Remember when GOP Rep. Todd Akin said that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”?
Remember when Richard Mourdock said that pregnancy as a result from rape was “a gift from God” and that “God intended [it] to happen”?
Remember when John Kasich said that women shouldn’t “go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol”?
Remember when the GOP-dominated House held up authorization for the Violence Against Women Act and rolled back protections for LBT, Native American, and immigrant women that had been included in the bill?
Remember when GOP lawmakers, including Paul Ryan, tried to redefine “rape” more narrowly as “forcible” so that fewer women would qualify as victims?
Remember when Mike Pence signed a law banning abortions even in the case of genetic anomaly and required that all fetal remains, even from a miscarriage, be buried or cremated?
Remember when Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans held up funding to pursue and prosecute rapists?
Remember when Sens. Gardner and Ayotte proposed making birth control more accessible by making it over-the-counter…which meant that it would not be covered by insurance?
Remember when GOP lawmakers, including women, voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act for equal pay for women?
Women don’t need to be “championed and revered.” We need equal rights as people: health care without political interference, equal pay, protection under the law.
The GOP doesn’t get to clutch its pearls now and say that Trump “crossed a line.” For most women, that line was crossed by Trump and many, many other Republicans a long time back.