DNC Chair: Republicans Are Waging a 'War on Women'
But Democrats who vote pro-life get a pass.
2:55 PM, May 26, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Thursday morning that Republicans are "anti-woman" and are waging "war on women" in pursuit of an "extremely radical social agenda." What about her Democratic colleagues who voted the same way as Republicans to cut off taxpayer-funding of abortion and/or Planned Parenthood? Are they "anti-woman" as well? "No," said Wasserman Schultz. They get a pass.
"It's just so hard for me to grasp how they [Republicans] can be as anti-woman as they are," Wasserman Schultz told reporters at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. She continued: "I think that the pushback and the guttural reaction from women against the Republicans' agenda out of the gate, the war on women that the Republicans have been waging since they took over the House, I think is not only going to restore but help us exceed the president's margin of victory in the next election."
When I asked Wasserman Schultz if her attack on pro-life Republicans also applies to pro-life Democrats who voted for the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," she said it did not. One big reason the pro-life Democrats were exempt, she claimed, is that all of them voted "not to defund Planned Parenthood." But that's not true. Ten Democrats voted to defund Planned Parenthood:
Wasserman Schultz was elevated to head the DNC largely because she's known for being an aggressive attack dog, but her harsh words could put her at odds with pro-life members she's supposed to support as head of the Democratic National Committee.
Here's a transcript of my conversation with Wasserman Schultz:
It's true that no Democrats voted for H.R. 1, the House Republicans original budget that passed in February, which zeroed out Title X contraception funding. But most pro-life Republicans, including Mike Pence opposed that underlying measure, despite their vote for the budget as a whole. They simply want to ensure that Title X funds don't go to groups that perform abortions.
*As for Wasserman Schultz's claims that Republicans sought to "redefine rape" in H.R. 3, that's not true either.
Update: Marjorie Dannenfelser of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List responds:
Update II: A statement from Kristen Day, head of Democrats for Life: "We endorse the cuts to Planned Parenthood and support bans on taxpayer funding of abortion. However, we oppose the Republican budget's devastating cuts to health care, nutrition, and maternal benefits support for the poor. The horror of the budget is not what it does to contraception, but what it does to poor pregnant women and infants."
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