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GOP Vote To Curb Contraception, Wendy Long Calls War On Women ‘Phony’

GOP Vote To Curb Contraception, Wendy Long Calls War On Women ‘Phony’

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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12:27AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

She's just following the Party Line... Things like this will never affect her or any of her family members. They have clout, money, and the secret GOP perks whenever she needs them.

10:51PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

There is a war on women, and it is very real!

The GOP aka Republican/Teabaggers have
- opposed the pay cheque equality initiatives
- opposed the ACA
- opposed education funding that affects both girls and boys
- oppose the Lily Ledbetter Act
- and much, much more.

This Wendy Long is nothing more than a mechanical puppet, with no heart, and certainly no common sense. The Republican/Teabaggers would just as soon have women barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

10:44PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

If any American woman votes Republican, she is a Masochist.

7:45PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Wendy Long who believes that the Republican War on Women is phony its time to turn in your vagina.

5:45PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

You thought the GOP would do something different?????????

5:30PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Sarah H, you freaking moron. "I don't think any for-profit corporations should get my hard-earned tax dollars" huh?

Assuming you can actually READ---

2008 and 2010, 78 of the top 200 corporations avoided paying any taxes at all. That is only one way these corporations raided the futures of millions of their fellow Americans. Robert McIntyre, Director at Citizens for Tax Justice and lead author on the report, says, “These 280 corporations received a total of nearly $223 billion in tax subsidies."

• 38 corporations had negative tax rates all three years. Pepco Holdings topped the list, at -57.6%, with General Electric second at -45.3%.
• In 2009 49 companies paid zero or less federal taxes
• In 2008, 22 of the 280 companies did not pay one dollar in federal taxes, but they received $3.3 billion in tax rebates. In 2010, those numbers jumped to 37 companies that paid no taxes but received $7.8 billion in rebates.
The list of tax avoiders and subsidy recipients includes a lot of familiar names, such as Boeing, Yahoo, Yum Brands, Marathon Oil, FedEx, Hewlett Packard, American Express, and Time Warner.

You want to look for grifters? That's where to look! Start protesting in front of THEIR buildings.

4:30PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Wendy Long must have arrived via a time-machine from the 19th century. Another Repub nut job. Thanks Jessica for the article.

3:41PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

this issue pits young women in their sexual prime against older conservative ones past theirs. It could actually enhance the vote. Which voting bloc has greater numbers?

3:15PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Sarah H.
“To me there are so much more important issues! Contraception is near the bottom of that list. I don't think that any for profit corporation should get my hard earned tax money!”

For profit corporations such as; {{ http://www.progress.org/corpw30.htm
One of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare can be found at a little known federal agency called the Export-Import Bank, an institution that has a budget of about $1 billion a year and the capability of putting at risk some $15.5 billion in loan guarantees annually. At a time when the government is under-funding veterans' needs, education, health care, housing and many other vital services, over 80% of the subsidies distributed by the Export-Import Bank goes to Fortune 500 corporations. Among the companies that receive taxpayer support from the Ex-Im are Enron, Boeing, Halliburton, Mobil Oil, IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, FedEx, General Motors, Raytheon, and United Technologies.

The great irony of Ex-Im policy is not just that taxpayer support goes to wealthy and profitable corporations that don't need it, but that in the name of "job creation" a substantial amount of federal funding goes to precisely those corporations that are eliminating hundreds of thousands of American jobs. In other words, American workers are providing funding to companies that are shutting down the plants in which they work, and are moving them to China, Mexico, Vietnam and wherever e

3:14PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Paula M.
“The "war on women" is absolutely phony. If there is a war where are the casualties? How can Republicans wage a war on women if nearly half of women (and more than half of married women) vote Republican?”

{{ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_gender_gap
In every presidential election year from 1980 - 2008 women have outnumbered men in voting Democratic and the same is true for men outnumbering women voting Republican.[1] From 1980 forward there is a definitive difference in partisanship between male and female voters.[5] The following data was gathered by the Center for American Women and Politics from 13 different sources ranging from October 1994 – September 1996.}}}


DaretoCare S.
“Personhood amendments, which define life as beginning at the moment of conception, would criminalize all abortions,”

It would also criminalize contraception because in the Fright Reich’s minds, contraception causes abortion. And how about the AZ law declaring a women is actually pregnant 2 weeks before she conceives. I guess the Fright Reich views women as Tribbles. IE they are ‘born’ pregnant and only give birth after they are fed. Perhaps that's the reason they want to end and food assistance programs for low income women.

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