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War on women more than just a stance on abortion E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:44

By L&T Publisher Earl Watt

The war on women rhetoric that Democrats like to use took a crushing blow in recent weeks when it was discovered that the Obama White House does not pay its female workers equal to that of its male employees.

The hypocrisy hit home, and I believe it exposed the tip of an iceberg that demonstrates just how anti-female Democrats have been.

First, there is one issue that cannot be overlooked that the Democratic leadership has put squarely as a pre-requisite for being the champion of women’s rights — abortion.

If you do not support abortion, according to the ideologues that run the Democratic Party, you are automatically waging a war on women.

Let’s take a true look at a pro-female platform and see how they compare.

Let’s start with an issue near and dear to women — family values.

Which party, do you believe, is the real champion of the family? Which party has been willing to defend traditional marriage as the cornerstone of the family?

Which party supports adoption as the best way to help women with an unexpected pregnancy?

Republicans have long been known as the party most supportive of family values, and yet they are not given due credit from women for this stance.

It’s not an easy position to take. Those who support alternative lifestyles villainize family value supporters as small-minded bigots and homophobes.

According to Gary Gates, a demographer for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Public Policy, only 1.7 percent of the 18-and-over population is homosexual, and the number of women is even smaller. Obviously, a vast majority of women are heterosexual.

There is a difference between attacking an alternative lifestyle and supporting traditional families. They are not opposites. Supporting traditional families has the goal of strengthening families and holding fathers accountable for their role in the family.

Simply providing welfare benefits to women does not necessarily hold men accountable. To the contrary, it lets them off the hook. A father is just as responsible for the family, and women should not bear the burden of raising children alone or with reduced financial support.

Women also want to break through the glass ceiling, and Republicans have been very successful at making that happen.

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, and she was appointed by Ronald Reagan.

Condolleezza Rice was the first female Secretary of State appointed by George W. Bush, and she was also a woman of color.

But when it comes down to it, if a woman is the best candidate for the job, she gets the job. That’s how Republicans see it. It’s not a matter of race or gender but of ability.

Currently there are four Republican female governors and one Democratic female governor.

Women also have healthcare concerns, and the recent botched rollout of Obamacare, as well as the false promises of keeping current coverage and current healthcare providers, has shown women that this Administration did not protect women’s access to healthcare.

And yet, the overriding issue when it comes to whether or not a person, or a party, is being an advocate for women’s rights is abortion.

There were about 1 million abortions last year. Since women make up more than 150 million of the population, this issue affects a small number of women overall.

But the glass ceiling, family values and healthcare affect all of them. Which should be the priority?

A war on abortion is not a war on women. But a White House with unequal pay, something that could be changed today with a stroke of a pen, is a direct attack on women.

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