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Monday, November 01, 2004


Reality Check
From ending the Equal Pay Initiative to championing the Partial Birth Abortion Act, Bush’s record speaks for itself.
By Laura Flanders

In these insecure times, Democratic women voters supposedly are drifting toward George W. Bush. I’ll believe it when I see it. But just in case, perhaps it’s time for a reality check.

After all, this is not your daddy’s backlash.

Back in the ’70s when George W’s dad was shedding his pro-choice views to curry favor with the religious right, anti-feminists used plain language. Backlash groups like the Eagle Forum called themselves “the alternative to women’s liberation” and dreamed up legislation like 1981’s omnibus Family Protection Act that sought to eliminate federal support for equality in education and legal aid for women seeking divorce. They proposed repealing the Equal Pay Act, censoring birth control information before marriage and banning abortion.

Their legislation stalled because the majority of Americans—then and now—support equality for women in education and the workplace and don’t want to return to the age of back-alley abortions for the poor and back-office secret surgery for the rich. So, the backlash had a makeover.

Read the rest of the story here.

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