The Republican Death Machine: Republicans Are Killing Women

womanIf you are a woman you are more likely to vote Democrat. If you are an unmarried woman you are far more likely to vote Democrat. If you are a minority, you are far more likely to vote Democrat. If you are a first generation immigrant you are far more likely to vote Democrat. If your gender is non-binary or your sexual orientation is not heterosexual you are far more likely to vote Democrat. If you are an atheist you are more likely to vote Democrat. If you make less than $15,000 a year you are far more likely to vote Democrat.

There is something else all of these groups have in common: Republicans have endorsed or enacted legislation to aid directly and indirectly in killing every group of people I have mentioned so far. I know that is a significant claim. Over the course of a series of articles on this site, it is one I intend to prove with facts and sources. It is something I will repeat. Republican policies are murdering the people most likely to disagree with them.

It is no secret that women are not fully human in the eyes of the Republican Party. We dance around this because it is too repugnant to say on a regular basis, but it is the truth. Next year’s ‘Equal Pay Day’ is April 10, 2018. That day is selected because in order for the average American woman to make as much as the average American man did in 2017, she would have to work until April 10, 2018. This is the 21st Century and whenever the subject of equal pay for men and women comes up, Republicans argue against paying women the same as men for the same amount of work. This alone shows that they see women as fundamentally less than human.

Of course Republican hatred of women goes far deeper than simply not paying them the same amount. In 2013 when the Violence Against Women Act was up for renewal 160 Republicans voted against it. This is the typical Republican strategy. They are too cowardly to openly commit murder. Instead they just help those who do in any way they can.

Republicans are famous for being in favor of allowing Americans to own guns regardless of their background. They have fought to keep domestic violence perpetrators armed. They have fought to keep the mentally ill armed. They have fought to make college campuses armed. They even suggest women purchase guns themselves which may seem to be a form of protection but research shows otherwise. Dr. Deborah Azrael, the associate director of the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center and a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health said, “What we know is that if a woman is going to be killed by a firearm, she’s most likely to be killed by a current or former intimate partner. What we know is where there are more guns, more women die. That’s just incontrovertibly true.”

Relying on murderous former lovers is not enough for the Republican death machine. This is where the Republican war on Planned Parenthood comes in. The current President of the United States said on the campaign trail last year, “The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly, and you can’t have it. And you just shouldn’t be funding it. That should not be funded by the government, and I feel strongly about that.”

Of course this is untrue on many levels, but it is the standard lie that Republicans tell. It is a well-known fact that abortions account for less than 3% of what Planned Parenthood does and that federal dollars have never been spent on abortions at Planned Parenthood. But, given this is the case, why would Republicans be so adamant about defunding Planned Parenthood? The answer is simple. In addition to keeping women poorer by paying them less, keeping violent attackers of women armed, and limiting a woman’s access to abortion, Republicans want to limit a woman’s access to healthcare in general.

Study after study has shown that the thing that lowers the abortion rate more than anything else is contraception and accurate, non-religious, non-judgmental sexual education. These are two areas that Planned Parenthood excels at. But this is not all that Planned Parenthood does. Every year Planned Parenthood conducts over 600,000 cancer screenings. Approximately 70,000 of those turn out to be women with pre-cancerous lesions or early-stage breast or cervical cancer. Early detection of cancer is one of the primary indicators of whether or not you will survive having cancer. Or put another way, cutting Planned Parenthood funding puts 70,000 women in danger of discovering they have cancer too late to do anything but die.

It is clear to anyone paying attention that Planned Parenthood does a lot more than birth control and abortion services, but it is also worth talking about these services. As I have mentioned before, safe and legal abortion was not the beginning of abortion. It was the beginning of women not dying on a regular basis from botched abortions. There is plenty of evidence to show what happens when abortions are performed by unqualified people. It is also worth noting that having the ability and the knowledge to control one’s reproductive life gives women a better chance to control their destinies. If that is taken away, women become less likely to move out of poverty. They become less healthy. They end up needing to rely on others for support and childcare. Ideally, what a Republican politician hopes is that these underpaid, under supported women forced to have children they do not want will end up thinking they need a man. Because the only thing worse than a woman in the eyes of a Republican is a woman not married to a man.

