions, we talk about rape, incest, health of a woman, life of a woman. Life of the woman is not an exception." -- Rep. Joe Walsh (R - IL).
Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill that aimed to give fetuses "constitutional attributes and privileges" and did not include exceptions for cases of rape, incest or life-threatening pregnancies. Ryan and Akin also co-sponsored a 2011 bill identifying cases of "forcible rape" as the only exception to an existing law that withholds federal funding for abortions.
The bill eliminates funds for victims of statutory rape including women who are drugged and raped.
Not surprisingly Todd Akin (R-MO), co-sponsor of that Ryan bill, later famously said, "From what I understand from doctors, that's (pregnancy from rape are) really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Apparently Todd Akin thinks 32,000 rape pregnancies represents a rarity.
More importantly when is a rape legitimate? The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology says this represents 5% of the rapes in the U.S. That means there are 640,000 rapes a year.
Then there is the pièce de résistance. "Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen." -- Richard Mourdoch, Indiana Republican Senate candidate.
This was in response to whether a woman should be forced to bear the child after rape. How is it that the Mourdochs of the world know what God intended or didn't intend? How do they know that God didn't intend for such a heinous act to be corrected by an abortion? If the premise is that he and God believes life is precious then why did God allow Moses to drown thousands of Egyptians after parting the Red Sea.
In fact, why did God allow so many crimes of humanity to occur with no regard for precious life? The standard refrain is that God works in mysterious ways. Well, isn't it then possible that abortion is also one of God's mysterious ways? But I digress.
Republican anti-women positions are not just relegated to women's health issues but also to women's economic independence and safety. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 is the first legislation Obama signed into law. It ended the statue of limitations for filing a claim for wage discrimination which mostly affects women. When asked whether he would support the Lily Ledbetter act, Romney would not give a clear answer.
Then there is the Paycheck Fairness Act meant to deal with the wage gap between men and women. Republicans filibustered it twice.
On women's safety, Republicans opposed the Violence Against Women Act.
We all have women in our lives. This includes wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters and girlfriends who, irrespective of their party affiliation, are hurt by this kind of anti-women sentiment. Women and men who support them can change this.
Who you send to Congress is critical to what happens to women. In our district, Jack Uppal (D) is running against Tom McClintock. McClintock opposed the Lily Ledbetter and Paycheck Fairness Act. He also voted against the Violence Against Women Act saying it was a "feel good measure." Mitigating 640,000 rapes, which are acts of violence, is not simply a feel good act. And these figures are only for rapes.
What about the non-rape related violence which probably goes into the millions. Would Tom McClintock have the same cavalier attitude if the victims were men? This hypocrisy and insensitivity is consistent with his position on Medicare covering Viagra for men but rejecting insurance coverage of contraception for women's health. Tom McClintock is on the wrong side of women.
Jack Uppal believes in women, their rights and protections. His positions on ending gridlock, bringing jobs home, strengthening Medicare, reviving the Middle Class, and accelerating the positive trend in the economy will restore prosperity for all Americans.
Vote Jack Uppal. Go to jackuppal.com/issues.html for more information.