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Maddow to GOP: Women notice when you try to take away our rights

By David Ferguson
Saturday, April 7, 2012 10:49 EDT
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Maddow discussing the GOP and women's rights
 
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Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow highlighted the remarks of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) who urged Republican men to go home and ask their wives and daughters whether they feel like the GOP is waging an all-out assault on the rights of women.

On Thursday, current RNC Chairman Rance Priebus said that the perception that Republicans are waging a war on women is as absurd as declaring that they have declared a “war on caterpillars.” On Friday, RNS spokesperson Sean Spicer said that for the Democrats to use the word “war” in describing the assault on women’s reproductive freedom “borders on unpatriotic.”

According to Maddow, Senator Murkowski “gets it,” that Republicans are making a grave strategic error by attacking rights that women felt were settled, and have been for decades. Murkowski urged the Republican men running for president in the 2012 race to ask the women in their families if they feel like there has been a push to roll back the clock on women’s rights.

“Women notice when you go after their rights,” Maddow said, pointing out the fact that even as RNC Chairman Priebus gave his interview to Bloomberg TV on Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was signing a slew of acts into law rolling back abortion access, interfering with how physicians may counsel their patients with regard to abortion, and overturning Wisconsin’s version of the Ledbetter Act, the federal statute aimed at eliminating wage discrimination.

Watch the clip, embedded via MSNBC, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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