Walker declares war on womenBy Kaleigh Dunn • April 19, 2012 • Category: Opinions
Governor Scott Walker declared war on women after passing bills in secret April 12, restricting equal pay and access to health care for women.
The governor passed these gutsy, hot-button bills like artillery fire and watched the news break like bombs from afar Friday afternoon.
“Governor Walker didn’t even have the courage to tell us publicly he was allowing these ‘War on Women’ bills to become law,” Kathleen Falk, a Democratic candidate for governor, said in a press release. “Behind closed doors, Gov. Walker has allowed attacks on women’s health care, pay equity and age appropriate sex education to go into law, and he has once against violated the trust of the people.”
The bills passed included a health care reform, which cut all $2 million in state funding to Planned Parenthood and banned insurance companies from covering abortion procedures, even in cases of rape and incest.
The bill also requires doctors to speak with women seeking an abortion and requires them to come alone.
Wisconsin Republican Kathleen Bernier of Chippewa Falls said she supports the bills, calling them a “safeguard to women.”
These bills are not safeguarding women; they are putting women in danger. Not just in medical danger through the near illegalization of abortion, but also demoralizing a female’s economic safety as well.
“Economic security is a women’s health issue,” Sara Finger, executive director of Wisconsin’s Alliance for Women’s Health, said. “The salary women are paid directly affects the type and frequency of health care services they are able to access. At a time when women’s health services are becoming more expensive and harder to obtain, financial stability is essential to maintain steady access.”
The laws also put women in political danger. These laws breach not just the trust of the people, but also constitutional law. These laws set the progression toward true women’s suffrage back about 90 years, when the 19th amendment called for equal rights among the sexes.
“Gov. Walker has turned back the clock for women in Wisconsin,” Falk said. “As a woman, as a mother who worked full-time while raising my son, I know first-hand how important pay equity and health care are to women across Wisconsin.”
The hush-hush nature Walker used to pass these bills is a blatant display of his fear of recall. It wouldn’t be difficult to be fearful in Walker’s position, considering the recall score is 900,000 signatures to one cowardly governor.
“So if he’s trying to drive this conservative agenda through while he’s still in power, it makes sense he would do it in secret,” Nicole Safar, public policy director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, said in a WEAU article.
Walker’s notoriety for a trust-God-and-obey attitude hasn’t instilled the fear of God into the women of Wisconsin; rather, he, has only revealed how the fear of God is instilled in him.
“Wisconsin women are watching, and we’ll be voting.” Safar said. “I think he’s underestimated the impact these laws will have on women.”