TWW Roundup: The GOP War on Women

by | May 15, 2017 | News, Weekly Report

This weekend was Mother’s Day, a holiday originally conceived as a day of service to honor mothers who had been less fortunate. Unfortunately, instead of honoring mothers, the GOP has targeted motherhood and scapegoated women in general. We all know that the GOP opposes abortion as part of its official platform, but this is just the first volley in the war against women.

This week, Trump signed a “Religious Freedom” Executive Order (EO) which attempts to exempt employers from providing birth control to female employees when it would violate the employer’s religious faith. Experts agree that the EO is nothing but lip service–and doesn’t actually accomplish anything but display the GOP’s contempt for women and their health care needs. One is left to wonder whether an employer could refuse to cover Viagra if they deemed it against their faith?  

Contempt for women

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently passed by the House also takes aim at women with a list of preexisting conditions that only apply to women such as rape, C-Sections, pregnancy, and even menstrual irregularities. While the AHCA does continue to require insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions, they can charge more to do so. Is it really universal coverage if you can’t afford it?  

The Senate is purportedly working on its own version of Trumpcare with a group of 13 mostly white men. No women are on the committee to write the bill that could take healthcare away from 24 million people. And while the GOP pretends it supports equal pay for equal work, whenever faced with the prospect of a legislative mandate to do so it goes silent. Prominent members of the party have even stated such ridiculousness that if women earn more, men would earn less and more women would have to go back to work.  

While the GOP is targeting female bodies, women are fighting back in record numbers. Starting with the record breaking attendance at the Women’s March in Washington, women are leading the fight against Trump and his sexist, racist agenda. Women are forming groups, joining groups, calling their members of Congress, participating in craftivism, marching across the country, donating money, and working as hard as they can to stop the damage of the Trump agenda.  Congresswomen are speaking out, becoming leaders, rallying other women, and pointing out the obvious disdain the GOP holds for Americans, especially American women.  

Russia-gate

Last week we saw Trump fire FBI director James Comey, the man who was leading the investigation into whether Trump or members of his campaign were involved in the Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails and other interference in the election. Trump has admitted he fired Comey, at least in part, because of his investigation into the Russian scandal.  

Perhaps this latest outrage will finally light a fire under the Senate Intelligence Committee that has been investigating ties between Trump and the Russian government. Members of the committee expressed shock and contempt and issued subpoenas for witnesses in the coming days. If your Senator is on the committee, now is the time to call them and express your support for the investigation!  

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee

James Risch, R, Idaho                Diane Feinstein, D. California

Marco Rubio, R, Florida                Ron Wyden, D, Oregon

Susan Collins, R, Maine                Martin Heinrich, New Mexico

Roy Blunt, R, Missouri                Angus King, D, Maine

James Lankford, R, Oklahoma            Joe Manchin, D, West Virginia

Tom Cotton, R, Arkansas                Kamala Harris, D, California

John Cornyn, R, Texas

Lawsuits

  • Once again, a Trump EO has led to the filing of lawsuits, this time against his “Religious Liberty” EO. The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed suit against both Trump and the Internal Revenue Service claiming that they are giving preferential treatment to religious organizations. The ACLU released a statement that they will not be suing, but only because they feel the EO doesn’t actually do anything.  

While the GOP may think it can win a war on women, Republicans are sadly mistaken.  Women are strong, women are persistent, and women are pissed!  Watch out GOP!

Sources

Business Insider, From acne to pregnancy, here’s every ‘preexisting condition’ that could get you denied insurance under Trump’s new healthcare bill

Daily Beast, Atheists sue President Trump over His ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

GOP.com, The 2016 Republican Party Platform

Marie Claire, Justice tastes so sweet: this Republican politician resigned after saying equal pay for women is unfair to men

NBC News, What You Need to Know About Trump, Comey and the Russia Probe

New York Times, 13 men, and no women, are writing new G.O.P. health bill in Senate

The Hill, Trump’s religious freedom executive order can be successful

Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 23 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.