While Judy Martz crisscrosses the state saying assuring voters that “there is no war on women,” Rick Hill’s record and positions prove otherwise.
He has, shall we say, a Woman Problem. No, I’m not talking about Hill’s affair with a cocktail waitress. Hill has a problem with women voters because of his backward beliefs and miltant anti-woman voting record. And if he becomes governor, there will absolutely be a war waged against women from the second floor of the State Capitol Building.
One wonders if Hill, had he knocked up his waitress, would have asked her to have the baby.
When the rest of the GOP was throwing Todd Akin off the boat (because of his nutty views about rape victims), Hill backed Akin up. Hill is an absolutist on abortion. No abortion, in any circumstance including rape and incest, reported the top Montana women’s advocacy group this week.
When he’s in office, therefore, Hill will do what all Republicans do on abortion. They can’t make abortion illegal outright, so they do it by death by a thousand cuts. Limit funding for poor women who can’t afford to feed the children they already have; pass laws requiring ultra sounds and vaginal probes; allow sham clinics, run by religious zealots rather than doctors, to fraudulently operate in a way that draws unsuspecting women in, leaving them confused and misinformed. Forbid any state institution from performing abortions. Publicly support anti-Roe ballot initiatives. With a solidly GOP legislature, a Governor Rick Hill would be an anti-choicer’s dreamboat. And yet on this crucial issue, such a Governor would maintain a position that 90% of Montana voters oppose.
The new report by NARAL Pro-Choice Montana also shows that during his short time in the House, Congressman Hill cast 50 votes to restrict women’s reproductive rights. And, when the right-wing Montana Family Foundation released its voter guide recently, only two candidates in the entire state of Montana even bothered to fill out the survey. Hill was one of them (the other is Liz Bangerter– more on that later).
When asked whether he was opposed to abortion in all circumstances (e.g. even when a woman has been raped.) Hill refused to answer. He also refused to answer the question about whether abortion should be prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: beware when GOP candidates don’t respond to questions during campaigns. They will screw you once they are elected. Here is the screenshot of the questions and here are Hill’s answers.
Hill is even on the record opposing no-fault divorce–a law all 50 states have passed. Hill would have us return to centuries past, when couples were required to assign blame or fault before they could end a marriage. The situation was especially horrendous for victims of domestic violence trapped in abusive marriages who were left no way out without the consent of the abuser. Hill touts his opposition to no-fault divorce in this campaign fundraising letter (PDF).
For those that are interested, here’s a screenshot of Liz Bangerter’s answers to the Montana Family Foundation questionnaire. Here are the questions.