Sunday, April 15, 2012

Idaho Democratic Caucus: Lindsey Rinehart Set To Fight Back in War On Women

“I believe that women should have the right to choose what they want to do with their bodies."

Posted By on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Lindsey Rinehart: Im kind of watching, still.

Lindsey Rinehart is no wallflower when it comes to social causes.

“I’m not one to be on the couch when it comes to activism,” she said.

She got her start two years ago after doing research on the British Petroleum Gulf oil spill.

“People in Idaho didn’t know how serious it really was,” said Rinehart. She has been active with a number of Idaho activist organizations ever since.

In a quiet corner of the Morrison Center’s atrium at Saturday's Ada County Democratic Presidential Caucus, Rinehart talked about her involvement with UnitedWomen.org, a planned march movement protesting the efforts of social conservatives to roll back women’s rights.

“I believe that women should have the right to choose what they want to do with their bodies,” she said.

Rinheart said that in Idaho, the “War on Women” takes the form of proposed legislation to limit or discourage women’s access to abortion, including the controversial transvaginal ultrasound bill. But it goes deeper than that, including income inequality and access to medical care.

The protest will take the form of a march on April 28 starting at the Anne Frank Memorial on the Greenbelt and ending at the Idaho Capitol, and Rinehart hopes that between 500 and 1,000 people will turn out.

When asked if she would support Barack Obama in the general election, she was hesitant.

“I don’t see the Democratic Party declaring war on women,” she said, “but I’m not endorsing anybody yet. I’m kind of watching, still.”

Rinehart approves of what the president has achieved so far in his term, from winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, to passing health care legislation, but is disappointed he hasn’t put an end to the war on drugs.

“As far as the war on drugs goes, [Obama] needs to end it on a federal level,” she said.

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