WisDems Statement on RNC Chair Reince Priebus Dismissing Uproar Over Republican Attacks on Women As Fictional As A “War on Caterpillars"

Apr 04, 2012

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Maggie Brickerman released the following statement in response to Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus dismissing the uproar over Republican efforts to roll back women’s health care as fictional as a “war on caterpillars.”

“If women needed any more proof that the Republican Party has little regard for the issues that are important to them, Reince Priebus comparing these Republican attacks on women’s health care to a ‘war on caterpillars’ ought to remove all doubt. When it comes to women’s issues and women’s health, Republicans are out-of-touch.

“The fact is that the Republican Party has been fighting tirelessly to implement policies on women’s health that are antiquated. And their leading Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has said he wants to ‘get rid of’ federal funding for Planned Parenthood and supports the Blunt-Rubio amendment, which would give any employer the ability to deny coverage for their employees’ health care services, like contraception, based on their own beliefs. It’s clear what’s bothering Reince Priebus, Mitt Romney and the GOP: women are paying attention to GOP attempts to undermine their health care and they won’t stand for it. The GOP has spun a web of Tea Party policies that appeal only to the extreme fringe of their party and now they’re caught in it. Priebus may try and borrow the Romney campaign’s Etch-A-Sketch to erase the past few months of GOP attacks on women, but women have a clear message for Reince Priebus, Mitt Romney and the GOP: You can try to erase it all you want but we’ll remember in November.”