Something really big is going on in the Republican Party. The organization Republican Majority for Choice will no longer support the party.
Susan Bevan and Susan Cullman, co-chairwomen of the RMC, say the reason for no longer supporting the Republicans is the general hostility toward women within the GOP’s culture.
The co-chairs noted that, over the years, the organization has supported Republicans who embraced family planning because it reduces poverty, increases educational attainment and workforce competitiveness and improves health. However, the party has moved to the extremes, socially and fiscally, since the new administration came into power and is now punishing millions of women by shutting down health care clinics offering cancer screenings, basic health services and family planning.
The Republican Party has taken actions to deny birth control coverage, while complaining about unintended pregnancies. Their extreme views against and general nastiness towards women is making many RMC members rethink their loyalty to the party. Also, the general unrest in the country, unleashed over the past two years, is making both men and women who have forever been loyal Republicans move away to another point of view.
The former Republicans are making tracks to the other side. The Pew Research Center has recently noted that 56 percent of women identify as or lean towards Democrats, and the gap is wider among college graduates and minority voters. Seventy percent of millennial women have either registered as Democrats or lean Democratic.
Locally, here in the First District, every voter now has the opportunity to fix those things that have been going wrong in this country by voting in the November midterm elections.
Editor’s note: This letter originally appeared in the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, and is re-posted here with the author’s permission.