Will Allen Denounce GOP's Belittling Rhetoric on Women's Health?
Richmond, VA - Yesterday ABC News and The Huffington Post reported on Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryanmocking the language some have used to describe the unprecedented attack on women's health and economic rights that Republicans have undertaken in Virginia and across the country over the past few years. Speaking at a private fundraiser Ryan said:
"Now it's a war on women; tomorrow it's going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that."
Ryan's derisive language belittles the nationwide outcry over radical legislation like Bob McDonnell's law that forces a medically unnecessary ultrasound on Virginia women before they undergo an abortion and Personhood legislation being pushed around the country that could outlaw abortion and some forms of birth control.
Shortly after Ryan's callous remarks a Romney advisor appeared on WJLA in Northern Virginia and doubled down on the Romney-Ryan ticket's belittling rhetoric about women's health. Romney political director Rich Beeson said:
"Barack Obama four years ago said, 'If you don't have something to talk about on the issues you talk about the small things,'" Beeson said in response to a question about women's issues. "And that's what we're seeing from the Obama campaign ... They don't have an issue to run on, they don't have an agenda for the next term, so they want to talk about the small things and distract America from the important things of restoring and strengthening the middle class and putting America back to work."
Former Senator George Allen is running on the same ticket as Romney and Ryan and he's embraced much of their anti-woman agenda. He supports Personhood at the federal level and endorsed the Blunt amendment that would allow employers to deny employees contraception coverage for any reason. He has refused to condemn McDonnell's ultrasound bill.
Now, as his ticket mates belittle people who object to their anti-women's health agenda, the question is, does Allen stand with them? Does he think an unpredented effort to roll back women's health is the same thing as a "war on left-handed Irishmen?" Does he agree that focusing on health care freedoms for women amounts to "talking about the small things?"
Virginia women deserve an answer