John McCain spoke recently on the Senate floor, with no small amounts of frustration, about the supposedly false claims by Democrats that there is a War on Women being waged by Republicans.
“To suggest that one group of us or one party speaks for all women or that one group has an agenda to harm women and another to help them is ridiculous,” McCain said.
I find this to be an interesting position of denial, given that, as the Huffington Post reminds us: “An amendment to a sweeping transportation bill pushed by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) would have allowed employers to deny women contraception coverage for any moral reason. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) vetoed funding for rape crisis centers last week, and several GOP governors supported legislation that mandates medically unnecessary ultrasound procedures for women who are seeking abortions. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), meanwhile, recently repealed the state’s equal pay law.”
Most of these measures would affect only one group which comprises half the population. Were it only one measure, I could see McCain’s point. But with the preponderance of legislation stripping women of their civil rights or legal social services, denying the metaphorical war is shutting one’s eyes to issues that are far from trivial (as McCain seems to think). At least not trivial for those of us without a Y chromosome…