Republicans shouldn’t get away with their anti-women and anti-family records
So we’re putting them On Notice
By Stephanie Schriock, President, EMILY’s List
Republicans have really shown us their true colors this year.
The GOP trying to roll back the clock for women on choice is nothing new, but this year Republicans have been trying to chip away at Roe v. Wade like never before — from hijacking the nomination of Loretta Lynch to proposing some of the most extreme abortion bans we’ve ever seen.
At this point, Republican tactics have ranged from the underhanded (sneaking anti-choice legislation into a bill to improve motorcycle safety) to the downright absurd (trying to redefine rape and mandating transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions).
This year, Republicans from Wisconsin to Virginia have worked around the clock to put extreme abortion bans into place, and — at the federal level — Republicans in Congress pushed an abortion ban so insanely restrictive that it only contained an exemption for incest survivors younger than 18.
Republicans in the House threw their support of states’ rights and their whining about federal government intrusion right out the window when they voted to overturn a law passed by the District of Columbia that would have protected workers from being fired for accessing reproductive health services like in vitro fertilization.
And adding insult to injury, a handful of Republicans tried to do damage control by pushing to make birth control available over the counter — a move that some say would only make birth control more expensive.
In statehouses from Texas to Wisconsin to Kansas, we’ve seen what can happen when Republicans get full control of state governments — so we don’t even have to imagine what would happen if they got full control in Washington.
Republicans have done so many things to chip away at reproductive freedom that at a certain point, you’d think it’d start getting hard to keep track.
And many have even put their radical ideological agendas ahead of the economic well-being of women and families in their districts by refusing to support raising the federal minimum wage.
But the GOP shouldn’t think for a second that we’re not watching.
Today, EMILY’s List is putting 15 House Republicans “On Notice.” We’re letting them know their extreme anti-woman, anti-family records are unacceptable. And we’re giving them our official warning that we’re going to be holding them accountable in the next election cycle.
The appalling records of this first group of Republicans we’re putting on notice have earned them their spot on our list of top targets.
Over the past five months, we’ve watched as a Republican majority has taken the wheel in Congress….and as they’ve driven it into the ground.
The GOPers we’re putting “On Notice” today have played a key role advancing the GOP’s agenda — and we consider them to be among the worst of the worst.
First up, are Republicans like Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s Second District, who supported a bill that would impose criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions.
Also on the list, is Virginia’s Barbara Comstock, who voted for a bill mandating forced transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion.
And the list includes Rod Blum of Iowa, who cosponsored a bill that would deny underage children pregnant from rape or incest an abortion if the crime was never reported to law enforcement.
We’ll be putting more Republicans “On Notice” as the election cycle continues — and letting our network of more than three million members know every time we add more GOPers to the list.
Republicans have pushed their anti-woman agenda in Washington long enough — and come 2016, we’re looking forward to sending them packing.
To view the full list of Republicans On Notice, visit http://republicansonnotice.tumblr.com/. “On Notice” will continue to be updated throughout the election cycle and will feature incumbents at all levels of government who have exhibited extreme anti-woman and anti-family positions through statements, policy, and voting records.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.