Romney closes the gender gap?
Besides radical pro-lifers, ‘Job Creators’ and citizens who
now believe Obama’s big second
initiative centers around coming to get their guns, why would any woman even be
tempted to vote Republican this year?
Even on the pro-life issue, where I give a little
wiggle-room to the opposition because abortion is such an awful, ugly procedure
that it seems not unprincipled to me to stand in opposition to it. Even there,
in defense of life in general, the GOP sticks it to women in particular. All
the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ and transvaginal ultrasounds and forced counseling and
lack of legislative concern for the human rights of victims of rape and incest…
It’s a smorgasbord of misogyny!
There isn’t one single issue specifically affecting women
where the GOP platform and candidates aren’t working at deliberate
cross-purposes with gender equity. We’re just one conservative Supreme Court justice away from Roe
v Wade being struck down, and the issue of
abortion being thrown back to the individual states to decide. Do we really, as
a nation, want to put our reproductive rights into the hands of the same coalition of level-headed deep-thinkers who brought us the Civil War?
Yet new polls apparently show Romney/Ryan have somehow closed the gender
gap that Obama had been enjoying up until now. I have actual, non-anecdotal friends and
family members who are women, who plan to vote the Republican ticket.
And all I can say to them is, “Ladies, whatever single-issue
has drawn you to the GOP, this is the year to take a broader view and think
about the rights you want your daughters to have after you’re gone, and your
This election, put family before fealty.