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In fact, it’s just getting started.  The really ugly thing is that women in this country don’t seem to realize that while it is being fought on some fronts, other fronts have them losing ground with incredible speed.  It is something that few women are realizing, and they need to start focusing on.  The worst part is that it is everywhere.  Even my home state of Alaska is taking some hits.

The stuff that is so bat-s*it crazy, like the law forcing women to get a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion, those were all just window dressing.  It was stuff so insane, that women’s groups would immediately attack with all haste, failing to see where they were losing ground.  The irony is that most of this has been on the state level.

Take the issue of abortion.  The number of restrictions to abortion skyrocketed in 2011.  The number of supportive and neutral states in this battle has rapidly been shrinking.  From between 2000 to 2011, it is almost staggering how many states that were in the middle suddenly jumped ship over to being hostile to women getting an abortion.

Next, there is the battle against birth control.  In some places, there are efforts to deny women access to it altogether.  In Arizona, there is a new bill that would allow prospective employers the ability to sniff through a woman’s personal life.  Effectively, a company could ask their women future employees for proof of the medical prescriptions to show that they are using contraception for non-sexual purposes, like treating ovarian cysts.  It’s an invasion of privacy, and all because these group can also deny coverage of contraceptives for “religious reasons.”  The worst reasoning of all time, and our government has given it to them on a silver platter.  Seems that the First Amendment never meant much to anybody.

Religion has had a very big stake in this game.  The Conferance of Catholic Bishops has made a committment to redouble their efforts to stop women from having access to birth control.  They call it, “religious freedom.”  The freedom to do what?  Force your dogma on other women?  Seems to be a good case for it.

A rather frightening turn of events is that Republicans have also suddenly about-faced on legislation that was never and issue, until the LGBT community got involved.  The Violence Against Women Act, something that has never been a partisan issue before now, is under attack from the conservative right.  In the Senate, there is dwindling support, and why?  Because it was up to extend the benefits of it to LGBT, Native, and other minority groups.  This really kind of kills the argument that Republicans are for everyman (or woman).  They are only for their constitutency, and of course, you have to be straight, and not use birth control.

The sad fact is that while women in this country are fighting, they are playing purely defense.  The right wing of this country has always been good at pushing the goal line so far to the right that no progress can truly get done.  And because the liberal crowd will absolutely not fight, for fear of being called “partisan,” women in this country are losing ground.

Ladies, it is time for you to accept that you can no longer just play defense.  The bills like the one for trans-vaginal ultrasound, or ones in Kansas and Utah, they are just fronts.  While people are fighting against those, the real hits to women’s rights are everywhere.

There has got to be some liberal action taken here.  It is time to take the offensive.  People will call us partisan, but the fact is, we literally can’t do anything else now.  It is way past the point of no return.  This is the point of no sanity.  It is insane how this has been allowed to go one, while anybody who says that we need to start being a little bit more proactive in a political countermeasure is called bad.

It’s not a bad thing to have an agenda.  It’s not a bad thing to fight for it.  Republicans have figured that out, and until the liberals realize that we are in a culture war, and are losing, fast, we are eventually going to see all progress destroyed, and all because these people don’t want to stand up for what is right.

The war against women isn’t over.  It’s just gotten started.

Peace out,

Lefty

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Comments on: "The War Against Women Isn’t Over" (17)

  1. P Meyers said:

    You said this: “The Conferance of Catholic Bishops has made a committment to redouble their efforts to stop women from having access to birth control.”

    Question: When and how?

    And did you know that the Supreme Court has held parts of VAWA unconstitutional?
    Did you know that both parties have a new version of the VAWA?

    And where were all you folk determined to help women hood around when Sarah Palin was the butt of sexist jokes, when her daughter(s) were the subject of prurient speculation?

    • “You said this: “The Conferance of Catholic Bishops has made a committment to redouble their efforts to stop women from having access to birth control.”