Marriage is important in the eyes of Republicans if for no other reason than the fact that unmarried women vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. This is a direct threat to the Republicans. Women are not fully human in their eyes and like any other living thing, they see the need to subjugate and control them. It was within my own lifetime that we got rid of laws allowing men to rape their wives. Republicans continue to fight for the right to rape women as long as you are married to them. In Ohio last February Republicans fought against closing a loophole that allowed forms of marital rape. In Iowa this year an anti-abortion bill was proposed that would allow the parents of an unmarried woman to decide whether or not she has a child regardless of her age. Their efforts to control women know no bounds.

The Republican message to women is incredibly clear: If you are a woman, expect to be paid less, expect to be in danger from men, expect to be told what to do, expect a lack of birth control options, expect a lack of healthcare, expect cancer to go undetected, expect to be raped, and if you get pregnant, expect no choice in whether or not you have that child. Expect that Republicans will do everything possible to control you and kill you because not only do you vote Democrat, but you had the audacity to be female in man’s world.

– Jack Cameron

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A Republican Candidate

My fellow Americans, I’d like to ask you a favor. I’d like to ask that you forget most of what you’ve heard from the Republican Party over the last few years. In 2008 we nominated the governor from the great state of Alaska as the running mate for John McCain’s Presidential Campaign. She was plain spoken like the outgoing Republican President. She lacked experience. But she had moxie. Sarah Palin was a shot in the arm to the Republican Party. And unfortunately, like so many drug addicts have done, we mistook that rush for something positive and began to lose everything we hold dear, all the while saying that we’re just fine.

I’ve read my bible. I’ve gone to church. And at that church I have learned a lesson so many of my party seemed to have forgotten: Hate the sin, not the sinner. One of our greatest freedoms is our freedom of religion. My love for Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior cannot be stopped by authorities in the government. And no matter how much I believe Him to be the Truth, the Light, and the Way that freedom of religion affords everyone in this country the right to believe whatever they want just like I do. No matter your sin, you are welcome in our country. No matter your sin, you’re welcome in my church. In church I will tell you where I feel you’ve lost your way. But in office, I will simply live my life according to my Savior’s teachings in the hope that my example inspires you to do the same. If it does not, my response should not be to try to legislate you to do so, but to work harder to be a better example.

The Republican Party should not be the party that tries to tell you what to do in your bedroom.  The Republican Party should not be the party that tells you who you can and cannot marry. We are not the party the invades your private life.

The Republican Party has traditionally stood for individual responsibility. This means we believe in you, the American People to make the best decisions for yourself and for our country. This is why we are so firm on our right to bare arms.

A woman testifies before Congress about contraception. Rush Limbaugh calls her a ‘slut’. Not one Republican stood up for that woman. During the primaries at a presidential debate people applauded when it was suggested someone without healthcare be left to die in the street. Not one candidate admonished the crowd. John Boehner said that he would try to stop any legislation with Obama’s name on it regardless of merit. Not one Republican stood up to say that was wrong.

We have become a party of bullies, elitists, and thugs. And that’s not who we are or what we should be about. Yes, in the Southern states and elsewhere you’ll always get applause if you talk about keeping gays out of the military. You’ll also get applause if you offer each and every one of them a car. That doesn’t make it good political policy.

The Republican Party used to stand up for what was right in America. Now we stand up to put down gays, women, and anyone who isn’t a Republican. We refuse to work with Democrats for fear it will make us look weak and because we don’t want to give the Democrats a ‘win’. We do these things and pretend like we’re statesmen when we aren’t. Not anymore.

I come before you to say that this is not the Republican Party I represent or want to be a part of. I come here to denounce the Sarah Palins with their style over substance, the Glenn Becks with their paranoia and fear over facts and reality, and the Rush Limbaughs with their self important hate mongering. I come before you to announce that the Republican Party I stand for believes in everyone paying their fair share of taxes from the poor to the rich. The Republican Party I stand for believes in responsible government regulation without over complicated red tape. The Republican Party I stand for isn’t going to legislate your life because as Americans we believe you know best how to live it. The Republican Party I stand for does not attack the Democratic Party as though they are the enemy. We simply show how our policies make better financial sense and contribute to a better America.

My name is Jack Cameron. I’m a writer and this speech was written as something I’d love to hear a Republican say but doubt I ever will. This is why I’m voting for Obama in November. It’s why my Dad, who has traditionally voted Republican is voting for Obama. It’s a fictional speech about something real. It’s what’s wrong with the Republican Party and a hint of what they could do to fix that. Thank you for reading.

–          Jack Cameron