The Republican Party is trying in a new way to “war on women,” according to an article published in The New York Times on Friday, the same day the Senate passed a “women’s health” bill.
The bill, which would create an insurance option for women to buy private insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s exchange, has a lot of supporters, but critics say the bill doesn’t go far enough in protecting women from the harms of pregnancy, childbirth and sexual assault.
“Women have been the victims of assault, rape, harassment, discrimination and assault since the days of slavery, so it is imperative that we take action to protect them,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the only Republican woman on the Senate health committee.
“I’m deeply concerned that we are not making progress in protecting all women.
I know the Republican leadership has been focused on this, and they will not rest until we are doing everything in our power to protect all women.”
“We must protect our women,” she continued.
“We need to be more vigilant and we need to take more action to take care of women and girls in the future.
We cannot turn a blind eye to the violence against women.
We must do everything we can to protect women, children, men, women, men and boys from this epidemic.”
A number of senators, including Murkowski, have called for an end to the so-called “war against women.”
Earlier this month, the Senate voted on a bill to prevent the U.S. Supreme Court from taking up the case of an Alabama woman who sued her former employer after she reported being raped by a colleague.
The amendment, which was voted down by a vote of 23 to 18, was one of many pieces of legislation that the Senate, led by Republicans, passed over the past few months to address sexual harassment and assault.
The latest piece of legislation would protect women from sexual assault by requiring employers to provide a copy of a sexual harassment complaint to employees and employers, according to a press release from Murkowski.
But the bill did not pass the Senate.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) called the amendment “shameful” and said the bill would “encourage people to lie to their coworkers, employers, and our society.”
The bill also did not include language to protect people from sexual harassment.
“If the Senate does not pass this bill, it will put millions of Americans, women and men, in dangerous, unsafe and unsafe jobs,” Klobusaid.
“It will do more to harm women, the working and middle class, our economy and our national security than it will benefit the men who are the victims.”
The legislation would also protect the rights of rape survivors and their family members and would require employers to use reasonable measures to prevent sexual harassment, including a “clear and meaningful written warning” to employees before making an unwanted sexual advance, according the release.
The legislation passed with no Democratic support.
It will now be sent to the House, where the Republican Party can make its case for the bill, the release added.