Abortion Rights Top Priority of Women Swing State Voters
There is a well established gender divide in American politics, with women tending to vote Democratic and men tending to vote Republican. Within that mix, married women tend to be real swing voters. In those 12 states considered crucial “swing” states in the 2012 election, a massive gender-based disparity in top issues of concern was established this week in a Gallup Poll.
These results are based on an Oct. 5-11 USA Today/Gallup poll among registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The survey was conducted prior to the second presidential debate held in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16 and at a time when Romney has been gaining in national polls.
American Women Are Running Scared
The reality of women embracing abortion rights as their top priority in these states, confirms that thinking women are running scared in America. Rush Limbaugh reduces these findings to a diatribe about American women wanting to have indiscriminate sex all day long, and then aborting as a form of birth control.
Reality is that American women understand that we have reason to be worried. The Republican War on Women has truly convinced us that we are not safe from transvaginal probes or personhood amendments that gives an hour old fertilized egg the same exact rights as a married woman with children and a loving husband, an advanced college and who serves as mayor or her town.
Republicans support the Blunt Amendment, putting not only the Catholic bishops in charge of women’s bodies in 1 in 6 American hospitals — that’s both patients and workers — but ANY employer who has a moral objection to women using birth control.
Mitt Romney DOES suffer from Romnesia, and there is no reason to believe that once elected the flip flopper won’t unleash the full forces of America’s social conservatives on American women. Gone in a Romney administration: abortion rights, contraception rights, federal protection for equal pay and countless other rights won by American women in the last 50 years.
Salt Lake City Tribune Endorses Obama, Writing Romney Will Say Anything To Get Elected
In explaining why the newspaper is supporting Obama, Romney’s own Mormon-based newspaper the Salt Lake City Tribune wrote yesterday, acknowledging that the Republican candidate can’t be trusted to maintain a steady voice on his beliefs:
Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”
The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.
More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.
If this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
If Utah’s leading newspaper writes about Mitt Romney in this way, why would YOU — especially if you are an American woman — vote to put your future in his hands, when his Republican Congress is just salivating to pass a personhood bill and take away the rights that women have worked to hard to win.
2010 Utah Law Would Have Made Miscarriage A Felony
Speaking of Utah, do you know that in 2010 the Utah legislature was poised to pass a bill that would make miscarriage a felony? For a fact, had the Republican governor not made it clear without a doubt that he would veto the bill, miscarriage would be a felony in the state of Utah.
Failing to wear a seatbelt and suffering a miscarriage could be grounds for a woman to be hauled into court and sentenced to prison. This is the extent to which women are under assault by the religious right, including the Catholic bishops.
It is gratifying to see the women in these 12 swing states wake up and face the reality of what is facing ALL American women of every age, and especially our daughters and granddaughters.
There is only vote that will stave off the hounds that are on our heels, American women. That is a vote for the imperfect man President Obama.
Yes, we must make deficit reduction a top priority and get our fiscal house in order while growing our economy. The question is how the problems will be solved and whether women will be active participants in creating tomorrow’s great America as civic and business leaders, as well as wives and mothers.
Do not kid yourself, please, my dear lady friends who insist Mitt Romney is good for women. Your wishful thinking insults the rest of us. The Republicans are DEDICATED to returning American women home as caretakers and nurturers, which is where we belong in today’s (not the 1970s and 1980s when I was a registered Republican) Republican party vision of American women. ~ Anne
Note: Romney currently does support abortion rights in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. Should the man have a heart attack and die as president, Paul Ryan will nail down women’s rights lock, stock and barrel. Paul Ryan has signed the personhood bill in Congress, as have the vast majority (if not all) of House Republicans. Note that just as Utah sought to make miscarriage a felony, the personhood will would send a woman to prison for using the now highly-recommended IUD form of birth control. According to the right wing, using an IUD — as I did for many years — makes me a murderer.