In Which Catherine Poe Says Some Stuff I Don't Agree With...
Yeah, it's another article about women and abortion. I very rarely read these because I don't agree with the pro-abortion position and so it's usually a waste of my time. But I indulged the author, Catherine Poe, because the headline made me laugh, as did the rest of the article.
Poe is right about one thing, women are leaving Obama in droves, and this fact has her a bit befuddled.
The latest Associated Press poll found that 47% of likely female voters said they would vote for Romney compared to 47% for President Obama. That is an uptick of 16 points for Romney in a couple of weeks. What the heck is going on here?
Indeed, what the heck is going on here?
If these numbers hold true, then women would be voting against their own self-interests.
Well, that's an interesting interpretation. I wasn't aware that supporting life for all people was against my own self-interest. Poe then goes on to set me straight with some facts, because it may just be that I'm unaware and need a few stats to move me back to where I belong.
A survey of swing state voters released Wednesday by Gallup shows that abortion ranks above jobs as the most important issue for women and yet they favor Romney. Don’t they know Romney’s record and pledges? Thirty-nine percent of women respondents said abortion was the most important issue...
First of all, Romney is against all abortions, except in the cases of rape, incest or to protect the health of the mother. However, his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is against abortion in all instances as is the Republican Party Platform that Romney supposedly is running on.
She then goes on about Richard Mourdock, followed by a paragraph or two about how Romney and Ryan might think abortion should be a capital offense, and finishes with the requisite, "repealing Obamacare will hurt women" talking point.
While Romney struts about saying he can’t wait to repeal Obamacare on Day One, he doesn’t say that by doing so he would deny women access to affordable contraception and would allow insurers to charge women even more for health coverage than men to the tune of $1 billion a year in premiums for the same benefits. Ryan wants the same thing and has even put it in his budget, which Romney wholeheartedly endorsed.
This would result in denying 8.7 million women guaranteed maternity coverage while denying women insurance coverage for having had a Cesarean section or for being the victim of rape or domestic violence. And goodbye getting insured if you had a pre-existing condition.
These are all fantastic arguments if, in fact, the record numbers of women jumping off the Obamatanic to swim to Romney are doing so because they care about these issues for the same reasons liberal women do. Abortion is the number one issue for women, but that doesn't mean women who think it important support abortion. I would hazard a guess that most women don't think their "rights" to an abortion are really all that threatened regardless of who's president. That, coupled with the rise in the number of women who support some form of restriction on abortions, really undermines the strong democratic hold this issue has had in elections past.
Here is a really good article by Molly Ball on why women are abandoning Obama, "The Revenge of the Soccer Moms" .
So what are your thoughts about the great female migration to Romlandia?