In an attempt to quell accusations that the Republican Party is waging a “war on women,” all of the Republican congresswomen serving in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday announced they are forming a GOP women’s caucus to provide a “unified” voice on a wide range of critically important issues.
But it turns out by that they didn’t mean actual women’s issues.
REALLY, HOW, WHEN WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO DO ALL OF THIS, LADIES?
No mention of any of the vicious legislation affecting WOMEN, like access to affordable contraception, abortion rights, unwanted transvaginal ultrasounds, equal pay, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN’S ACT.
But a ThinkProgress review of their voting records shows that the two dozen women have been fairly consistent in their legislative opposition to women’s rights:
•Violence Against Women: Of the 24 women, 22 voted to rollback the Violence Against Women Act, backing a version of the bill that could violate the confidentiality of victims and that excluded protections for immigrants, LGBT people, and Native Americans.
•Access to contraception: 21 of the 24 co-sponsored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” to take away regulations enacted under Obamacare requiring most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans, without additional cost-sharing.
•Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Of the 15 Republican Congresswomen who were in the House at the time, all 15 voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.
•Paycheck Fairness Act Act: 13 of those 15 also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update the 1963 Equal Pay Act by closing many of its loopholes and strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination.
•Reproductive health: According to Planned Parenthood, 20 of the 24 GOP women earned a zero score, voting against reproductive health at every opportunity. The average score for the women was under 6 percent.
My conclusion on exactly who the Republican Women are working for: