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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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    This is simply a battle between big government and smaller government. If you like big government the Nanny State is for you. That also trends into Rome burning to the ground and another depression, ten times worse that the last one. Happy landings.

    March 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bill – Don't forget that our anchor baby in Florida, Rubio was a co sponsor, and he will probably be Mittens choice for VP.

    March 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    No wonder republicans are so terrible on fighting the war on terror, they are focused on women and not on as Qaeda.

    March 13, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Well, when your policies are a complete failure, the economy is in the tank and unemployment is at record levels for record lengths of time, It's time to crank up the progressive smoke and mirror machine with the aid of the LSM. The tune remains the same....

    March 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This is not a case of big government vs small government. It is an attempt by republicans to return to the days of the Salem witch trials.

    March 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. d

    Well we have seen this in other counntries that are ruled by extremists...so i geuss we have voted them in here! thank god we get a chance to vote every 2 and 4 years so we Can fix this problem! vote them out of office!!!

    March 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. John

    GOP hate women. There is no other word to describe their talk and actions......

    March 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. rla

    Too bad the first thought of a "progressive" is to destroy life??? That solution is DOA now that the issue is raised and morality wins. You know there are lots of people alive and productive from my generation who had mothers and fathers who took n the responsibility of an unplanned pregnancy. That generation had character and morals!

    March 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth – you are referring to the GOP failure that led to the Bush/republican near depression aren't you?

    March 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. tom clements

    Wow a war on women? Give me a break. The libs started a war on the nuclear family years ago, despite stat after research stat showing that kids thrive in this environment. The family is the ONLY glue this country has and it is being eroded away every day. For all of you who are familiar with the styles of Bill Maher (comedian), John Stewart (?), Rush Limbaugh uses hyperbole everyday to make his points. The issue was about gov funded contraceptives not the woman on the hill. But none of you have ever even listended to Rush...

    March 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. lees

    There is no war on women. This is all just a diversion from the real and important issues.

    March 13, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    tom – don't you think it really takes a village? It looks like the Limbaugh debacle went right over your head, and you missed all the points.

    March 13, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    Well, when your policies are a complete failure, the economy is in the tank and unemployment is at record levels for record lengths of time,
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    That sounds like the end of Bush and the beginning of the Obama administration to me. Many factors have improved since that time. Even MItt Romney is smiling about it, he only pays 14%. Santorum's happy, too. Santorum made the most money in his life in 2009, and even more each year since.

    March 13, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Time for legislation that will allow government to probe elected republican men's private parts.

    March 13, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Talkytalk

    I still don't see what is so wrong with women paying for their birth control or abortion. If a woman can spend on shoes, make-up, highlights, cell phone, manicure, pedicure, drinks, purses, iPod, laptop, why then does she not have the money to pay for her birth control or abortion ( the guy should pay 50% of it). Women have not come a long way from the 1800 or 1920's, 30's etc...It is shameful, ridiculous, degrading, humiliating to be begging for our government, employers to pay for birth control or abortion instead of taking control of their lives, cut down on expenses and put that money towards birth control or their own abortion plan. Women need to learn to take care of themselves and stop relying on others to do it for them.

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

    Good to have you back amongst us Sniffit!

    March 13, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. diridi

    Mitt Romney=Rush Limbaugh.
    Rush Limbaugh=Mitt Romney.
    you like my equation....?????ha...ha..nasty idiots are=GOP.

    March 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. RonPaul2012

    Just more distraction, more noise – there is no "War on Women" -its a made up narrative intended to enrage the female voting blocs and get out the vote for Obama in November. I have seen the evidence that people suggests a war on women yet its nothing but puffery and nonsense.

    A minor issue like Churchs paying for contraception is manipulated into a War on Women and everyone swallows it like a load of candy. the left is outraged about it, the right is outraged about it, the media talking heads are driving ratings with it and the president is connecting with the average voter with it – this is a made in Hollywood production of the War on Women – the real war on women is happening in Afghanistan and Syrua and elsewhere – I guess thats just a real war!

    Just please try to stop being so gullible!

    March 13, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. MaryM

    Actions speak louder than words GOP. AND your actions say you have waged a war on Women AND womens health care. You , GOP/TP and Repubs running for office , will pay dearly in NOV 2012

    March 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Martha in CF

    Rush bit off more than he could chew......He should know NEVER to mess with women...(That he probably why he has been married so many times)
    Rush needs to go or be sensored!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. SA in OO

    Excellent Ad.

    It is notable that the few negative comments in this thread are written by men. And I'm a guy.

    March 13, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Rickster

    "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the deficit for 2012 is $93 billion larger than last estimated in January. The deficit is estimated to reach $1.2 trillion this year, now that CBO has factored in new policies such as the extension of the payroll tax holiday."
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    Barry continues his reign of destruction on the American people.

    March 13, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. pk

    The GOP did not start this battle – the Administration did – when they injected this person (Fluke) into the conversation to manipulate the facts. Women are doing just fine – insurance covers all well-care and preventive care. We don't need Obamacare. It will cost more, and offer less. With all the progress women have made in the workforce, their healthcare, and overall well-being, it is absurd that all of a sudden, this one person (who happens to be attending a prestigious and expensive law school) is attempting to manipulating the national dialogue – that should seem strange to everyone! This is a calculated effort to manipulate and divide the country on yet another topic – and how convenient that it's an election year – there are many of us out here who see right through this!

    March 13, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Another Obama Victim

    Anyone notice Obama's poll numbers at all time lows again. No, you wouldn't, CNN doesn't report that. No suprise, since after two weeks of this so call war on women, it has not helped Obama's poll numbers. Maybe this will help the Progressives (Liberals) understand. "It's the economy stupid"

    March 13, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. cali girl

    on a magazine ad, the product is a mens testosterone patch, wow, you can get it for $10 a month. A generic birth control pill, microgestion 1.5 FE is starting at $53 a month and goes up from there.
    those of you that think a woman is supposed to pay for her bc, then take a look at the major difference in what a woman needs to have versus what a man wants to have.

    March 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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