John Boehner's War On Women

[media id=10675] Do you want to know why men are superior? "Because every Sperm is Sacred." John Boehner clearly isn't upset over abortions in his l

Do you want to know why men are superior? "Because every Sperm is Sacred."

John Boehner clearly isn't upset over abortions in his latest screed. It's all about banning contraceptives now. Now, there's something that the GOP should get behind if they really care about being a pro-life party.

Dante Atkins:

The GOP's assault on women in light of the health insurance reform law may have started with a special ops attack on nursing mothers, but Minority Leader Boehner has just significantly expanded the theater of operations. See, Leader Boehner is outraged that contraception could be funded through Medicaid:

"Tucked into the health reform legislation is a controversial provision allowing states to expand coverage for family planning services under Medicaid without a waiver from the federal government. Democrats had tried to insert the language into the Recovery Act in January 2009, but pulled back after it became a lightning rod for GOP attacks ... Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) championed the provision in the Senate, adding it to the Senate Finance Committee version of the legislation during mark-up, sources said, and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) pushed for it in the House. ... ‘How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives? How does that stimulate the economy?’ House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said of the provision, according to Reuters.”

There are two major sources of concern here. First, the fact that Leader Boehner is attacking birth control funding just goes to show that the forced birth cult wing of the Republican Party isn't really interested in snowflake babies. After all, it would stand to reason that making contraception readily available would make a significant dent in the number of unplanned pregnancies. Rather, they are far more concerned with making sure that women--especially poor women--suffer consequences for daring to have sex unless they make sure to do it with a strong, powerful man who they know can provide for them--in other words, the medieval model of gender relations.

But even more alarming is the fact that Boehner and the GOP are now so bold as to think that attacking the pill is a sound political idea. Either Boehner and the GOP are just that out of touch with political reality, or we will have a fierce battle ahead to protect the freedoms we all take for granted.

Throw a few bucks towards Connie Saltonstall's campaign if you can since she's taking on Bart Stupak. He's the one who made this such an issue in the HCR debate.

Stupid ladies. Didn't you know that the pleasure of sex was only for men?

Digby writes:

If anyone ever wondered whether the right is sincere in its concern for fetuses as opposed to the sexual behavior of women, this would seem to spell it out pretty clearly. Boehner is calling provisions for birth control "controversial" and the only thing he can mean by this in this context is that he thinks Americans believe women shouldn't have sex if they don't want to bear children. ("Just keep your legs closed, girl, and you won't have a problem.")Otherwise, it would be "uncontroversial" that a health care bill would provide for family planning and those who care about preventing abortion would be supportive since it would result in fewer unplanned pregnancies. (But then we know that isn't what the religion industrial complex is all about, don't we?)

It is only a matter of time before we start hearing about a new conscience clause for people who don't believe in paying for other people's contraception.

And don't forget ladies, "Every Sperm is Sacred."

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