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Real Women Have Power

The year 2012 will go down in history, not just for its major presidential election or the Supreme

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Court of the United States surprise ruling, upholding the Affordable Care Act, but something far more important.

The war on women.  While both equally important, the war on women has got to take the cake.

In 2009, the Republican party ran on “jobs, jobs, jobs.”  By doing so (and our nation’s voters needing some instant gratification) the win went to Republican’s, who not only won the House of Representatives, a few extra seats in the Senate but many of the state houses across the country.

It was a declaration!  A referendum on President Barack Obama lackluster two years in office!

Republican’s, so committed to job growth and the economy, you know how many jobs bills have been introduced since 2011?

Let me put it this way…we’re still kinda waiting.

Instead, what Republican’s did introduce was legislation targeting women and their reproductive rights.  A long list of them…all across the country.

But what does that have to do with jobs, you ask?  Exactly.

Let’s take the state of Michigan for example.  It’s had a tough few years. Michigan is currently recovering from several years of economic downturn.  In recent months it has faced a threat to its democracy, one we’ve not seen…maybe ever.  But even more importantly, the Michigan state legislature apparently has an issue with the term, “vagina.”

That’s right, V-A-G-I-N-A, VAGINA!

I’m no expert.  I don’t claim to have the answers to anything or everything.  But in the case of Republican’s focusing on women’s issues, it is no coincidence. It is part of a master plan by the Republican party and an ongoing refusal to move forward on issues as basic and as progressive as those pertaining to a woman’s uterus.  Republican’s claim it is a party that respects the constitution of the United States, yet respects very little a decision that was made by the Supreme Court of this country back in 1973.

In order to fight this war on women, it’s up to many of us…a majority of American’s, actually, to gain the tools necessary to confront these so-called, “leaders” and keep them from taking away rights we have done everything in our limited power, to protect.

Democracy for America will soon launch a series called, “War for Women” in which it will provide tools to many of us who are committed to a woman’s right to choose, as well as many other issues women face, challenges we will need to confront in the coming months and years.

If the Republican’s get their way this year or next year or any year for that matter, our country will regress by generations — successes women have seen in the last thirty years, could all go away.  This is the threat we face.

We must equip ourselves.  We must win.

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