Today, EMILY's List sent the statement below to the more than 600,000 members of their on-line community, urging them to take action against John Boehner and the GOP's radical anti-woman agenda, this week typified by the attempt to redefine rape to exclude assaults involving drugs, coercion, loss of consciousness, and statutory rape.
EMILY's List launched BoehnersAmerica.org in October of 2010 to warn American women of the coming attack on their rights and freedoms. Today, the site BoehnersAmerica.org is devoted to a petition where men and women can tell Boehner and his cronies to stop using rape victims as political pawns.
The campaign also has a paid on-line media component. EMILY's List statement is as follows:
"The GOP is pushing their anti-woman agenda yet again, and this time they've sunk to new lows: they actually want to redefine rape, incest, and the health of a mother. In an outrageous and dangerous new bill supported by John Boehner, the GOP is going after some of the most vulnerable women at the worst time of their lives -- after they've been raped.
"Can you imagine telling a victim of date rape -- or another form of sexual assault -- that they don't just count as rape survivors because it wasn't so-called "forcible rape"? Well, with this HR3 bill, that's exactly what John Boehner and the GOP wants to do: tell these women that they're not victims of a crime or deserve the resources they need to deal with their trauma.
"We at EMILY's List stand with all rape survivors and condemn this cruel bill. That's why we're asking you to join us: click here to speak up and tell John Boehner that the GOP's attempt to redefine rape is simply unacceptable.
"We've known from the beginning that Boehner and his boys would fight to take away women's freedoms whenever possible, but this bill to redefine rape is beyond the pale. Surviving rape is traumatic enough without politicians cruelly trying to use victims as pawns in their anti-woman agenda.
"And that's what this is really about: limiting women's rights and their ability to make choices -- all while demeaning the plight of women who have sustained assaults that wouldn't fit into the GOP's new definition of "forcible rape."
"We will not stand idly by while John Boehner and the GOP continue to wreak havoc on our rights, our choices, and the resources we need to deal with the heinous aftermath of sexual assault, when one in six American women are affected. Make sure to tell Boehner right now: your GOP's attempt to redefine rape is simply unacceptable. Click here to join us in taking a stand today."
In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 600,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 84 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.