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Women’s issue

October 25, 2009

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To the editor:

It would seem that in the fight against sexual violence, Sen. Sam Brownback is on the side of … sexual violence?

Earlier this month Sen. Al Franken’s amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill passed. This amendment withheld defense contracts from organizations that in any way attempted to stop employees from taking sexual harassment/assault cases to court. While some Republicans voiced support for the amendment, one who voted nay stood out to me: Sam Brownback.

Yes, the man who wants to be the governor of Kansas is opposed to preventing sexual assault.

I suppose anyone who knows anything about Brownback could tell you that he is a staunch pro-lifer with a commitment to ensuring life for all unborn children. To all those female children that he “saves,” I have a message:

I’m sorry to say that Brownback is only going to be your advocate until you’re born. When you were a fetus, he seemed like your best friend, but now that you’re here, it must feel strange to not have the senator by your side. So what if you get gang-raped by your co-workers and then held captive by your employers like Jamie Leigh Jones in 2005?

Let’s also remember that this isn’t the first time Brownback has voted in an anti-woman manner. He voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Act, the Equal Pay Bill, and an amendment in 1996 that helped further educational equity.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by Brownback. Why would I assume that he supports a woman’s safety over business interests?

Comments

acg 4 years, 5 months ago

blessedsap made me snort coffee thru my nose. My vote for post of the day, so far.

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Satirical 4 years, 5 months ago

George Dungan is using the typical liberal tactic of deception and half-truths to whip up fear.

This debate already occured when news reports of the voting occured. Therein it was made clear this bill only applies to civil lawsuit, not criminal lawsuits. So any victim of any crime can still have their day in court.

Brownback's vote could easily be viewed as pro women because it support a women's right to freely enter into a contact, (rather than a paternalistic government deciding) and encourages mediation which often leads to better outcomes for victims.

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BlessedSap 4 years, 5 months ago

He also voted against the cute puppy dog act and voted for the stomping on baby kittens bill.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 5 months ago

Brownbacking leads to Santorum.

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tomatogrower 4 years, 5 months ago

But they need to answer to the fact that the rape kit and other evidence was "lost". And why was she held against her will? I'll bet the rapists still work for the company. They get government money, so they should be held accountable. They have covered up many other rapes through "arbitration". Women still apply to work there without knowing what they are getting into. One of their executives have been charged with bribery. One lowly employee at Acorn does something immoral, and it's "let's get rid of their contracts". This company's employees break the law, and everyone is ready to forgive them. Why? Are you hypocrites?

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Jimo 4 years, 5 months ago

Strange as it is to defend Brownback, I believe there's plenty of room to question (a) holding companies responsible for the criminal actions taken by employees personally and outside the course of their employment (b) on the other side of the world in a location where gathering evidence is limited or even impossible. It is not any more "anti-woman" than pro "due process."

Justice requires balancing competing and often contradictory rights against each other. One does not get more justice by placing the government's finger on one side of scale. In this context, rape cases are difficult enough to decide when they're committed right here instead of half a world away.

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Cait McKnelly 4 years, 5 months ago

Brownback will get elected. All of those pork beliies and farm subsidies he got for the corporate farmers in western and southern Kansas will pay off, not to mention that they all hate Obama.

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tomatogrower 4 years, 5 months ago

"I'll take a bet that Brownback sees a major flaw in the admendment, and is opposed to that , not the 'rape' portion that is being flamed. Knowing that he is pro-life means 'all life' to me and bet he has better morals than a big percent of the posters here."

Then why does he support government doing business with companies like Haliburton who protect their rapist workers? He voted against it, because he is more pro-business, than pro people. Besides, it was Al Franken's amendment. I'm real sure he would vote against anything that Franken proposed, whether or not he agreed with it. Anything for politics.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

How can Brownback be prolife and be a backer of an illegal war that is killing men,women and children?

Then again that is a question for the entire Kansas republican delegation.

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KayCee 4 years, 5 months ago

I'll take a bet that Brownback sees a major flaw in the admendment, and is opposed to that , not the 'rape' portion that is being flamed. Knowing that he is pro-life means 'ALL LIFE' to me and bet he has better morals than a big percent of the posters here.

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jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

"Yes, the man who wants to be the governor of Kansas is opposed to preventing sexual assault."

And with that level of rationality and intelligence exposed our collective IQ's just plummeted. Gee, thanks, George.

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rbwaa 4 years, 5 months ago

I propose a concerted effort by all women in Kansas to oppose any further political career for brownback so we don't have to answer that question: 'what's the matter with Kansas?'

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vet 4 years, 5 months ago

Gram--they ALL do what it takes to get elected!

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grammaddy 4 years, 5 months ago

Sam Brownback only gets behind causes that will propel him in politics.What's the matter with Kansas? They vote for idiots like him who only have their own (Brownback) best interests at heart. He seems to be opposed to all women's issues.

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