Ken Collins: Republican woes
April 7, 2012
Call it election rhetoric? I don't think so. The GOP is whining about those Dems trying to turn women against their party. Well, guess what, Republicans, you're doing such a grand job alienating women that the Democrats just have to sit back and watch. Almost every state with a Republican governor and/or legislature has initiated bills that restrict something that has been legal for more than a generation and a half. And women's choice still has a majority of support in America. Women want to have control of their own bodies, that's all.
The term pro-life always has been a misnomer. It's really anti-choice. No one likes abortions. But they are a necessary thing for a lot of various reasons.
This argument goes way beyond a choice. The GOP is trying to restrict or defund Planned Parenthood because they think it promotes abortions. Less than 3 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is abortion related. In fact, the number of abortions in this country have been drastically reduced because of Planned Parenthood. A vast majority of the organization's work is related to women's health issues and family planning, pre- and post-natal care, pre-cancer screenings, hormonal therapy and more.
To have a bunch of white men trying to stop Planned Parenthood's work seems almost criminal. They say "just defund," but they know it will disappear in a lot of places, especially in these economic times. Forty thousand women in Texas alone depend on Planned Parenthood for their health. Gov. Rick Perry already has struck it out and has lost federal money. There were more than 400 pieces of legislation introduced in 2011 across the country with tea partiers and others trying to "regulate" women's health issues. And this from the party that always is whining when there are regulations on oil and gas or air and water quality issues. Is women's health less important?
A couple of days ago, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, signed a bill that severely restricts women's and minorities' ability to go to court concerning equal pay grievances. Every turn you take, the GOP is turning back the social clock to a darker time. Heck, GOP, with the lack of women supporting you already, why not restrict their voting rights?
Mitt Romney wants to talk only about jobs and the economy. He says that's what women are concerned about. If Republicans would leave women's health alone, then maybe they'd stand a chance come November. Women can think about their pocketbooks and their bodies at the same time, Mitt.