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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Outreach To Women

Mike Huckabee

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

What the report said: “Be conscious of developing a forward-leaning vision for voting Republican that appeals to women. The Republican Party needs to offer that same vision and message demonstrating that our policies, principles and vision address the concerns of female voters.”

What happened: Instead of leaning forward, the GOP is attempting to legislate women’s health back to the 1950s. Twenty-two states enacted 70 abortion restrictions in 2013 — more than in any year in American history aside from 2011. In fact, more abortion restrictions were passed from 2011 through 2013 than in the entire previous decade.

The GOP platform’s hostility towards women does not end with reproductive health. As Salon’s Katie McDonough recently explained, Republican policies on poverty, voting rights, minimum wage, guns, and more would all have particularly negative effects on women.

The party didn’t do a much better job on the messaging front. Despite training candidates to stop saying terrifying things about rape and domestic violence, Republicans still just can’t seem to stop their politicians from talking about women being “hosts” for fetuses, or lecturing women about “Uncle Sugar” and controlling their libidos.

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