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No War on Women, Speaker Boehner? GOP Sen. candidate Akin: ‘Legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy

August 20, 2012 

FLASHBACK: Speaker John Boehner, April 27, 2012:  “So called ‘War On Women’ entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle.”

YESTERDAY:

Congressman Akin’s views against victims of rape and women in general could not be more contemptible and sickening, but do they really come as a surprise coming from a member of the same Republican party that has taken unprecedented steps in recent months and years to undermine women’s health, take away women’s freedoms, and treat women as second class citizens at the work place?  Let’s not forget Akin is part of the same Republican U.S. House of Representatives that voted unanimously for an unbelievably misogynistic anti-choice bill that redefines rape and creates rape audits – a bill that was cosponsored by Romney running mate Paul Ryan.  Akin's deplorable comments were symptomatic of his party's underlying contempt for women. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were quick to distance themselves from Akin, but what about their own extreme anti-women record and proposals?    Speaker Boehner infamously said in April: the ‘so called War On Women is entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle. Let’s Review the Facts.”    Yes, let’s examine how much respect for women’s health, equality and freedoms Beohner and his party demonstrate virtually every day in the halls of Congress and in state legislatures across the country.

Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, Two Peas in a Pod When It Comes to Undermining Women's Health

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Romney Running Mate Paul Ryan’s Extreme Record Against Women’s Health

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Congressional Republicans including Paul Ryan Do Not Believe That Women Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work: They Adamantly Opposed the Anti-gender-based-wage-discrimination Law The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act from the Beginning, Still Think it’s a “Nuisance”

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Senate and House Republicans including Paul Ryan Voted to Water Down the Violence Against Women Act

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Romney-Ryan Would “Get Rid Of” Leading Women’s Reproductive Health Service Provider

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Remember That “GOP Bill Requiring Vaginal Probes Before Abortions”?

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was for the mandatory invasive transvaginal probe bill before he was against it:

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

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Romney Supported Blunt Amendment That Amounted to ‘Contraception Ban’ for Millions of Women

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“House GOP Unanimously Passed Anti-Abortion Bill That Redefines Rape, Raises Taxes, And Creates Rape Audits”

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Romney-Ryan Promise to Repeal ObamaCare on “Day one” and Let Insurance Companies Continue Treating Being a Woman as a “Pre-Existing” Condition, Continue to Deny Coverage to Women or Make Women Pay One and Half Times More in Premiums as a Man If They’ve had a C-section, Breast or Cervical cancer, or Received Medical Treatment for Domestic or Sexual Violence

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GOP U.S. House, State Legislatures Run Amok

Total anti-choice measures enacted in 2011: 26 states enacted 69 anti-choice measures in 2011; Arizona, Florida, and Kansas enacted the most antichoice legislation in 2011, with five measures each; Since 1995, states have enacted 713 anti-choice measures.

NARAL Pro-Choice America sums it up:     

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Romney Refused to Condemn Rush Limbaugh -- the Foulest Misogynist in America and Republican Party Grand Poobah – Over Deplorable Sandra Fluke Smears

BOTTOM LINE: The record is clear.  There is no denying that women’s health, equality and freedoms have been under relentless attack from a Republican Party that grows more conservative, more extreme with each passing year and there is no denying a Romney-Ryan administration would be more than happy to sign their radical anti-woman bills into law.