In the ongoing war on women, the Tea Party Governor, Nikki Haley, of South Carolina, recently agreed to cut funding for rape crisis centers. According to classwarfareexists.com:
Late last week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) vetoed nearly half a million dollars that was slated to go toward domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Haley defended her decision to veto by saying that rape and sexual assault prevention programs “distract from” the Department of Health’s mission, and that sexual assault victims are “only a small portion” of South Carolinians who need help:
Each of these lines attempts to serve a portion of our population for which we extend our sympathy and encouragement, but nevertheless, it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused. Overall, these special add-on lines distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health.
"..it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused. Overall, these special add-on lines distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health." ~ Tea Party Governor Nikki Haley
This reminded me of another Tea Party republican woman, Sara Palin. When she was mayor of Wasilla, AK, her town charged for rape kits, which back then cost between $300 and $1200. As Think Progress explains:
...charging sexual assault victims for their rape kits (which cost $300 to $1,200 at the time) is exactly what happened while [Palin] was mayor of Wasilla. In a budget-cutting move, Palin’s administration began charging rape victims for exams and the kits containing the medical supplies. (Her signature is on the budget.) USA Today reported:
It is not known how many rape victims in Wasilla were required to pay for some or all of the medical exams, but a legislative staffer who worked on the bill for [state legislator Eric] Croft said it happened. “It was more than a couple of cases, and it was standard practice in Wasilla,” Peggy Wilcox said, who now works for the Alaska Public Employees Association. “If you were raped in Wasilla, this was going to happen to you.”.
The practice of charging rape victims got the attention of state lawmakers in 2000, who passed a bill to stop the practice.
The more I become familiar with everything the far right does, the more I realize that we have to continue to work to ensure that they don't have access to the levers of power. They hate government, so why would we think they would be good at running it? Think about it: Why hire someone for a job in a company that they hate?
Sadly, this is nothing new, really. From the Idaho republican state senator who insisted that women only claim to be raped because they want a free abortion, to an emergency room hospital in Oklahoma that denies raped women emergency contraception based on their "beliefs." Women need to gather their forces and ensure that people like Nikki Haley and Sarah Palin don't have access to policy-making tools or machinery. Period. End of story.