At Jezebel, Irin Carmon reports that generic feminist endeavors make cause anti-choicers to lose their minds. Senators Coburn and DeMint (R-isible) and (R-eprehensible) have put on hold a request for…a private group…to use their own money…to lease land from the Smithsonian…to build a museum about women’s history. What do these two absurdly privileged men have against a women’s history museum funded with private money?
The senators’ action came two days after the Concerned Women for America, a conservative group, wrote DeMint asking for a hold. The group’s CEO, Penny Nance, wrote in July that the museum would “focus on abortion rights without featuring any of the many contributions of the pro-life movement in America.”
Stop right there. As soon as you see “Concerned Women for America,” you know what follows is going to be utterly batshit. Just how much museum space do you need to show how rape victims can thank the pro-quantity movement for making emergency contraception so difficult to get ahold of? Is it true, though, that NWMH would have an obvious pro-choice bias?
From Tanya Somanader at Think Progress Think Progress:
Secondly, according to NWHM CEO Joan Wages, there will be no reproductive rights exhibit because “we have to raise $400 million. We cannot afford, literally, to focus on issues that are
It’s gotten to the point where I can’t even trust an anti-choicer to tell me what color the sky is at that very moment. “How is it outside right now, Penny?” “Don’t come out! The sky is magenta and it’s raining crystal paperweights!” Their rhetoric bears only the most incidental relationship to the truth. Not content to push bogus abstinence-only “sex ed” on impressionable teenagers, or move heaven and Earth to restrict women’s access to birth control, or spend valuable hours terrorizing anyone giving a sideways glance to a Planned Parenthood clinic, they are now preventing the government from collecting a transparent wad of non-taxpayer cash for the rent on a museum that isn’t even going to take a position on abortion. I suppose NWMH might say something about birth control, though, and for people like CWA that’s basically the same thing.