It’s deja vu, all over again.
House Republicans started another round of threats to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding and contraception access just as they resurrect gaslighting as their political strategy.
The latest Republican to insist the war on women is “phony” Wendy Long who is running against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Via The Buffalo News:
Long was especially critical of the incumbent Democrat for latching onto the “war on women” theme raised in some Democratic circles, stemming from the Obama administration’s efforts to mandate contraception coverage – including for religious-affiliated institutions.
She called it “this whole phony war on women” and said New York women are “not biting” on the idea that the Republican Party aims to limit access to contraception.
Well okay then.
EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock responded:
It seems impossible that Wendy Long could have missed the last year and a half her party spent attempting to roll back the clock on women’s health and make it harder for women to care for their families. But we’re happy to educate her – the Republican war on women is very real. And New Yorkers know it.
•New York women make just 83 cents of every dollar a man makes, but Republicans are working to block equal pay legislation that would correct this injustice for the more than 3 million women working full time there.
•Nearly 1 million New York families rely on food stamps to feed their families, but Republicans are attempting to cut these vital services.
•471,750 New York women are served by Title X, which provides basic, vital health care services like birth control and cancer screenings, but Republicans have voted to eliminate this program entirely.
•More than 1.5 million women in New York are Medicare beneficiaries, yet the Republican Party has voted to end Medicare as we know it.
•986,000 New York women aged 19-25 stand to lose health insurance if Republicans succeed in repealing Obamacare and they’re kicked off their parents’ plans.
New York women couldn’t have a clearer choice this November, Schriock continued. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a true champion for women and their families – and Wendy Long doesn’t even know the facts. Voters want folks in Washington who understand their daily lives, and that’s why they’ll send Kirsten back to the Senate to keep on fighting for them.
So far Long has not issued a comment on yesterday’s vote to limit contraception and cut off family planning funds.
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