There’s a GOP war on women, and women are fighting back with a counter assault on men. They’ll have to do something pretty drastic to stop male protectionist notions from becoming nationwide laws. Republicans are engaging in name calling, female insults and anti-woman rants. It’s not really about snatching subsidized healthcare away from the poor to cut government costs. The provisions they’re passing mostly expand existing government responsibilities. It’s about controlling women’s contraceptive and reproductive choices, whether insured, subsidized or self-paid.
The GOP drive to control women
Radio host Rush Limbaugh’s sexist comments are a symptom of a larger “Conservative” problem. A recent Mother Jones article discussed Rick Santorum’s long term woman bashing attitudes. In 1994 he said the country was “…falling apart because of single moms”; and he hasn’t changed his beliefs. If elected, Rick’s tax reform would eliminate the Single Head of Household designation, and that would increase taxes for single parents.
Mitt Romney’s comment, “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that,” was another cavalier dismissal of women’s reproductive rights. The Planned Parenthood website describes a 95 year history of providing education and health services to millions worldwide. Mitt would defund them with the stroke of a pen, and spend the money on Navy war ships. His platform also calls for cutting corporate taxes. He’ll take from the poor and give to the rich in the name of jobs creation, even though experts like Cornell Professor of Economics, Robert Franks, have shown that such trickle down economics policies just don’t work.
Women are already waging a war against men
Some women have already staked out the philosophical front lines in the man vs woman war. Here are a few of their strategies.
Defining the “personhood” of sperm
Had the Oklahoma state Senate allowed Constance Johnson’s amendment to SB 1433 to stand, she would have redefined life as beginning with sperm. Johnson’s amendment would have protected innocent life by controlling what a man could and could not do with his bodily fluids. Her fellow senators passed their “Personhood” bill without it.
Legislate to “Protect Men’s Health”
Ohio State Senator Nina Turner believes laws protecting women from their own reproductive decisions should include similar protective provisions for males.
- Counseling before receiving Erectile Dysfunction medication.
- Physician documentation that the patient’s ED condition isn’t psychological.
- Guidance to ensure ED medication is the “right decision for their bodies.
- A second psychological opinion that a man’s ED is a true “medical malady.”
Rectal exam requirement
After Republican legislators “pushed through a bill requiring that women undergo and pay for an ultrasound before being allowed to have an abortion,” Virginia State Legislator, Janet Howell proposed a bill of her own. “As a matter of basic fairness,” she wanted men to have rectal exams and cardiac stress tests before receiving Erectile Dysfunction prescriptions.
Thank goodness women are beginning to fight back.