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Thursday, Dec 18 2014

What "War on Women"?

Dec 18, 2014

The one where Republicans not only don’t trust women to make their own health care decisions, they feel a need to legislate that only what they view as “legitimate rape” entitles a woman to receive health care services. That war on women, folks.

Republicans may talk about their rebrand, claim their 2014 victories show their problems with women have evaporated, but don’t listen to the spin. Nothing has changed in the two years since failed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin made his infamous comment about “legitimate rape.”

Case in point? A Missouri legislator named Rick Brattin who has proposed a bill that would, as reported by Mother Jones, force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the victim of ‘legitimate rape.’

Back in 2012, American Bridge first reminded you that it wasn’t just Todd Akin (or Richard Mourdock) who held such extreme views about women’s health and rights. Republicans throughout the House and Senate have introduced, cosponsored, supported or advocated for legislation making similar claims about and attacks on women’s access to care. Now, heading into two election cycles later and a major presidential contest, we have new proof that nothing has changed.

Check out American Bridge’s website for the lowdown on the anti-woman records of legislators and politicians who are just like Todd.

Published: Dec 18, 2014

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