Monday, February 06, 2012

The Continuing Assault on Women

The recent controversy surround Komen's intention to cut ties with Planned Parenthood is an example of how the right continues to try to tear apart the rights of women.  If conservatives had their way, women would not be able to have birth control or any reproductive freedom regarding their own bodies.   Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, has authored many bills to criminalize the use of birth control pills (see YouTube), even as they use false claims about what birth control pills do.

The fallout continues as Komen tries to regain its footing following their huge public relations disaster. As we look back, we can see perhaps the origin of the controversy. SouthernStudies  indicates that fingers are being pointed at Karen Handel:

....Republican and staunch abortion opponent Karen Handel, who became Komen's VP for Public Policy in April 2011.

The latest evidence comes from The Huffington Post now says that , which claims to have viewed internal emails confirming Handel's instigator role, as well as providing this anonymous email from a Komen staffer:
Karen Handel was the prime instigator of this effort, and she herself personally came up with investigation criteria. She said, 'If we just say it's about investigations, we can defund Planned Parenthood and no one can blame us for being political.'

Handel's other work shows her as an advocate for more restrictive voting rights.

Women must continue to be alert to those on the right who'd like us to return to the days of the 1500's.  I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to give up my rights as a modern American woman just to satisfy some conservatives.  Most Republican presidential candidates appear likely to push for restrictions on birth control, voters' rights, and even free speech.  A true indication of a man is the way he treats women.  Take a look at these candidates and their relationships with women and you'll see what they think about you.