Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Democrats’ War on Women

Democrats are scrambling to raise emotionally-laden issues this year in order to trick voters into supporting Obama’s reelection. Since they know they cannot win through an honest dialogue on the issues, they have resorted to appealing to people’s emotions in order to sway them. Democrats used race-baiting to create outrage over the Trayvon Martin shooting. They hope to make people feel guilty about the shooting, regardless of how farfetched their version of the incident is, so voters will choose to vote for Obama to assuage their consciences.
A second emotional ploy the left launched this year is fabricating a “War on Women” in order to stir up emotions about misogyny.” Although we live in the most liberated country in the world, where 98% of American women have used birth control, and 1.3 million abortions occur annually, Democrats claim Republicans are waging a War on Women accessing these services. This could not be further from the truth. Women already have access to free or very low cost birth control. Planned Parenthood provides birth control free to low-income women, and Wal-Mart and Target offer birth control for $4/month. The left hyped up Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke’s testimony to Congress, where she complained that the Catholic-affiliated university did not offer birth control, forcing her to spend over $3000 out of pocket to afford it. Her testimony was such a farce that she has been ridiculed endlessly ever since. 

Far left Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) identified the Blunt Amendment as part of the right’s War on Women. He called it a “horrendous amendment” and declared, “We are not going back to the days when women could not have full access to birth control. “ What does the Blunt Amendment actually do? It allows employers and insurance companies to refuse to provide contraceptives if they have a moral objection. The Catholic Church opposes the use of birth control, so many organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church, such as Georgetown University, do not want to be required to provide it. The ramifications of this amendment would be that any woman affected would need to go to Wal-Mart and pay $4/month instead for birth control, or to clinics like Planned Parenthood where they could obtain it for free if they were poor. Since this is already as cheap as getting it through an insurance company or employer, there is virtually no difference. The same goes for other health services such as HIV/AIDS screenings and prenatal care for single mothers, which can all be obtained free or at low cost from women’s clinics. Sanders’ claim that the Blunt Amendment would eliminate women’s full access to birth control is false and meant to stir up emotions.

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