A press release on Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) site announced the formation of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee in the House. In the article, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “Make no mistake, these aren’t just leaders on so-called ‘women’s issues,’ these are women leaders on all issues.” A video, "House Republican Women Working for You," on the new committee showed that they are hardly leaders on “so-called ‘women’s issues.’" After the video, we'll look at their anti-women voting records:
The congresswomen state that they are “working together to create jobs, reduce spending, help small businesses, and put health care decisions back into your hands.” There’s no mention of issues specific to women’s rights, well-being and health. That’s because these representatives are part of the Republican war on women, as evidenced by a review of their voting records compiled by Think Progress:
Violence Against Women: Of the 24 women, 22 voted to roll back the Violence Against Women Act, backing a version of the bill that could violate the confidentiality of victims and that excluded protections for immigrants, LGBT people, and Native Americans.
Access to contraception: 21 of the 24 co-sponsored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” to take away regulations enacted under Obamacare requiring most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans, without additional cost-sharing.
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Of the 15 Republican Congresswomen who were in the House at the time, all 15 voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.
Paycheck Fairness Act Act: 13 of those 15 also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update the 1963 Equal Pay Act by closing many of its loopholes and strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination.
Reproductive health: According to Planned Parenthood, 20 of the 24 GOP women earned a zero score, voting against reproductive health at every opportunity. The average score for the women was under 6 percent.
This new committee, then is window dressing meant to obscure the GOP's war on women–a war that the Women’s Policy Committee members fully support.