The top elected woman in Texas, Comptroller Susan Combs, criticized the GOP’s obsession with restricting women’s health and bodies in an interview with the Washington Times on Wednesday. Slamming her party for its failure to get past legislating women “south of the waistline,” Combs argued Republicans come across as not caring about their other interests.
“Tell me that you give a flip about women’s interests,” she said. “If all you want to talk about is my biology, ‘Gee what happened to my brain?’ That is my point. It is not all south of the waistline.”
Given the protests against Texas’ abortion law, many women agree with Combs. Anti-abortion candidates lost handily in 2012, and now Wendy Davis, best known for championing women’s rights, is only trailing her opponent Greg Abbott by single digits in red-state Texas.
As it noted in its post-2012 election autopsy report, the Republican National Committee is aware of the GOP’s outreach problem. However, that hasn’t stopped the GOP-led House of Representatives from pushing 20 week abortion bans and opposing maternity benefits. Even Combs has carved out a more conservative position on abortion for herself over time.