The “war on women” turned into a war between women on Wednesday when the House passed legislation that paves the way for a Women’s National History Museum in the nation’s capital.
The bipartisan bill passed 383-33, but not without protest from conservative lawmakers and outside groups such as Concerned Women for America, who object to the scope and collection of the project.
Organizers “glorify Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood and neglected to mention she was a eugenicist and very racist in her beliefs,” explained Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America. “They didn’t mention on the website Jeane Kirkpatrick who served under President Ronald Reagan and was very conservative and brought down the Soviet Union.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, warned the museum concept “will enshrine the radical feminist movement.”
The bill, sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney, New York Democrat, and Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, that would allow a commission to be formed that would locate a site for the museum, decide if it should be part of the Smithsonian Institution and plan the funding for the museum.
Ms. Blackburn told the Washington Times that the legislation ensures that a National Women’s History Museum honors the contribution from conservative women without spending one dime of taxpayer money, saying “additional safeguards” have been put into the legislation to ensure ideological balance.