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Where is the Outrage Over Sexual Assault in the Military?

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Military woman salute_small.jpgUnbelievable.

In one week, three military officers in charge of preventing and addressing sexual assault were arrested on various sexual assault charges, including sexual harassment, stalking, and forced prostitution.

This highlights a startling trend: a recent Pentagon report estimates that 26,000 cases of sexual assault occurred in the military in 2012. These revelations have finally brought national attention to the widespread problem of sexual assault in the military.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for an immediate re-evaluation of all sexual assault prevention officers and recruits. And President Obama has publicly condemned the epidemic levels of military sexual assault cases:

"Not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be. And as such, it is dangerous to our national security."

The national outrage is loud and clear. This story has the attention of our nation's leaders. So we have to ask: What do some of the most outspoken anti-choice politicians have to say?

Top anti-choice politicians Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have yet to come out and denounce the horrible acts happening to women in the military. Their official government websites and social media pages don't have as much as a statement about how these assaults cripple our country and endanger Americans both in and outside the military.

The silence really says it all. Anti-choice politicians who refuse to take a stand for survivors of sexual assault contribute to the same victim-blaming and shameful silence that keeps women from reporting their sexual assaults in the first place.

This is not a problem to be buried and forgotten. No matter how much anti-choice politicians would prefer to look the other way.

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Woman Up?

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Anti-choice politicians have a problem.

They spent the last 16 months waging a War on Women, and now--crazily enough!--they're seeing that women voters just don't like what they're doing.

So do they:

a) Stop waging their War on Women.

or
b) Pretend that the War on Women never existed in the first place, and come up with a new slogan to try to paper over the fact that they made attacking women's freedom and privacy one of their "highest legislative priorities."

Congratulations to everyone who picked answer b!

Meet "Woman Up!"

Woman Up.jpg

Get it? It's kinda like "man up!" except it's for women.

"Woman Up" is the bright, new idea of the same anti-choice leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives who are leading the charge to wage the War on Women: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Here's a recap of all the "womaning up" these guys have done since taking power:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives held more choice-related votes in 2011 than in any year since 2000.
  • The House voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family-planning program. And Mitt Romney has vowed to do both of these things should he ever reach the White House.
  • Anti-choice lawmakers pushed the Blunt amendment, which could have allowed employers and corporations to block their employees from getting insurance coverage of birth control. Every Republican senator but one voted for this measure--and Gov. Romney voiced his support for it.
  • They held a House committee hearing with an all-male panel attacking birth control.
  • At the state level, these politicians enacted twice as many anti-choice laws in 2011 as they did in the previous year.

Hey, guys--it's not what you say, it's what you do that counts.

Tell Speaker Boehner and the leading anti-choice politicians that if they really want to "woman up," then they better stop their War on Women.

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Attacking Choice: The New Jobs Agenda

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Last fall, politicians campaigned on an agenda of creating jobs and growing our economy. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the anti-choice majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, said we needed to "be focused like a laser" on job growth.

So what have these politicians been up to? Let's look at the House's track record thus far in 2011.

In February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood, a declaration of war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men each year.

Also in February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Title X, the nation's only family-planning program.

In April, anti-choice lawmakers exacted as their price for keeping the government open a budget bill that bans Washington, D.C. from using its own, locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women.

In May, the House passed H.R.3, the outrageous "rape-audits" bill. H.R.3 manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.

Later in May, the House voted to dictate whether doctors and medical students can learn about providing abortion care.

And in June, the House passed a measure that could make it impossible for a woman even to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet or through videoconferencing.

Since January, the House has taken six votes that interfere with a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

How many measures to create jobs has the House passed?

Zero.

Looks like Rep. Cantor's laser is really focused on attacking women's freedom and privacy.

And the anti-choice House leadership is not done yet.

This week, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

The jobs agenda? Ha! That was so 2010.

Have you had it with these never-ending attacks? Tell your representative to put a STOP to this War on Women.

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