In a post on Monday, I wrote that the GOP desperately needs to do something about the “war on women” narrative and its impact on elections, such as the gubernatorial race in Virginia between Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
One suggestion is to cut through all the rhetoric about abortion and birth control pills and shout from the rooftops that women are losing jobs because of the Democrats.
Women who need to support their families, feed their children, and send their kids to college can’t do so because Democratic policies are shrinking the job force. Last month, 154,000 fewer women held jobs than in August. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, female participation in the labor force is at a 24-year low!
Yet the big concern for women in Virginia is birth control—and not even the demand for free birth control for poor people (who, by the way, already get free contraception under government family planning programs like Title X), but the right to keep their pills under the law—a concern that is completely unfounded.
The Democratic Party is spending millions on ads telling women that Cuccinelli’s past support of personhood laws – designed to provide a legal remedy to parents if an unborn child is killed by the negligent or criminal act of a third party — is really a ruse to ban all birth control pills.
The assumption is that if a law is passed saying that life begins at conception, abortifacient pills will be banned. No one mentions that OB-GYN physicians disagree on the abortifiacient nature of most pills, and that some pills don’t cause abortions at all.
No one mentions that Cuccinelli himself has made it clear that he “does not believe the government should regulate contraception and supported this legislation because he is pro-life, and this bill would protect innocent life.”
Cuccinelli has repeatedly emphasized that the legislation he supported simply “defined life and had no language or reference to any form of contraception or any access to contraception.” The bill was about helping grieving parents find justice, not about banning birth control pills.
No one mentions that there is a law already on the books protecting a woman’s right to contraception. Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark 1965 Supreme Court case that secured a couple’s right to use contraception based on privacy rights, would have to be overturned for women to be denied their right to contraception.
In other words, ladies of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli can’t come for your birth control pills like a thief in the night. You can stop clinging to your 28-day packs and relax. Worry about the job market—which is the real threat to your well-being—not imaginary fears that men are going to take away your pills, impregnate you, and chain you to the kitchen. That isn’t going to happen.
What is going to happen is that you are going to find yourself unemployed because of Democratic policies. You’re not going to be able to buy the food you want at the grocery store, or order clothes online, or buy gas to take your kids to soccer practice because you won’t have the money. That is what you need to be concerned about—not fairy tales about birth control villains.
Obama told you to “vote like your lady parts depended on it.” I’m asking you to stop thinking with your lady parts, and vote like your pocketbook depends on it!