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War on Women

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War on Women is a rallying cry used by Democrats and related groups to highlight Republican agenda-driven laws directly targeting women's rights including women's access to abortion, birth control, and health care; women's access to social and legal remedies for violence in the home, crimes like rape; and inequality in the work place. Starting in 2010 (coinciding with significant Tea Party gains in the House of Representatives) US federal, state and local bills limiting women's rights became commonplace.[1]

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  • In 2011, US states attempted to pass over 1,000 bills that would limit access to abortion. These include laws to redefine abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical units (requiring extensive renovations to comply with safety issues), personhood laws, ultrasound requirements, total bans for abortions after 20 weeks, etc. Of those attempts, 135 bills had been enacted. In one year alone. [2]
  • Paul Ryan introduced a bill to redefine rape as "forcible rape" for any bill that involved funding. Had it passed, it would have meant that federal funds which currently can be used for abortions that are the result of rape and incest could not be used for incest, date rape, or other "non-forcible" rape. Representative Bobby Franklin of Georgia introduced a bill stating raped women were not "victims" but only "accusers" until a conviction was had. [3]
  • In August 2012 while the Senate passed a resolution to renew Violence Against Women ActWikipedia's W.svg the Republican-controlled House had a version that omitted those protections. They refused a Senate measure because, according to them, it raised revenues for provisions not covered in the House's version (according to the Constitution, bills that raise revenue must originate in the house). What are those provisions? Protect gay and lesbian persons, illegal immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, and women on reservations. The disagreement between the two versions have thus stymied reauthorization. This act[Which?] has been renewed bilaterally for the last 18 years without hitch.
  • In the 2016 Presidential primaries, several GOP candidates have proposed defunding Planned Parenthood, and Senator Ted Cruz even threatened a government shutdown over the issue.[5]
  • In 2018, there has been an unearthed radio segment from 2014 where Minnesotan Republican congressman Jason Lewis has called people who want insurance coverage for birth control "very sexually active" and that women who vote based on access to birth control as having "no cognitive function whatsoever".[6] This echoes pro-Republican Rush Limbaugh's Sandra Fluke affair, discussed earlier, where he disparaged Sandra Fluke and, as with Lewis, made assumptions about his opponent's sex life despite her case being nothing about sex (birth control to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome).

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