The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Democrats Distract from Policy Issues

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As the election count-down begins, the Obama administration continually reminds me of the rights he guarantees my gender and the persecution I’ll face if Romney is elected. I don’t know why, as a woman, I’m made to feel guilty for not condemning the GOP and outright demanding free birth control under the guise of equal rights and reproductive freedom.

The so-called “War on Women” is fiction, fabricated by the Democratic Party. Contraception was readily available before Obama came into office, and it still would be under a Romney administration.

Ultimately, its purpose is to divert attention from our stagnant economy and high unemployment rates. And unfortunately, it’s working.

As a woman, I find the manipulation of my gender for political gain to be both absurd and insulting. If we’re truly seeking betterment of women, then the Democratic Party is sending me mixed messages.


In April, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen claimed Ann Romney couldn’t comment on economic issues because “she has never worked a day in her life.” Is this not also an attack on women? Rosen essentially classified stay-at-home mothers as unproductive and uninformed citizens. By doing so, she made them voiceless on national issues, seemingly violating the cause of her own Party’s fight.

Furthermore, the Obama-era unemployment crisis is an existential threat to women’s security and place in society. According to the American Labor Report, of 740,000 jobs lost since Obama took office, 683,000 of them belonged to women. Perhaps we should be evaluating why our gender is being summoned for war on the Republican Party when the issues at stake in the upcoming presidential election are far from reproductive rights.

Romney is a moderate conservative on the issue of abortion. He supports abortion in cases of rape, incest and when the life of a mother is in jeopardy. Additionally, he maintains that abortion should be a state-regulated issue.

Romney is also not going to outlaw contraceptives but rather return to typical practice, in which people are responsible for their own – available in drug stores, Walmart, Planned Parenthood or online. Birth control is cheap and readily available to everyone and has been for decades.

Fighting to ensure rights we already have is a waste of time. Obama has created $6 trillion in new debt and is hurting men and women alike. As a woman, I am not afraid for my uterus. As an American, I am afraid what four more years of the Obama administration will mean for my future.