Chairman of the nation’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Gregory Jaczko denied in a press conference on Friday that he bullied or had been abusive to female members of the commission or any of the NRC staff.
In a bipartisan move, "the president will renominate Republican Kristine Svinicki," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, confirming a Reuters report. "He doesn't want to have a break in service in June when her current term expires."
Senate leader Harry Reid and the president are not in agreement on the renomination of Ms. Svinicki. Reid opposes based on her connection to the nuclear industry she regulates and does not deserve the job, according to a Reuters report.
Jaczko’s denials are amid accusations that a war on women is being waged in this country. The facts are shocking when viewed in aggregate. The Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen made her infamous statement about Ann Romney never working a day in her life brought both parties to Romney’s defense, and it also generated a national conversation regarding stay-at-home-moms and their value, and at the same time bringing into focus the war on women. Democrats accuse Republican legislators nationally and at the state levels of waging a war on women. Is this real or imaged? The following is what has transpired in the last year suggesting that, yes, there is a war on women in this country.
Republicans want to reduce women’s access to abortion care and tried to redefine rape. Last Thursday, House Republicans, facing an onslaught of outside pressure, decided to remove the controversial "forcible rape" provision from their "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." The original language from the Hyde Amendment—which bans federal funding for abortions through Medicaid except in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life—will replace the "forcible" provision, said a spokesman for Rep. (R-N.J.), who introduced the bill. The move comes in response to heavy criticism in recent days from outside advocacy groups, according to a Mother Jones report.
In Georgia a state legislator wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking and domestic violence to “accuser.” Victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary would remain “victims.”
In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state's GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.
Republicans want to cut nearly one billion dollars of food and other aid to low income pregnant women, mother and children, including Head Start that serves over 200,000 children for preschool.
Congressional Republicans proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
In Maryland, Republicans ended all county money for low income children’s preschool program. Their reasoning was that a woman should be home with her children, not working. Really? What about all the single mothers who have to work?
Two thirds of the elderly poor are women. Republicans want to cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens. Also, In Home Supportive Services funded through Medicaid has already been targeted. This program helps those who have medical conditions and have become incapacitated and need home assistance for the activities of daily living.
Congress voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenhood health center, which is one of the best and most trusted providers of health care and family planning for women—in particular low income women and teenagers.
The Republican controlled House last year voted to end all funding to Planned Parenthood for any purpose. The bill to cut Planned Parenthood funds, if passed by the Senate, will also cost lives to men and women. Meanwhile, Rep.(R. IN) introduced a spending bill amendment aimed at promoting contraception use by horses to control and save the population of wild horses. Burton's amendment would prevent the Bureau of Land Management from holding wild horses in pens and offers "immuno-contraception" to the horses as an alternative. These same Republican politicians, who want to strip women of their right for any contraceptive resources through Planned Parenthood, offer an amendment to support funding for contraceptives for wild horses.
Programs focused on women and children many times are the sources of last resort for middle and low income women. No single factor can fully account for this demographic phenomenon, but publicly funded services are often poor women’s' sole resort for assistance and health care outside the emergency room. As the middle class shrinks, women are being thrust into poverty at greater numbers and relying on public services.
Of the 36 million women in need of contraceptive care in 2008, 17.4 million were in need of publicly funded services and supplies because they either had an income below 250% of the federal poverty level or were younger than 20. The number of women in need of publicly funded services increased by more than one million (6%) between 2000 and 2008. Among the 17.4 million women in need of publicly funded contraceptive care, 71% (12.4 million) were poor or low-income adults, and 29% (5 million) were younger than 20. Four in 10 poor women of reproductive age have no insurance coverage whatsoever.
Punitive legislative policies enacted under the guise of reducing the deficit and appeasing fundamentalist’s ideals is shortening the lives of poor to middle class women, and in some cases is discriminatory. The effects of these actions are real and measurable. The Violence Against Women Act has been reauthorized by a bipartisan in every congressional session since its inception in 1994. This year, however, the Republican House and some in the Senate refuse to support it because of provisions that cover lesbians and Native Americans.
Republicans want to slash every kind of program there is that helps women house, feed, clothe and educate their children. The Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, called the war “a fiction” and compared it to a “war on caterpillars.”
Equal access and respect for women’s rights are being compromised by Republicans in some cases by states through incremental legislation and on the federal level. Federal legislation by the House of Representatives' Republicans prioritize keeping the Bush tax cuts over preserving poor to middle class women’s programs that are vital in many cases for their survival.
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