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

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 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. ME

    If the defintion of rape in VA also includes being forcibly probed by a foreign object, and Va law does include this as a form of rape, then any woman who undergoes an abortion after this law goes into effect should file a report with her local police dept and the DA in that jurisdiction should file rape charges against every state legislator and the Gov. with rape.

    March 13, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Church

    "Truth and Nothing But the Truth", I am officially outing you as an operative and TROLL of the Koch brothers and the RNC.
    I have been following your comments for a while, and it is obvious that you are copying and pasting vile rhetoric from the Faux News site and the RNC site's false rhetoric of the day.
    Please be warned everyone: Truth and Nothing But the Truth is an RNC TROLL.

    March 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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