Republicans have had enough of the “War on Women” narrative, but to what lengths will they go to stop it? For former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), the answer to that question is to infinity and beyond. He is so fed up, apparently, that he believed it necessary to accuse Democrats of trying to convince women they need the government to help them “control their libidos,” as reported by The Huffington Post.
At the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in downtown Washington, Huckabee made his argument before the audience. “Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women,” he said. “That’s not a war on them. It’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”
Huckabee ran for president in 2008. Before that he was a preacher. In the speech, he referred to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires most employers to cover the full range of contraception in their health insurance plans, as reported by The Huffington Post. The argument from many Republicans is that mandating employers to provide such coverage is wrong because doing so is immoral. They believe there should be a choice. Two years ago conservative radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, called a woman a s!ut for her avocation for contraception coverage.
According to Huckabee, there exist women who are “outraged” by Democrats that attempt to define them as “victims of their gender.”
“Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication,” he declared. “Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anybody else can do.”
While Huckabee attempts to appeal to the women like he knows, the “War on Women” is still a charge against the GOP. This is because Republicans’ oppose equal pay legislation, family planning funding and legal abortion; there are but a few women in leadership roles; they are constantly making controversial comments about women, rape and birth control; and finally, they seem to be doing everything in their power to make sure employers are left with the decision of whether or not to provide contraception.
Both Mitt Romney’s loss for the presidency and the large gap in gender with regard to who is showing up to vote at the polls are attributed to the way Republicans have been handling issues centered around women. But even with that, abortion is still a key talking point.
On his radio show Sunday, Huckabee offered, “It doesn’t help that some of the supposed rock stars of Republican consulting tell candidates not to even discuss issues like the sanctity of life for fear of offending women voters,” he said. “For Democrats to reduce women to beggars for cheap government-funded birth control is demeaning to the women that I know who are far more complicated than their libido and the management of their reproductive system.”
When a reporter read Huckabee’s comments from Sunday’s show out loud and asked what he thought about them, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded, “Whoever said it sounds offensive to me, and to women.”
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