The GOP’s War on Women is “something fictitious and made up,” former Governor Judy Martz told a group of Havre Republicans yesterday. The Havre Daily News has the story on the latest ludicrous statement from the former Republican governor.
Martz is infamous for diminishing the dangers of domestic violence and belittling the women who are its victims. In a January, 2001 speech to an audience of 650 people in Butte, Martz said:
“My husband has never battered me, but then again, I’ve never given him a reason to.”
Besides Martz, the dream team that Republicans assembed to convince us that there is no War on Women included: TEA Party legislators Rep. Wendy Warburton and Kris Hansen of Havre, candidate for state school superintendent Sandy Welch, and Ronalee Skees. Ronalee is the wife of TEA Party poster boy Rep. Derek Skees, who is running for state auditor.
I can’t think of a worse group of women to make the claim that women’s rights aren’t under attack. These GOPers exemplify the efforts to restrict women’s rights. Each has either introduced anti-women legislation or championed the War on Women through work with right-wing causes.
Definitely do not miss reading this entire article. The Martz quotes alone are mind-bogglingly stupid. There’s even a reference to something Martz calls “meanness ears.”
But Martz’s loony, oddly-worded statements are only the beginning. Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Sandy Welch, who is a transplant from California, told the Havre Republicans of her belief that there is no glass ceiling. Rather, says Welch, women just “weren’t going into positions that would advance them to leadership” by choice. Even Welch’s idol Sarah Palin talked about the importance of breaking the glass ceiling. Perhaps Welch doesn’t read the paper.
And let’s not forget Wendy Warburton’s explanation for the lack of GOP women candidates. Warburton said a couple of years back, “the biggest reason that more women who are Republicans don’t get into politics is because we are the pro-family party” and are home raising kids like the women of the pro-family party should be.
Martz and crew would have us believe that the GOP isn’t really pushing bills to take away women’s rights–well, maybe just a little:
“The issues that … they are beating us up on are just plain not coming up, ” she said. “When you go to (legislative) session there will be some bills that will speak to it, but very, very few. ”
In reality, Montana Republicans pushed a record number of anti-woman bills during the last session that would have decimated women’s reproductive rights, blocked women’s health care access, and legalized discrimination against women in insurance pricing–all of which were vetoed by Governor Schweitzer. A recent report even found that the 2011 Legislative Session “brought the most antichoice bills introduced in the twenty-four years NARAL Pro-Choice Montana has been tracking choice-related votes at the Capitol.”