The Republican Party as a whole is demonstrating in actions and words that they just don’t give a damn about the needs of women - particularly when it comes to health and reproductive rights. For instance, on the campaign stump in Illinois this week, when asked by crowd attendees where the millions of women who rely on the myriad of services provided for by Planned Parenthood are supposed to go if that organization is shut down, Romney literally said, “They can go where ever they’d like to go, this is a free society”.
Notice the use of ‘they’. Now read this next sentence, again a direct quote from Willard Romney, “The federal government should not tax these people to pay for planned parenthood”. There it is – the They vs. These position, pitting Americans against each other.
This excerpt from Alternet hits a point that I blurt out every time I hear this issue coined as an entitlement program.
3. Never say Employer Paid Health Insurance.
–Instead, say Employee Earned Health Insurance.
When we say “employer paid,” we immediately think of it as something that’s given to the employee by their employer. But as I pointed out in my blog post, “It’s Not About Who Writes The Check—Stop The Republican Lie About Who Pays For Contraceptives,” all employee health insurance is earned by virtue of the employee’s labor. That makes it “paid for” by the employee, even if they aren’t the ones writing the checks to the insurance companies themselves. Employee health insurance is just one of several forms of compensation in exchange for labor, that include cash, retirement funds, long- and short-term disability coverage, etc.
Employee health insurance is not a “gift,” it is compensation in exchange for labor. Cease the labor and the compensation ceases right along with it. Employees earn their insurance. Say that. ~ By jillwklausen | Sourced from Daily Kos
Exactly! This is not about *free* – it is about an expectation to have full coverage that is paid for by each and every one of us, whether through our taxes in the form of subsidizing organizations like Planned Parenthood; or through our payroll deductions for health coverage at our jobs; or through our private insurance premiums that we pay directly.
Ignorant remarks like Romney’s, Santorum’s, Newt’s and a whole host of other pre-enlightenment brain repositories breed deeper resentment. It encourages those who do not value preventative health care and reproductive freedoms for women to think that it is their tax dollars, and theirs only, paying for all those “theys” out there looking for something *free*. How about the costs for services that I may find extraneous and unnecessary? Are we heading in a direction that opens the door for us all to become armchair medical experts?
We are not Stepford wives. Feminism is not destroying America (as your clergy leaders are telling you). Women do not use abortion for birth control. Contraception does not lead to higher promiscuity. Sex education does not encourage children to become sexually active. The highest teen pregnancies are in the bible-belt. The highest unwed pregnancies are in the bible-belt. You can say no, even to your husband. These are just a few items that are getting distorted and demonized by an ever-evolving Christianized Republican Party who are self-appointing themselves as our moral superiors and proposing laws that would force us to live in accordance with their beliefs.
Women’s rights are being trampled in one form or another across America. This is outrageous – and any woman who votes for any one of these men on the GOP 2012 ticket running for President; or the men AND women who voted for the Blunt Amendment in Congress; or any republican who votes with their caucus in the state bodies – is complicit in turning back the enormous efforts gained for women since the 1950s.
Consider yourselves Stepford wives in the flesh. Wake up! These same men (and the few women that are their colleagues) scream about the dangers and threats of Shariah Law coming to this country to rapture and oppress America’s women – and yet their proposals against women in this country get more egregious and hateful with every passing day.
What is happening in the conservative politics with the transition of the Republican Party has been coming for a long time and we are seeing the full-Monty unfolding before us in 2012. They are becoming the ReBiblican Party and god only knows where they are going next after they are done taking Dominion over our uteruses.
As I repeat often – this is no longer simple Party politics of Democrats vs. Republicans – it is seriously – Freedom vs. Theocracy.