Let’s not mince words here. Today the Republican party made it clear they not only know nothing about women’s health care, they don’t care.
The contempt for women was palpable during Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) sham of an oversight hearing on whether or not keeping access to contraception available for women was an attack on religious liberty. Here’s a hint: not even Justice Scalia thinks it is. Beside the utter lack of a voice, of parity in participation let alone diversity of opinion, accessing birth control was likened to serving pork at a kosher deli from a witnessed deemed qualified to offer testimony while a female Catholci law student was told she didn’t have anything to add to the proceedings.
Then came Rick Santorum funder and billionaire investor Foster Friess letting MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell know that this whole birth control debate was really know big deal because, back in Friess’s day women just kept their legs shut.
Here’s the exchange:
Mitchell: Do you have any concerns about some of his comments on social issues, contraception, about women in combat, and whether that would hurt his general election campaign would he be the nominee?
Friess: I get such a chuckle when these things come out. Here we have millions of our fellow Americans unemployed, we have jihadist camps being set up in Latin America, which Rick has been warning about, and people seem to be so preoccupied with sex. I think it says something about our culture. We maybe need a massive therapy session so we can concentrate on what the real issues are. And this contraceptive thing, my gosh, itís such inexpensive. Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasnít that costly.
Mitchell: Excuse me, Iím just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly.
So there you have it, ladies. If you sluts just kept your legs shut we wouldn’t have to bring these men up to Capitol Hill to testify how your sluttiness is impeding their religious freedoms. I tried to be more delicate and artful in the summary but really, the Republicans have taken us far past delicate and artful and too much is on the line to worry about the niceties any longer.
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