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The Republicans’ Ongoing War on Women

Not content to demean women and diminish their rights through Congress or on the presidential campaign trail, Republicans in Wisconsin decided to continue that party’s war on women during the waning days of the state’s legislative session.

In short order Wisconsin’s Republican majority voted to promote the teaching of abstinence over contraception in sex ed classes; ban abortion coverage in private insurance policies sold on an insurance exchange; require physicians to determine if a woman is voluntarily seeking an abortion, instead of allowing the woman to give voluntary and informed written consent; and prohibit doctors from prescribing the RU-486 pill via web cam, which isn’t even done in the state.

The new bills are being sent to the governor, along with a bill that would make it more difficult for a woman to sue her employer if she is illegally paid less than her male peers.

To point out how insulting these bills are to women, state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison) introduced amendments to treat men the way that Republicans are treating women. For example, Roys suggested forcing all men seeking erectile dysfunction medication to undergo a rectal exam and cardiac stress test. She also proposed leaving the teaching of the germ theory of disease to local school districts, so that students would be as clueless about the spread of germs as they will be about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy prevention, thanks to the new Republican law.

Apparently, Republicans think that attacking women’s rights in the workplace and intervening in their personal, private medical decisions is a winning strategy in the upcoming elections. We’re betting that female voters will figure out that GOP candidates have made them the enemy in this unnecessary, foolish war. And we predict that women will fight back in the voting booth.

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