Boehner:  War On Women “entirely created by my colleagues. Give Me A Break.”

April 27, 2012

Boehner: War On Women "entirely created by my colleagues...Give Me A Break. Let’s Review the Facts.”  Yes, Let’s.


VIDEO: Republican House Speaker John Boehner on the U.S. House floor today:


“Now, we’re going to have a fight about women’s health. Give me a break,” Boehner said to applause. “This the latest plank in the so-called “war on women,” entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain. Let’s review the facts.”


What’s more offensive: The Republican Party’s overwhelming efforts to undermine women’s health and take away women’s freedom – or that Boehner and company are completely oblivious to the fact that what they have done and are trying to do has outraged and negatively impacted women across the country?  That kind of Republican macho talk ought to do wonders towards closing the 16 point gender gap in the Presidential polls.


“Let’s review the facts,” says Boehner.  Yes, let's.  Let’s take a look at some of the extreme, anti-women things the GOP have been up to just in the last year…




Watering Down the Violence Against Women Act




Republicans Simply Do Not Agree That Women Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work: GOP Opposed the Anti-gender-based-wage-discrimination Law The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act from the Beginning, Still Think it’s a “Nuisance”





Defunding, “Getting Rid Of,” Leading Women’s Reproductive Health Service Provider






Remember That “GOP Bill Requir[ing] Vaginal Probes Before Abortions”?


Slate, Feb. 22, 2012: “Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Backs off the Invasive Ultrasound Law:”  Defenders of Virginia’s proposed ultrasound law, which would require some women to get penetrated by a transvaginal ultrasound before being allowed to have an abortion, say that they support the bill because it’s merely giving women more information about their bodies. As Dahlia Lithwick pointed out late last week in Slate piece about the law, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said on a radio show, “I think it gives full information...To be able to have that information before making what most people would say is a very important, serious, life-changing decision, I think is appropriate.” 


After Enormous Backlash Against the Mandatory Transvaginal Probe Bill, McConnell “Compromised” By Joining 6 Other Republican Governors in Signing Into Law a Bill That Still Requires a Mandatory Ultrasound – As If That Made It Acceptable












“Rape-Redefining Abortion Bill”






Romney, Republicans In Congress Will Repeal ObamaCare and Let Insurance Companies Continue Treating Being a Woman as a “Pre-Existing” Condition, Continue to Deny women Coverage If They’ve had a C-section, Breast or Cervical cancer, or Received Medical Treatment for Domestic or Sexual Violence





GOP U.S. House, State Legislatures Run Amok


Total anti-choice measures enacted in 2011:


NARAL Pro-Choice America sums up Boehner’s chutzpah nicely:     


Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Wednesday April 11, 2012:  “Bro-Choice: Al Madrigal reports on location from Oklahoma, where a proposed amendment to its "personhood" bill would effectively outlaw male masturbation.”



Jeremy J. Funk

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