      Question: When and how?”

      Answer: http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=51472

      I happen to agree that religious employers should have exemptions from paying for contraception if it is against their faith to do so. However, there are numerous measures being pressed across the nation that go far beyond this type of exemption. Using the AZ bill mentioned in this post as an example: When an employer – including those whose businesses are not religiously affiliated – can fire a woman for using birth control, even if she is getting from an outside source and not her employer’s health care plan, then we’ve crossed a line. If an employer objects to contraception that’s fine, but to object to its use by an employee who pays for it herself is no longer an issue of religious freedom for the employer. This is a right that no employer ought to have in America.

      RE: Sarah Palin, I agree that some of the personal attacks to which she and her family were subjected were just as out of line as anything the right is doing to women now. I think there are some important distinctions to be made between attacks on public figures who voluntarily drag their families into the public arena with them, and attacks on women in general, but I don’t think anyone on the right or the left should lower themselves to that level whether they feel justified in doing so or not. It doesn’t do anything to advance ideas about matters which are actually important, and it turns these discussions into a circus. Not helpful.

      • As an Alaskan, I say that we never went too far with Palin. This woman is just as corrosive to women as Ann Coulter. And not much that bad was really said. Here’s a great skit by Jon Stewart which makes my point – http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-tells-fox-news-to-shut-the-fck-up-about-bill-mahers-offensive-rants/

        And no, employers shouldn’t have the ability to deny birth control if its against their faith. Faith is crap, worthless, socially corrosive crap. If it’s against their faith, then don’t do business. If the Mormon church can be broken with the idea that they will lose their tax breaks with their incessant racism against black people, the business community can be made to do the right thing. Religion needs to go from America’s discourse. Right fast, too. And before anybody brings it up, this is not infringing on their rights. They have the right to worship whomever they please, however they please. They just don’t have the right to use it as a weapon against women.

      • Yeah, I had seen The Jon Stewart piece before, and it’s a good piece. I take his points, but I wonder if he remembers how he got tarred and feathered by liberals when he included Keith Olbermann in his video montage of irate talking heads during his Rally for Sanity. Everyone was yelling “False equivalence!” just as they are now RE: Limbaugh & Maher. And he defended it by saying that he thought public discourse should be more civil across the board, regardless of party affiliation or political philosophy. I agree, and I don’t see why the hell that should be a contentious point for anyone.

        The whole reason that outlets like Fox News and guys like Limbaugh are considered a joke by thinking people is because they don’t know how to fill air time without using insults and innuendo. I hate to see anybody, on either side, hitting the self-righteous sauce too much, ’cause it ain’t pretty no matter who does it. Sanctimonious bellowing is sanctimonious bellowing, and rude is rude, no matter whether I happen to dislike the person you’re targeting or not. Yes, there are levels of rude, and yes, the context of Limbaugh’s comments and the audience they reached were very different from that of Maher’s comments about Palin. But all these progressive purists who are OK justifying one type of ranting over another are missing the greater point, which is that we are supposed to be better than those buttnubs on the right, and sometimes we act like we’re not. If we sink to their level and then get called out when we do it, we can’t be a bunch of whiny bitches about it. Ed Schultz realized that and did the right thing by immediately and unconditionally apologizing for language he used on his radio show. I give him a lot of credit for that even though some liberals may not, but he went up quite a few points in my estimation for being a big enough man to draw a line for himself and take the consequences when he crossed it.

        As for the faith-in-business thing, I couldn’t agree more that religion is a corrosive force in a lot of ways, and that it shouldn’t be allowed to influence our laws or our government. But I think that the compromise made by the president to accommodate religious-affiliated employers and businesses is fair and takes care of the needs of both sides. Anything that an employer might demand beyond that in reference to the use of contraception by their employees, is a crock of crap (as in the AZ bill).

