The Tea Party Republicans are scary for multiple reasons, but as Rachel Maddow explained last night, they pose a particularly worrisome threat to women’s precarious hold on our reproductive rights in this country- even with women among the ranks of Tea Party candidates.
Maddow’s frequent guest Melissa Harris Lacewell makes the point that 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. To mandate government oversight, as this crop of Tea Party Republicans would in effect be doing, in order to force women to carry a pregnancy to term, even if a woman is raped or a victim of incest, should be unconscionable to the libertarian “big government is bad” mind. But apparently, it’s not. If you haven’t seen it already, please watch until the very end for Harris Lacewell’s explication of why their position against reproductive rights is so very, very troubling.