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This Week in the GOP’s Outreach to Women

Earlier this year, the RNC released an Autopsy Report on the party’s failings in 2012 where they pledged to change their ways and reach out to groups, like women, that they had alienated by the party’s rhetoric and policies. Their report stated that the Party needs to develop “a forward-leaning vision for voting Republican that appeals to women [and demonstrate] that our policies, principles and vision address the concerns of female voters.”

How’s that effort coming?

Late last night, against the backdrop of hundreds of demonstrators opposing the bill, the Republican controlled Texas Senate passed divisive legislation that restricts Texas women’s ability to make the health care decisions that are right for them.  This week in North Carolina, the Republican controlled House attached anti-choice legislation to motorcycle safety legislation that Governor McCroy said he’ll sign, breaking a key campaign promise to not allow further restrictions on abortions in the state.

And just a few days ago, a Federal Judge blocked part of the restrictive abortion legislation that Governor Scott Walker recently signed into law in Wisconsin. Those are just a few examples - from this week.

Republicans not only can’t and won’t change their ways, they’re doubling down on the same failed rhetoric and policies that alienated women in 2012.


Background:

Headline:  Texas Senate approves abortion restrictions [LA Times, 7/13/13]

Headline: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he'll sign new abortion bill [AP, 7/13/13]

Headline: N.C. Legislature OKs abortion limits via motorcycle safety legislation [MSNBC, 7/11/13]

Headline: Wisconsin Abortion Law Signed By Gov. Scott Walker Blocked By Judge [AP, 7/8/13]