This Week in the War on Women

May 09, 2011 | Daily Kos |  Link to article

Punishing women:

The War on Women isn't just about restricting access to health care. Sure, the top priority is abortion, abortion, abortion. But it's not the only priority.

  • In Florida, the Senate passed a bill to "require all recipients of the state program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to pass a drug test before receiving benefits." Because Florida Republicans are extremely concerned that all those deadbeat welfare queens are ripping off the state to support their drug habits. As the Center for Law and Social Policy reported earlier this year:
    Proposals for mandatory drug testing of TANF recipients are based on stereotypes and not evidence. Proponents often claim that drug testing will save money; however, this is based on a false assumption that many applicants will be denied benefits. Random testing is a costly, flawed and inefficient way of identifying recipients in need of treatment. Better alternatives exist and are already being implemented to address drug abuse among TANF beneficiaries and ultimately reduce their barriers to work. Moreover, universal random drug testing may well be unconstitutional.

    And the best part? Women will be required to pay for the tests themselves. Because women who need government assistance should have to pay to prove they're not drug addicts. But at least the state will reimburse them if they pass the test.

  • This story is just too sickening for words:
    A teenage girl who was dropped from her high school's cheerleading squad after refusing to chant the name of a basketball player who had sexually assaulted her must pay compensation of $45,000 (£27,300) after losing a legal challenge against the decision.

    Keep in mind that her assailant admitted that he assaulted her. His punishment? Two years of probation, some community service, and a fine. And yes, he's back on the basketball team. His victim, however, was booted from the cheerleading squad. And now she has to pay $45,000 for her "frivolous" lawsuit against the school that decided it was more important to protect the rapist than the victim.

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