Let’s talk about the real war on women. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz referred to the woman-heavy speaker line-up at the Republican Convention last week as “nice shiny packaging.”
I think we believe that women can see through that nice shiny packaging that the Republicans have been putting out there, through to what’s inside, which is really a disaster for women’s future, extreme policies.
The women Wasserman Schultz was dissing included:
- a former Secretary of State (Condoleezza Rice),
- three governors (Susana Martinez, NM, Nikki Haley, SC, Mary Fallin, OK)
- a senator (Kelly Ayotte, NH)
- a state attorney general (Pam Bondi, FL)
- and assorted member of Congress (including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, WA, and Marsha Blackburn, TN).
Wasserman Schultz’s comments remind me of one of Dorothy Parker’s famous epigrams. Katharine Hepburn, Parker once said, ran the gamut of emotions from A to B. Wasserman Schultz seems convinced that women’s political interests should run the gamut of the political spectrum from A to C: abortion to contraception. And on both those issues, we must march lock-step with her.
Women’s issues? I want to:
- cut the national debt;
- create new jobs;
- secure our borders;
- bring home our troops in a way that protects the things they sacrificed and died for;
- protect the most vulnerable members of our society.
And the list goes on.
What I’m not interested in is dressing up in a pink vagina suit “in opposition to the right-wing agenda that wages war on women’s bodies.”
Way to be taken seriously.
Said nobody. Ever.
The real war on women: $16 trillion national debt
Our national debt is now almost $16 trillion. That’s up from $5.7 trillion 12 years ago and $10 trillion four years ago. And the DNC wants to convince me that paying for our own contraceptives is the biggest problem we face?
How demeaning is that?
News flash: Nobody, but nobody, is trying to deny women in this country access to contraception. Not even the Catholic Church. The only debates are over:
- who’s going to pay for it–the people who are using it, or taxpayers;
- whether employers with moral objections to it are to be forced to insure it.
And polls show that most Americans believe that there should be a religious exemption for those employers.
The real war on women: 15% real unemployment rate
Our official unemployment rate is stuck at 8.3%. And our real unemployment rate–what the government calls our U-6 rate, which includes people who are unemployed but gave up on looking for work and people who are underemployed, is 15%. And climbing.
And the DNC wants to convince me that my biggest concern should be unrestricted access to abortion?
Talk about being anti-woman.
A huge meta-study published last year in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who abort face almost double the mental health problems of women who carry to term. The peer-reviewed study analyzes 22 previous studies covering 877,000 women over a period of 14 years. It concludes:
Results indicate quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure. Overall, the results revealed that women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10 percent of the incidence of mental health problems were shown to be directly attributable to abortion.
Abortion increases a woman’s chance of anxiety disorders and depression by 1/3. It more than doubles her risk of alcohol abuse. And it more than doubles her risk of attempting suicide.
And being pro-life means I’m anti-woman?
No. Being pro-life is part of being proudly pro-woman.
It’s also now part of being mainstream.
According to Gallup, 50% of Americans now identify as pro-life, as opposed to just 41% who identify as pro-choice. If those were election results, it would be a landslide.
In addition, 51% of Americans now find abortion morally objectionable. Only 20% agree with the DNC’s position that it should be legal right up to the moment of birth.
Trying to make this election all about a “right-wing agenda” that somehow “wages war on women’s bodies” is so-o-o 20th century.
As journalist Mary Katharine Ham says:
Liberated women–imagine this–can believe something other than the rich, diverse ideological spectrum between Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi.
The insistence by progressives that all thinking women must think like they do?
And must do most of their thinking between their legs?
Welcome to the real war on women.