Nancy Pelosi on GOP's Anti-Women Bills: "Most Radical Assault... In Our Lifetimes"

The GOP's scorched-earth approach to women's reproductive rights is appalling -- not only do new bills threaten to gut financial access to abortions and disgustingly redefine 'rape,' they are seeking to completely sever all funding for family planning and repro health. That means it's not just abortion they're trying to restrict, but access to contraception and affordable gynos, too. It is a full-on war on women, and Nancy Pelosi, for one, is outraged.

Speaking on a conference call yesterday, the House Minority Leader was unflinching and direct about the implications. The Plumline:

Pelosi -- who promised a huge fight against House Republicans over the issue in the days ahead -- didn't hold back one bit, claiming the new legislative push by Republicans "disrespects the judgment of American women."

"I don't know if they ever give that a thought," she added.

Pelosi described the GOP push as the "most radical assault" on women's reproductive rights "in our lifetimes." And she was equally blunt in her assessment of right-wing assaults on family planning.

"They are at a different philosophical place," she said, characterizing their view as: "all engagement has to result in a child." Pelosi noted that contraception and family planning is "not consistent with their belief that it's all about procreation."

Pelosi has made a promise to organize the pro-choice Dems in the House and fight as loudly as possible, ensuring that American women know the infractions being leveled against us. "We don't have a set of shared values," she said. "We have to fight this out in the public domain, so when we move to the Senate it has no popular support."

Read more at the Plumline.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 11, 2011, 3:42am

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