      • I get that getting rid of religion in this country needs to be done with a scalpel, but this is about women’s health. If they can deny coverage, based on their religious beliefs, basically shoving them down other people’s throats, that makes them no better than an oppressor.

        As for the public discourse, we’ve lost the ability to be civil with the internet. It’s gone, unfortunately. And while Schultz was an idiot, I don’t think there is anything wrong with holding somebody like Palin’s feet to the fire, so long as it isn’t to the point of ridiculousness.

      • I’m not accepting the “we’ve moved beyond civility” thing. The bottom feeders can rant on the internet all they like, but rational people still need to speak up the right way. If we collectively decide that it’s not worth it anymore, then we might as well let the Tea Party take over right now. They are trying hard to create a political atmosphere of polarization and anger, and they’ve done a fairly good job, but movements built on that sort of foundation can only last so long. There’s already a lot of buyer’s remorse among Republicans who swept those wingnuts into power in 2010, and there’s an awful lot of trepidation among the mainstream right about guys like Santorum who are going too far to one extreme. Once the smoke clears and the results don’t back up the rhetoric, those apoplectic tactics start losing their effect and eventually a certain amount of yelling ends so that a certain amount of useful debate can begin. it may take time but I think the pendulum must swing the other way at some point. BTW, from my female perspective, once you’ve used the c-word to describe one of us (even Palin), you have indeed reached the point of ridiculousness. With so many valid points to make about Palin, if that’s all you’ve got, you should not ask me to pay you any mind.

      • The Tea Party is run by racism, not uncivility. That and homophobia. I want to believe that people can be civil, but I just don’t. I’m a liberal with absolutely zero faith in humanity. We’re our own worst enemy. So along the way, I’ll get a laugh in at some obtuse rhetoric. I think I’ll let Carlin say the rest of my opinion on this issue –

      • I would say that the Tea Party is run by general intolerance, willful ignorance, and a lack of civility. They all work hand in hand. I would hate to think that reasonable people are willing to follow their lead where public discourse is concerned, simply because they think they have no choice. I can see why you’d lose hope for humanity, but for reasons best explained by the late, great Mr. Carlin in the clip you posted, we’re all we’ve got, like it or not. The only faith I CAN have is in humanity, because nothing else makes a hell of a lot of sense. Thanks for posting that, he was one of a kind.

      • I have faith in nothing. I am a liberal for purely intellectual reasons.

      • Well, I wouldn’t actually bet against any of you to be honest. Any one of those scenarios is entirely plausible. But before that happens, mankind will probably manage to do at least a few more impressive, fascinating, positive things, which I will appreciate to the fullest until the bomb drops/the plague is unleashed/we all die of boredom and apathy.

      • Fair enough. I choose to embrace insanity, hence talking about politics.

    • When humans stop making significant scientific discoveries, medical advances and artistic accomplishments, then I’ll stop having faith in ’em. Until then they’re OK by me.

      • I have money on the human race ending by us making a super-disease that wipes us out. A friend of mine has money on nuclear weapons, and another has his money an ennui.

      • I’ve lost track of where my reply (above) should have gone. I will take this as a sign that I have over-commented on this post and am now messing with the very fabric of comment section space and time. I’d better step off before I blow a hole in this thing that ends the internets as we know them.

  2. Excellent post – I just wrote one myself that discusses this same topic. I’ll go back and put a link to your post in there, because the more voices are raised the better where this is concerned.

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  4. P Meyers said:

    Good grief:

    I’ve stepped into an alternative reality.
    I read from a writer there is no attack on religion ongoing yet religion is openly attacked.
    I read that mankind’s hope is to help one another then calls for some sort of catastrophe to befall humanity.
    I read calls for tolerance, yet intolerance is incited.
    I’ve read complaints against sexism and misogyny yet complaints sexism and misogyny didn’t go far enough against others.

    and BTW – I read that whole PDF from the Cardinal and found no “attack” on womanhood… but I suppose some of you “knew what he meant.”

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