In a Tuesday fundraising pitch circulated by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold that title, charged Republicans with trying to rescind women’s rights.
“It seems every time women take one step forward, extremists try to push us back,” she wrote in her appeal for donations of $3 or more. Those donations, she said, would be matched dollar-for-dollar by “Democrats committed to holding radical Republicans accountable.”
“Here in America, Republicans have launched an all out attack on women’s rights,” Albright wrote. “They’ve targeted women’s health care and are trying to roll back basic rights that most of us thought were won more than a generation ago.”
Albright joined a chorus of Democrats who claim Republicans’ propensity to act on pro-life causes and in opposition to President Obama’s health care overhaul constitutes an attack on women.
“My friend Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are fighting back against the Republican attacks on women’s rights. And, they need your help,” she wrote, articulating a goal of raising $2.5 million before the Federal Election Commission’s end-of-quarter filing deadline, “to show we will stand strong and united against the Republican attack on women’s rights.”
Albright concluded her letter by asserting that “Republicans are on the wrong side of history, once again.”
“Women will never go back to the days where we could not control our own reproductive health care decisions — and we will not remain silent in the face of vicious misogyny and anti-women hate speech,” she wrote, cautioning that “rights never stay won” and pronouncing, “[e]ach generation must stand up and fight to hold accountable those who would try to take our rights away.”