"This morning, for example, Republican Representative Christopher H. Smith decried the rejection of PRENA as the “real war on women” without a trace of irony, despite the fact that he used story about an immigrant woman abused violently for not having sons. The entitled audacity of voting in gendered blocs against the Violence Against Women Act and then using stories about abused immigrant women (whose rights to protection and legal redress you just voted to eliminate) to justify your own attempts to control girls and women is stunning. People like this are walking manifestations of violence against girls and women. His claim to care about girls and women flies in the face of everything his party stands for. If you genuinely want to “protect little girls and women” you don’t limit yourself to a single minded focus on their uteri. You understand, for example, why health care, fair pay and comprehensive sex ed are important for their well being. You understand why contraception is about jobs and the economy. You understand, for example, why forcing women service members to pay for their own rape-caused abortions is wrong. You don’t make jokes, for example, about about throwing acid on female political opponents or perpetually describe girls and women as farm animals."
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