Medical insurance plans across America must offer free birth control to all women who want it, under President Obama's Affordable Care Act. But Republicans in many states are fighting this provision -- even asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overthrow it.
Bizarrely, former evangelist and GOP leader Mike Huckabee seemed to imply last week that those who want birth control are wanton women who "cannot control their libido." Addressing the GOP National Committee in Washington, he declared:
"If the Democrats want to insult women by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it."
Wow -- this sounds like another blast in the never-ending GOP "war on women." No wonder female voters reject right-wing, Tea Party-style candidates.
Weirdly, Huckabee -- who once told a Charleston audience that same-sex marriage will lead to weddings between people and animals -- claimed that he's pursuing a "war for women." But we doubt that many females welcome his onslaught.
The war on women is real, as follows:
Time after time, Republican leaders have attacked Planned Parenthood, the nation's chief provider of birth control.
Time after time, GOP legislators have imposed punitive state laws to block desperate teen-age girls from terminating pregnancies. Last summer, reports said Republicans in state legislatures had imposed 170 such restrictions.
Time after time, conservatives have opposed sensible sex education, demanding that public schools teach "abstinence only" to tell teens to shun sex entirely -- a strategy that doesn't work, and leaves adolescent girls at risk of unwanted pregnancy.
Time after time, House Republicans in Congress blocked renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which protects U.S. women and girls from battering, stalking, date rape, domestic murder and the like. But a few in the GOP finally switched sides last year and let the law proceed.
Time after time, the GOP has opposed equal pay laws for women -- Rep. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., repeatedly votes against them -- and also obstructed day care that lets mothers hold jobs.
Remember when super-Republican Rush Limbaugh called a college girl a "slut" because she testified that she wanted birth control?The so-called right-wing culture war and the war on women overlap. So far, neither seems to be fading.