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  • Sunday, February 20, 2011

    From MoveOn.org: Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

    It is really disgusting what the Teabagger Republicans are trying to do in America. They are trying to protect rapists and encourage murder...quite literally. They are protecting tax breaks for the richest 10% of America by cutting education, family planning, and programs to fight AIDS and poverty. It is disgusting and it needs to stop.

    From MoveOn.org:

    Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

    1) 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.

    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 proposed 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.

    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) Congress voted yesterday on 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.

    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).

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    Sources:

    1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206084&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=6

    "Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205961&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=7

    2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206007&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=8

    3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206102&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=9

    4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206103&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=10

    5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205974&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=11

    6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011
    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/16/gop-women-kids/

    7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206104&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=12

    8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011
    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/144585-house-gop-spending-cuts-will-devastate-women-families-and-economy-

    9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206122&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=13

    "GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206105&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=14

    10. Ibid.


    Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206106&id=26177-5690110-B9TMjVx&t=15

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