A resolution put forward by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and a dozen other House Democrats claims that global warming could drive women to prostitution, The Hill reported Monday.
According to Democrats, climate change will affect women worse than men and could force poor women into the sex trade.
“[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health,” the resolution says.
Democrats also claim that changes in the climate will put added stress on female farmers and will hurt “marginalized” women like refugees, sexual minorities, adolescent girls, and women and girls with HIV.
“My resolution will affirm the commitment to include and empower women in economic development planning and international climate change policies and practices,” Lee told The Hill. “This will help communities adapt to climate impacts, and embark on a path towards clean and sustainable development.”
The resolution says the ability of women to adapt to climate change is “constrained by a lack of economic freedoms, property and inheritance rights, as well as access to financial resources, education, family planning and reproductive health, and new tools, equipment, and technology.”
It calls on Congress to use “gender-specific frameworks in developing policies to address climate change” and encourages President Obama to “integrate a gender approach in all policies and programs” related to climate change.
A post at BizPacReview says the resolution “comes at a time when climatologists are beginning to come to grips with the fact that the planet is not warming — global temperatures have remained essentially steady for well over a decade.”
“While some climate scientists continue to resist the obvious that the climate system is more complex than they assumed, others are starting to accept that the multi-decadal climate projections provide very incomplete simulations has to how the real climate system works,” Roger Pielke, Jr., environmental studies professor at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told the Daily Caller.
BizPacReview said that just as scientists have not been able to provide a direct link between human activity and global warming, Rep. Lee has not been able to prove that climate change will lead to prostitution.
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