Progressive group hits GOP for starting a war against women
March 13th, 2012
03:34 PM ET
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Progressive group hits GOP for starting a war against women

(CNN) - As voters head to the polls Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org released a new television ad to coincide with the primaries, accusing the Republican Party of launching a "war on women."

The 60-second spot features a handful of MoveOn members repeating controversial statements from top conservatives, including presidential candidate Rick Santorum and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

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"Judging by their comments, the GOP must have a serious problem with women. And until the Republicans get over their issues, we women have got a serious problem with the Republican Party," group members said in the ad, which is set to air on national cable.

Among the statements, the ad quotes Limbaugh saying in early March that if taxpayers are going to pay for women to have contraception coverage, then women should "post the videos online, so we can all watch."

It also highlights Santorum's stance on abortion in the case of rape, in which he said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" in January that women should accept the "horribly-created" pregnancy and "make the best out of a bad situation."

In addition, the ad includes the controversial statement by an Indiana lawmaker who argued last month that Girl Scouts operated as a puppet of Planned Parenthood and attempts to "sexualize" young girls.

Republicans have taken heat on women's issues during the last month for the heated debate over an Obama administration policy that originally required religiously-affiliated institutions-including hospitals and universities-to offer contraception coverage.

After heavy resistance from Republican lawmakers and religious institutions, the rule was amended to exempt employers from paying for contraceptives and will now instead require insurance companies to offer the coverage at no cost.

Denying the controversy as a gender issue, Republicans have sought to define the debate as a caution against President Barack Obama's health care reform, as well as an issue involving religious freedom.

"There is no anti-women move whatsoever. The Republican Party is extremely pro-women," former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on CNN's "State of the Union" last month. "What we saw was President Obama's signature piece of legislation, which is 'Obamacare,' demonstrated 3-D."


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  1. Sniffit

    "Progressive group hits GOP for starting a war against women"

    Progressive group hits GOP for continuing a war against women.

    FIFY.

    March 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Good job GOP. Put loony Michelle out there as your mouthpiece. This stepford wife is a prime example of what is wrong with GOP womens' politics. Her and Simple Sarah should not be out in front. People like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are thinking republicans. Of course since they do that and have at least partially disabled the "purity" chip that all "true" GOP'ers have, they are blasted as RINO's. Keep up the good work and you'll be lucky to get 33% of the women's vote in November

    March 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    With all the politically suicidal ammunition the GOP has give us RECENTLY i regards to their views of women,and women's rights I'm just surprised they only made ONE video.
    By the way my sister, the hair. WTH?!
    Obama 2012

    March 13, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Scott

    "There is no anti-women move whatsoever. The Republican Party is extremely pro-women," former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on CNN's "State of the Union" last month. "What we saw was President Obama's signature piece of legislation, which is 'Obamacare,' demonstrated 3-D."

    What the HELL is this woman talking about? Demonstrated 3-D? Is she speaking in some idiot language that those darn Democrats refuse to teach our children??

    March 13, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. bullock w

    I want talk with rush lambaugh about birth also I have wintess with my friend that my friend was birth but she was struck runied of birth of with health so I belived that rush lambaugh are alright his word. Please rush lambaugh need talk with me on my aim is wildbuffalo 5871

    March 13, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Bookenz

    This article doesn't even mention the mandatory internal probes being forced on women seeking abortions which some backward states have passed (or are attempting to put into law). Talk about hating women!

    March 13, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Emmy Skaddittle

    The all for women, barefoot and pregnant.

    March 13, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    They are making it very easy, aren't they?

    March 13, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. bullock w

    Please please please rush limbaugh need talk with me alright that my aim is wildbuffalo 5871@aim.com
    I have strong wintess about my friend

    March 13, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Mikey

    War on women
    War on the middle class
    War on public servants
    War on Latinos
    War on science
    War on the poor (even children)
    War on unions
    War on GLBT
    War on the separation of church and state
    War on the 'elites' (educated people)

    Is there anyone left to vote for these clowns?

    March 13, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Bookenz

    This article doesn't even mention the mandatory internal probes being forced on women seeking abortions which some backward states have passed (or are attempting to put into law). Talk about hating women!
    ------------------------
    Yes that beacme law in the state of Virginia whose motto is (get this): Virginia is for lovers! You can't make this stuff up.
    Obama 2012.

    March 13, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. cali girl

    Wayto go MoveOn. The party of women haters will know what is coming there way in November. None of us will forget.

    March 13, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Marla

    I'm appalled to see that women today still have to fight the same battles that we thought that we had won over forty years ago. I'm happy to see that a new generation of young women have been awakened to this. I hope that they get out and vote to resolve this once and for all. I would also love to see them finish the job that we started – LETS BRING BACK THE ERA AND GET IT RATIFIED!

    March 13, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    About time. The sixties happened in the last century ANC women now need to stand up for their rights against the party that thinks women are only worth keeping to have children.
    BTW flake, Please keep your mouth shut. You are a disgrace as a woman. You still think that your hubby prayed away his own gayness!

    March 13, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. cali girl

    Mikey, don't forget the immigrants and gays. They also wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood and all funding to the UN for AIDS education. GOP wants to get rid of everyone except the standard: Old, White, Men.

    March 13, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Robert

    Rush and Newt, Why do I keep getting these two confused? Oh wait! now I remember!

    March 13, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Patriot

    Santorum forgot women were able to vote...and didn't vote for him. ;)

    March 13, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. jp

    Move on ???

    you mean George Soros don't you??

    March 13, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP is fighting for the elimination of women's rights. Their mission is driven by that old time religion of the Druids, Incas, Mayans and the Taliban.

    March 13, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Debby

    As a woman i find this so dumb by move on.

    March 13, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Bill

    I guess the GOP "stepped in it" big time. And that buffoon Roy Blunt and his amendment will haunt them for a long time. They have alienated 50% of eligle voters. Too rich.

    March 13, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Lando

    Your toast in November....courtesy of the divas

    March 13, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    @Mikey
    Let's face it. This is conservative class warfare against anyone and anything within their field of vision.

    March 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I still can't believe that the FIRST bill Obama signed into law dealt with equal pay for women for equal work. 2009 that was, now the GOP wants to push us (women, children, Gays, Blacks, Latinos, the poor, workers) back to the 1800's. Their Founding Fathers would be so proud. Ours, not so much.
    Obama 2012.

    March 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "you mean George Soros don't you??"

    Really? Despite all the verifiable BS the Koch brothers have engaged in, you guys are still trying to whip out the "George Soros Conspiracy Card"? Seriously, here's a big hint: every single thing ever written on Bloviating Beck's Bombastic Blackboard of Batssh-ttery is complete and utter garbage...the ravings of a man who desperately needs medication to silence the voices in his head and quell his hallucinations.

    March 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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