Fuck these people.
But with each passing day, as they attempt to redefine “rape” and “rape victim”; as they attempt to pass legislation that permits Dr. Conscientious Objector to refuse to perform emergency abortion services and to also not require hospitals to transfer women to a facility that will provide such services (thus, quite literally, leaving women to die); as they attempt to redefine justifiable homicide such that the murder of any person threatening the life of a fetus becomes justified (does this include the murder of the mother herself? Can a scorned boyfriend or husband decide to murder his girlfriend or wife because he suspects that she intends to make a choice about her body and whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term?), it becomes more and more difficult for me to avoid stating the obvious:
That any person could stand on the House floor and claim that women are out there fuckin’ and abortin’ for sport is positively primitive. I’m not particularly shocked that some Republican asshole (Chris Smith, Asshole-NJ) said such dumbheaded shit. I am shocked that only Jackie Speier (D-Cal.) stood up for the rights of women in this country. What the fuck is the deal with these Republican women? It is beyond the pale.1
So yeah, I’m saying it. Republicans hate women.
And to those who would say it’s unfair to paint all Republicans with such a broad brush, I say this: If you’re a right-leaning individual and you still self-identify as a Republican, there’s something fucking wrong with you. Full stop.
Republicans hate women.
Certainly, there are plenty socially conscious Republicans Whatevers out there. I am friends with some of them. But this GOP — this steaming pile of human entrails — is so repugnant to everything that I believe in and stand for, both intellectually and as a matter of politics, that I am no longer mincing words.
Republicans hate women.
If you don’t believe me, watch this video of Jackie Speier’s remarks during the House vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Yes, that Planned Parenthood. The one that performs a whole host of family planning and lady bits services. The one that performs pap smears, and mammograms, and cancer screenings, and STD testing and services, and ::gasp:: abortions (none of which, as Tom Levenson points out, are funded by taxpayer dollars):
If you self-identify as a Republican, you listen to what Jackie Speier said, and then go find your mother, your wife, your sister, your aunt, and you tell her– tell her to her face — that you stand with the party that thinks so little of women that it has voted to strip funding from an organization that has saved the lives of countless women.
You’re a bunch of assholes.
[cross-posted here at Balloon Juice]
1 Apparently Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) also spoke out against this measure. I haven’t slept in a while, so you’ll have to forgive the error.