2015 in Quotes: The War on Womenby
The only issue that matches the far right’s obsession with gay sex is abortion. Let’s take a look at what we heard from the right this year about women and reproductive health care. The right’s contempt for women (including from other women!) was evident in other areas as well. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“People ask me all the time. ‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?’ Just read the Bible. God will not allow sin to go unpunished and he certainly won’t allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished.”
– Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, suggesting that the horrific terrorist attacks on 9/11 were God’s judgment on America for legal abortion.
“To find out that this culture of death is now leading to the sale — this is no different than what happened in Nazi Germany. No different than doing the experiments on the old men and old women and now doing them on the babies.”
– Texas state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, speaking at an anti-abortion rally at the Capitol in Austin and promoting the lie that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissues following abortions.
“It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and a transgendered leftist activist. If that’s what he is, I don’t think it’s fair to blame on the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer.”
– Sen. Ted Cruz, upset at suggestions that venomous, right-wing criticisms of Planned Parenthood might have played a role in the mass shooting by an anti-abortion extremist at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic the day after Thanksgiving.
“You want ‘safe spaces”? Sure thing, start by making the womb one.”
– A post retweeted by Texas state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, following the mass shooting by an anti-abortion extremist at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic the day after Thanksgiving.
– Language on signs placed on nameplates outside the offices of state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and other anti-abortion Texas legislators on the day Planned Parenthood supporters went to the Capitol for a scheduled lobby day.
“Last I checked we don’t have a rubber shortage in America. When I was in college we had a machine in the bathroom, you put .50 cents in and voila!”
“Boys are more likely than girls to look at the cost-benefit tradeoff of going to college. The imbalance of far more women than men at colleges has been a factor in the various sex scandals that have made news in the last couple of years.”
– Religious-right icon Phyllis Schlafly, suggesting that the problem of campus sexual assault is tied to the increased enrollment of women in postsecondary institutions.
“In their minds they are just being ‘liberated women,’ only they are professionally rewarded for being ‘liberated’ in the vicinity of men with crucial intelligence or strategic access to power. It is especially important to find weak links to access in the Austin clan who don’t pledge allegiance to the current special interest regime – conservatives – and this caliber of woman can do this job uniquely well.”
– Weston Hicks, writing on the far-right blog Agenda Wise about women who work at the Texas Capitol because they want access to “men with crucial intelligence or strategic access to power.” Hicks calls the women “political whores,” “political concubines,” and “political call girls.”