February 5, 2014 – With the war in Afghanistan winding down, and a date set for the majority of troop withdrawal, the U.S. may soon enjoy its first period of peace in years. In honor of this good news, and to achieve an even greater sense of peace on the home front, can we put to rest the “War on Women”?
I never cared for this campaign strategy. It’s demeaning and instead of empowering women, it makes them appear weak. It is nothing more than a political ploy by the Democrats to win the female vote, and make it seem that Republicans are holding women back. I never felt there was a war waged against me, yet the campaign worked. The misinformed comments by a few Republicans about avoiding pregnancy during rape and controlling sexual desire did a lot to help the cause.
In reality, the Democrats give the Republicans credit for too much power, and there is a method behind that strategy. It is doubtful that Roe v. Wade will be overturned any time soon, if ever, and both parties understand that. It appears though that some may not want the general population to realize it.
No matter how you feel about abortion, we all need to accept that it is legal. You have every right to protest against it for religious or ethical reasons should you desire, but as long as it is the law, women have every right to have the procedure, as well. I am pro-life or anti-choice as some choose to call me, demeaning my choice, but I realize that it is a personal decision, and I won’t infringe on the legal rights of someone who chooses different.
My decision does not come from being religious, although I appreciated when Pope Francis came out and said abortion should not be the only issue when making a political decision. Rather, it comes from a natural and spiritual place. Nature made it so the female of the species gives birth, which makes us strong and powerful. It is a fact that we can’t change. So, why is it whenever I hear about the “War on Women”, I feel like those battling in our name believe we are the weaker sex?
On the spiritual side, I believe all life has a purpose, and it is sad when a life is unable fulfill that purpose. What if the person destined to cure cancer or save humankind was never allowed to be born? I know that sounds simplistic and that not everything is black and white with the pro-life/pro-choice issue, and I won’t judge anyone who chooses different, but that is how I see it.
I wholeheartedly support the right to use birth control, blood pressure medicine, or whatever prescription drug you may need, as well. In the staged the “War on Women”, Democrats accused Republicans of trying to end insurance coverage for birth control in the last presidential election, when in reality, they wanted to stop the government from requiring employers to cover birth control at no cost to employees. That is a huge difference. Demanding that birth control be distributed free, or forcing religious employers to offer them at a discounted price when is against their doctrine, is not something the government should ever be permitted to do. Even folks with prescription coverage have co-pays for medicines. Why should birth control pills be different? Fighting for this slanted cause is not honorable; it is just another way to control women and make them dependent.
Lastly, equal pay for men and women was a major topic in the last election, when the president said that women are paid only 77 percent of what men are paid for the same work. We can all agree this is unfair, yet it is difficult to believe what is truth and what is fiction when researching this topic, as a lot of information to the contrary is available. Many economists, who have compared men and women with the same job tenure, in the same position, and in the same firm, claim they earn about the same. I’m willing to bet that pay rates between women in the same job vary greatly, as well. Additionally, we have fair pay laws in place, which may not have completely leveled the playing field, but made things much better.
The president campaigned on the fact that he is in favor of equal pay, and so am I. However, it has been reported that women staffers in his White House are paid only 90 cents on the dollar paid to a man. Strange, considering it was one of his main campaign points.
Let’s remove this crazy phrase from our political canvass today. The “War on Women” is a battle we never had to face, anyway.