Republicans are learning a very hard lesson- women are not going to simply lay back and take it. For thirty years, Republicans have quietly waged a social war against women, gays, and minorities, but the sudden arrival of the Tea Party ripped a lot of those niceties away and showed that the Tea Party- and the Republican Party for which the Tea Party is the base, are anti-LGBT, anti-woman and anti-Minority in all their ugliness.
Socially conservative Iowa-based group FAMiLY Leader has been pressuring the state legislature to deny any taxpayer money to Iowa’s 23 Planned Parenthood centers. The money Planned Parenthood receives from the state covers preventive healthcare, including breast and cervical cancer screenings, pap smears and prenatal care. None of it covers abortions. This is a fact the GOP has also decried as a “myth” or “lie” or, simply, a fact they’d rather not acknowledge—to the detriment of low-income women and their health. We’ve already seen it play out in Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry’s stubborn, self-appointed mission to “protect the unborn” has disenfranchised 130,000 already-born women.
So, of course, what does it come down to? Well, Shirley Grant decided to take on Repersentative Steve King, and she managed to hit him hard. She said:
My daughter says, “Throw out the word ‘birth control,’ Mom. Planned Parenthood isn’t that.” She says it is for hormone replacement, and that means you use those pills for many, many, many different areas of women’s lives. I find it very offensive that men think they can tell women what to do with their own life. I think the political arena is making a big mistake when they don’t work with Planned Parenthood, instead of against it. They do so many good things.
So. . .ladies and gentlmen- welcome to the War on Women. . .and we’re gonna win this thing!