Bachmann: GOP is extremely ‘pro-women’
February 19th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Bachmann: GOP is extremely ‘pro-women’

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Sunday railed against critics who say the recent birth control controversy reflects a Republican Party that holds suppressive views toward women.

“There is no anti-women move whatsoever. The Republican Party is extremely pro-women,” Bachmann said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “What we saw was President Obama's signature piece of legislation, which is ‘Obamacare,’ demonstrated 3-D.”


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Her comments came after major Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates lambasted the Obama administration over a policy that would have required religious institutions to pay for contraception coverage of employees. The rule also took heat from some Democrats, notably Catholics whose religious teachings ban contraception.

The White House, which views birth control coverage as a “right,” has since said it would revise the rule and require insurance companies to offer contraception at no charge for women working at religiously-affiliated employers.

However, the issue has dominated political rhetoric as a larger social debate both on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail in recent weeks.

Bachmann said the debate over contraception coverage had more to do with the president’s agenda than social narratives.

“The 3-D full-court demonstration is that now ‘Obamacare’ means that one individual, the president of the United States, has unprecedented breathtaking authority to make a decision about whatever health care service, whatever health care product, if he wants it offered or not offered,” Bachmann told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, who flirted with a presidential bid last year, appeared on the same program Sunday and agreed the birth control issue would not hurt the Republican Party in the fall, as long as it was approached in the right manner.

“These are the questions that I think Republicans can unite on. They do have to be framed, as they really are, as the defense of individual freedom against the right now limitless power of the state,” Daniels said.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    "The Republican Party is extremely pro-women,” having babies theY cannot afford ordo not want!

    February 19, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    And the check's in the mail and i'll call you in the morning! OMG! how delusional is it possible to be??? repugs 'pro-Women?' that's like saying the Klan is pro-African Americans!!!'

    February 19, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. normajean @ verizon ,com

    This tiresomely naive woman obviously has not been listening to what her fellow Repub, Santori has been ranting on about. His views are as anti women as anything i"ve ever heard!!! ,Bachman has been a joke from day one!!!

    February 19, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. manhandler

    If these pathetic idiots are pro-woman, I'd hate to see what anti-woman would be. Note to the Repukes....iT'S THE ECONOMY, stupid idiots. All this religious crap may play well with the right wing terrorists of the tea potty, but your'e losing more and more independents every day. Poor Santorum....his 5 minutes of fame went to his head and he thinks that everyone else lives in the Bible Bang world.

    February 19, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. anagram_kid

    What the modern GOP/TP wants is to return to a time when being a white christian male automatically gave one authority over women and minorities. Today drive, ability and intelligence outweigh race and gender and these people simply cannot compete. To them the solution is not to become more educated or disciplined, it is simply to change the rules to return things to the 'good ole days'.

    February 19, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Vin Dicated

    Dear GOP, my uterus is not your political prop. The gays, the Hispanics, the union members, the blacks, now the women. What will the Repubs do when they're only left with old, white men, a dying demographic to draw from?

    February 19, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. pn

    Severely pro women?

    February 19, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. DaveinSC

    O good. Another Bachman sound bite. Made my Sunday. They could have squeezed this in between the Sunday funnies next to Hagar and Garfield.

    February 19, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. logicnLA

    Aside from the statement being inaccurate, it's based on an overblown debate. the reason the admnistration corrected the wording so quickly is they saw a problem and fixed it. that's their job. will they ever be correct the first time 100% of the time? no. the falicy in allhtis discussion is where was the GOP on healthcare coverage and conteceptive issues in the past? At least this President and his admionistration is trying to DO something excpet just pander.

    February 19, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. GI Joe.

    Only the severely mentally limited women. They do NOT like smart.

    February 19, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. john

    The GOP is completely out of touch with today's woman. They are perfectly in touch with women of the 20's.

    February 19, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The GOBP are in full panic mode because the economy improved again despite their efforts to stop it. President Obama and the American people are coming and they know it.

    February 19, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Draft Sarah Palin!

    February 19, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. J.P. McLaughlin

    Right, Michele. Women in the GOP have it great, as long as they know their place!

    February 19, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    The GOP has a very narrow of what a woman is and can do. Within those 19th century restrictions, I agree the GOP is very supportive of women.

    The problem is that we're living in the 21st century ...

    February 19, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. WhereIsPalin

    A whack-job defending GOP views toward women.........classic

    February 19, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Truthman

    Reality check. The GOP is pro women just as long as they believe in being pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen, and like the idea of of having internal genital ultra-sounds when external abdomen ultrasounds would do just as good a job (ref: Commonwealth of Virginia).

    February 19, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. KC

    Ah–the chief stepford wife has spoken...

    February 19, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Mariesa

    Her opinions and delusions are irrelevant to me and most women that think. They really don't think that's going to hurt them in November? Lol...that made the decision for me. Republicans should poll women voters. Oh wait...i forgot...They probably believe we're too EMOTIONAL to make our own decisions. Thank goodness Michelle came to their rescue. We all know how intelligent she is. :D

    February 19, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. John in Brooklyn

    Yeah...as long as they comply with the notion that they are first and foremost intended to be wives and mothers – with little or no control of their lives or bodies.

    February 19, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. quinlee

    @larry: The 3-d comment is another little bumper sticker like "one term president".I find it funny that this woman is speaking out on this issue.

    You are probably right. Dumbing it down to bumper stickers seems to be all the rage. And I have seen some real doozies like: How's that hope and change working, Trickle up poverty, I voted for the american, socialism blah blah,

    February 19, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. amf140

    Keep going Michelle. You are still lighting up the Left. I say that when we finally get a nominee, you start from the East, Sarah Palin start from the West and Nikki Haley start from the South. When BHO gets ousted we should have: Ron Paul as Secrtary of the Treasury, Sarah Palin as Secretary of Energy, Michelle Bachman as Secrtary of Human and Health Services and General Petraeus as Secretary of Defense . That would be a house cleaning like Washington has never seen.

    February 19, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Ex-GOP Con

    Now Michelle.....did Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, Paul, and Cain give you permission to come on the show and speak? You know better than that. Now go back and ask them for permission first before you open your mouth.

    February 19, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Dee

    For the Republican party to be pro women, it sure was Anti Michelle Bachman.

    February 19, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Dr. Ruth

    Cut mamogram program, cut cervical cancer vacine program, cut prenatal programs, cut infant programs, cut women education programs, cut anything that could advance women..

    Yeah.. the GOP is pro-women..

    February 19, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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