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  •  A "serious and proud misogynist"? (0+ / 0-)

    That's a pretty over-the-top assertion. What's the evidence of that? Is this on the basis that he is pro-life?

    'Fie upon the Congress' - Sen Bob Byrd

    by Maxwell on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:57:46 PM PST

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    •  Found this immediately after googling his name (0+ / 0-)
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      In Congress, Hagel got an average 94 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee and got a 0% from NARAL but that's not the only reason he's an obvious misogynist. In interviews, he told journalists he didn't believe the banning of abortion needed exceptions for rape or incest because "so few pregnancies were involved". Also: "As I looked at those numbers, if I want to prevent abortions, I don't think those two exceptions are relevant." Awesome quotes for a potential SOD who is very familiar with the military (obviously) and undoubtedly knows that the majority of abortion requests in the military come from raped women, seeing as you are twice as likely to be raped by a fellow American when you're a servicewoman in the US military. Could make awesome friends with Todd Akin, too, probably. Though he's worse in a way, because he doesn't even have a magical thinking excuse - he finds rape irrelevant.

      That's not all, though. Chuck Hagel voted SIX TIMES, most recently in 2003, to prevent American servicewomen from using their own money to pay for abortions at military facilities abroad, including for those stationed in countries where abortion is illegal. That policy drastically limited servicewomen's options, especially since many countries where the military is stationed forbid abortion. A lot of soldiers were forced by him to continue unwanted pregnancies or had to return home to get an abortion, putting their careers at risk.

      To top it off, he's consistently voted no on measures to reduce to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives and yes on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. He scored a zero on the Human Rights Campaign’s Senate scorecard between 2001 and 2006. All of this information is readily available.

      The facts listed above do make for someone who is an open and dangerous misogynist who should not be deemed fit to serve a Democratic administration.

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