Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Republican War on Women

Republicans in Congress are on the warpath to implement their radical right agenda. Giving tax breaks to the wealthy reduces funds available for programs to help people that truly need help in this country. It's a question of priorities and the Republican priorities do not include women or their needs.
As the New York Times points out in an editorial aptly entitled The War on Women,
"Republicans in the House of Representatives are mounting an assault on women's health and freedom that would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception and life-saving cancer screenings and cut nutritional support for millions of newborn babies in struggling families. And this is just the beginning.

The budget bill pushed through the House ... included the defunding of planned parenthood and myriad other cuts detrimental to women ...

The egregious cuts in the House resolution include the elimination of support for Title X, the federal family planning program for low-income women that provides birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In the absence of Title X's preventative care , some women will die. The Guttmacher Institute, a leading authority on reproductive health, says a rise in unintended pregnancies would result in some 400,000 more abortions a year."
'The New York Times editorial ends with some important words to consider, that could just as easily be dealing with any other area Republicans in Congress are trying to cut funding for or repeal. "These are treacherous times for women's reproductive rights and access to essential health care."

Substitute environment, labor, consumer protection, science, or any other area that Democrats have worked over the years to support to make America a better country for all and these are treacherous times. Only a blind person would not see the treacherous times for our country that the Republicans want to lead us into.

Please contact your elected officials and tell them to oppose this treachery by the right wing. Support the Democratic Party and elected Democrats and tell them you have their back and that they must not cave in to the far right agenda.

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