December 22, 2014

Pasch says rape comment another sign of war on women

A state lawmaker says a comment about rape by one her Assembly colleagues show a larger problem among Wisconsin Republicans.

State Representative Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) has been under fire after he said in an interview that “some girls rape easy.” The Rice Lake Republicans has tried to clarify the remark, but Democratic state Representative Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) says it’s just the latest example of a war on women being waged by the GOP and the “disgusting comments do not exist in a vacuum.”

Pasch says all voters need to do is look back over the last legislative session for examples; citing several bills that made changes to access to health care for women, the removal of comprehensive sex education requirements for public schools, and the repeal of the state’s equal pay enforcement act. She says Rivard’s statement is the “icing on a really ugly cake that they baked this entire session.”

Many top Republicans, including Governor Walker and legislative leaders, have withdrawn their support from Rivard’s campaign. Pasch and other Democratic leaders are calling on all members of the state GOP to follow suit.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (:56)