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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:57 PM

GOP Voting Measures Anger Women’s Groups

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Bills currently being considered in 13 state legislatures have several women’s rights groups and prominent civil rights advocates accusing Republicans of attempting to disenfranchise the nation’s female population.

The measures — all very similar in nature — would require female voters to undergo counseling and/or wait at least 24 hours after first visiting the polls before being allowed to cast their ballot.

Opponents describe such legislation as a blatant attempt to prevent women from voting. Supporters claim that no one’s rights would be infringed, and the measures, once enacted, will allow female voters to ‘make more informed decisions’.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a proponent of a bill currently being debated by the House of Delegates which would require that all women seeking to exercise their right to vote first undergo a brain MRI and then have the results as well as informational material prepared by state legislators read and explained to them before casting their ballot, defended his position telling reporters, “Elections have consequences. They can profoundly affect people’s lives. It is not our intention to discourage anyone from exercising their constitutionally protected rights. Rather, before taking such an important step, we feel it is in the best interests of our Commonwealth that all women seeking to vote be provided with the tools they need to make an informed decision.”

When asked by one reporter why he feels there is a need for women, specifically, to receive state-mandated information before being casting a ballot, the Governor responded, “C’mon — you know how they can be.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus bristled when asked to respond to critics’ accusations that these and similar proposals expected to be introduced in at least 10 other GOP controlled state houses are nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to discourage women from voting brought about by recent polls...

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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 06:03 PM

1. Truth Stranger Than Fiction

Even though your post is satire, it may be closer to reality than you think. Upon reflection these coercion bills really are an insult to women in that they are saying they women are too feeble minded to know what they want. They are not qualified to make life decisions.

I simply do not understand how any woman would not be outraged by such an attitude. And now the governor of Virginia is saying and is doubling down saying that the "war on women" is a political scheme. Maybe it is just your imagination.

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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 09:14 PM

2. Thanks for noticing...

...it's satire.

The problem is, there's nothing so ridiculous one can say the Republicans are doing that people wouldn't believe it...

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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 09:55 PM

3. The Trouble Is

The trouble is that I believe that your satire is what the GOP really is thinking. That women are not qualified to vote and do need guidance. The fundamental premise behind ALL of the GOP mechinations over contraception and abortion goes back to the Dominionist and theocratic idea women are genetically inferior. The Book of Genesis implies it directly i.e. women was made of Adam's rib. The GOP is willing to give the theocrats political power in exchange for economic power.

Even though your piece is satire, I would guess it is not satire to the GOP or fundamentalist mind. What is sad is how many GOP women and other women go along with it. In my opinion women face the biggest political threat since suffrage. I also believe that the GOP would rescind the 19th amendment if they thought they could get away with it. Many Democrats and Republicans in particular did not support suffrage back in 1920. The GOP and conservative viciously apposed the Equal Rights Amendment. It needed only one or two states to be ratified and Phylis Schafly of the Eagle Forum and the GOP went on the war path and killed it.

And I do believe that if women push back like they did with suffrage the GOP will treat women violently if they have power. If you watch the movie "Iron Jawed Women" you will see how violently women were treated during that fight for the vote and suffrage passed by only ONE vote that was a last minute change.

I know who these people are because I have been following them extensively since Reagan. There is no place whatsoever for any women in the Republican party as it is now. As long as they can control your health care and reproductive care women will have no economic freedom, political freedom or personal freedom. And they are dead serious about taking away all of womens rights.

Just look at the governor of Virginia how mocking he is today that its all just a political game brewed by Democrats and women. He is a rising star in the GOP who could be the VP nomination and he is touted as a potential presidential candidate in 2016 if Romney loses.

Women better make sure they vote in big numbers and that Democrats prevail because it is game over.

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