Planned Parenthood is patting itself on the back over President Obama’s victory earlier this month. According to Dawn Laguens, the abortion provider’s executive vice president, women were scared away from Mitt Romney with the threat that he would take away their birth control. Other, seemingly more important issues, such as the fragile state of the economy, record joblessness among women and the foreign-policy debacle in Benghazi, Libya, took a back seat for the 56 percent of female voters who opted for Mr. Obama, intent on securing their “reproductive rights” against a purported Republican onslaught.
I thought it was ludicrous when Dem operative Georgie Staphylococcus introduced this faux issue in the very beginning of that ABCNews Republican Primary Debate. I still remember the befuddled reaction of the candidates on stage as little Georgie continued to press the issue beyond all reason. I thought it was nuts. I obviously overestimated the intelligence of the electorate, especially those in need of birth control.
Barack Obama and his Chicago crew obviously correctly judged what would work with this current day electorate.
DOOMING ........... the economy ........... personal liberty ......... social security ............. legal immigrants waiting abroad ............. religious freedom ................ the nation´s healthcare ........... our grandchildren ........... the Constitution ........... the Future of the UNITED STATES.
All because you don´t want to pay $8 a month for birth control pills!
As a woman I hate to say this but it appears that most of the women in America are just plain stupid and ignorant. The issue was pay for your own birth control. Republicans do not want to take away your access to birth control they just don´t want to make others pay for your responsibilities.
Reproductive rights! These two words themselves oxymorons. "Reproduce", means to produce self. If to produce self is a right, then these liberals should be calling birth control and abortion as "NON REPRODUCTION RIGHTS" another the other way around.
Agree with most of #8´s points except the part about taking away a few percentage points from the Progressives. That would only result in them knowing just how many additional votes that they would need to ´create´ in just the right battleground precincts.
The republicans,especially Romney did a lousy job defending themselves on this. I don´t know of any republicans who wanted to take birth control away. The only issue was religious conscience.Maybe federal funding of abortion.
This was never even any issue on the GOP side - the Dems brought it up, and kept hammering it, and the GOP never countered it in any meaningful way. They should have hammered back just as forcefully, esp. in the swing states. It was a Dem plot start to finish, and they executed it perfectly.
It wasn´t just women in need of birth control who voted on this issue. I know a woman 56 years old who doesn´t need birth control who voted for Obama because "Romney hates women and will destroy Planned Parenthood." This woman had never voted before, this was her first time. She said she absolutely could not stand Romney because of his views on women.
For people who actually use their little grey cells for the proper purpose of thinking, instead of skull mush, there are some pretty scary thoughts on this thread that I agree with wholeheartedly.
I have also read on various blogs that our society began its slow decline to the edge of the cliff the day women were given the vote. As a woman this also does not insult me. The New Testament says that ´captive silly women´ are one of the signs of the end times. There sure are a lot of them, aren´t there?
Apparently no one cares that the White House/Obama Campaign used George Stephanopolous to introduce the questions regarding birth control. As was discussed, no state ever indicated the availability of contraceptives would be restricted.
It would have been easier to have Stephanie Cutter or Jim Messina moderate the debates just so Obama would have had more direct access to the candidates.
It is time for the Republicans to wake up and stop assisting the Democrats in setting up their agenda.
Tell Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal that the various Obama constituencies do, in fact, vote based on the free junk furnished by Obama and the Democrats. So what are the Republicans going to give these folks?
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