Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said Tuesday on the House floor that the Republican Party needed to halt its attacks on women’s reproductive rights, associating their legislative agenda with the recent firestorm surrounding conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
“Rush Limbaugh’s appalling attack on Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke is no isolated incident, but part of a larger GOP assault on women’s health,” he said.
“Republicans have ushered in women’s history month with legislation to allow employers and insurance companies to deny women needed health coverage, but lets also take a look at the recent record on issues important to women’s health,” Yarmuth continued. “Last year, Republicans voted to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States. They voted to eliminate funding for Title X family planning, which for forty years has provided family planning services, cancer screenings, and other preventive health services to low-income women.”
“And with their attempt to repeal the health care reform law, Republicans voted to allow insurance companies to once again deny women coverage if they have ever been pregnant, had a C-section or been the victim on domestic violence.”
“Republican’s idea of women’s history month is re-enacting the women’s equality fight of 100 years ago,” Yarmuth concluded. “I call on my GOP colleagues to join us here in the 21st century, where women not only raise families, they have jobs and they even wear pants.”
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