GOP congresswomen reach out to women

Fighting off accusations of taking part in a legislative war on women, 24 Republican congresswomen united to form the Women’s Policy Committee. And today, the caucus launched a new web video highlighting their shared beliefs.

According to a press release, the main goal is “raising the profile of GOP women in their roles as lawmakers, highlighting their diverse achievements and providing a unique, unified voice on a wide range of critically important issues.”

Like, women’s rights issues for starters? Advocacy groups have slammed Republican lawmakers for staying quiet on these issues in the past. The intro video, “Working For You,” also fails to mention any policies specifically related to females.

Their collective voting record isn’t much better. Think Progress pulled together a round-up of these politicians’ stats on women’s rights issues:
Violence Against Women: Of the 24 women, 22 voted to rollback the Violence Against Women Act, backing a version of the bill that could violate the confidentiality of victims and that excluded protections for immigrants, LGBT people, and Native Americans.

Access to contraception: 21 of the 24 co-sponsored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” to take away regulations enacted under Obamacare requiring most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans, without additional cost-sharing.

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Of the 15 Republican Congresswomen who were in the House at the time, all 15 voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.

Paycheck Fairness Act Act: 13 of those 15 also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update the 1963 Equal Pay Act by closing many of its loopholes and strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination.

Reproductive health: According to Planned Parenthood, 20 of the 24 GOP women earned a zero score, voting against reproductive health at every opportunity. The average score for the women was under 6 percent.
In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner said, “Make no mistake, these aren’t just leaders on so-called ‘women’s issues,’ these are women leaders on all issues.”

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GOP congresswomen reach out to women