Can you remember the last time the GOP proposed legislation to expand women’s rights? Neither can I. It’s been a year since the American people overwhelmingly rejected the GOP’s “War on Women” strategy, and so far nothing has changed.
Just last month, Republican Senators introduced a ban on abortion so stringent that it forces women to carry stillborn fetuses to term.
Just last week, Republican state legislators in Michigan are on the verge of passing a bill that bans pregnant women—even victims of rape or incest—from buying insurance policies that cover abortion.
State legislatures led by right-wing politicians across the country are ramping up their efforts to redefine “personhood” to include embryos and zygotes—giving a fertilized egg the same legal status as the woman carrying it. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has already introduced parallel legislation in the US Senate.
At the same time, with strong backing from GOP leaders in Congress, conservative CEOs are arguing at the Supreme Court that corporations have the same religious rights as human beings—including the right to deny contraception to their employees. Imagine your boss taking away your birth control because it conflicts with his religious beliefs! This is the absurd consequence of treating big corporations as individuals and women as something less.
Frankly, the Republican Party is stuck in another era. Consider that over the past 25 years, the share of women in the GOP House caucus has increased to a whopping 8%. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder the GOP is doing nothing to make women’s lives better. But as always, their solution isn’t to improve their policies, but to repackage them. In fact, the GOP just launched a new training program to help its candidates “speak to women” in order to defeat female challengers.
Will you help me push back against the GOP’s efforts? I’m working to recruit smart, fearless women to Congress—women ready to fight for our right to healthcare, equal pay, and basic dignity and respect.
Every single election is an opportunity to stand up for gender equality and to make sure Congress is truly representing our values. Imagine a Congress where no one blames the epidemic of military rape on “hormone levels,” like Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). Imagine a Congress where the Paycheck Fairness Act is common sense, or where the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) passes with overwhelming support.
Thank you for your support.
All the best,
North San Mateo County Democratic Club
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From KGO: Rep. Jackie Speier holds gun violence prevention summit, April 29, 2013
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KGO) — She couldn’t get gun legislation to make it through the Republican-controlled house. So Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is trying another approach. She hosted a summit on gun violence prevention on Monday.
In Redwood City at the Oracle Conference Center the event was packed. The conference was for educators, law enforcement, mental health professionals and elected representatives all working on local solutions for preventing gun violence at schools. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?id=9084246
Watchdog caucus bolsters oversight
By: Rep. Jackie Speier and Rep. Mike Coffman
Politico.com. March 18, 2013 09:36 PM EDT
There was nothing funny about the 2010 General Services Administration conference in Las Vegas that featured a clown, a mind reader and an overall taxpayer price tag of $820,000. Billed as a team-building exercise complete with an elaborate reception, the event has become another sad chapter on wasteful federal government spending. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=C3FE5407-B02C-47EC-AE14-584E249006E9