Our Right to Choose Is the Most Important Issue in the 2012 Election

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Occupy Women's Rights - A rally to honor the many struggles for women's libertySenate candidate Richard Mourdock, whom Mitt Romney has and still endorses, said recently with regard to pregnancy and rape that, "I struggled with it, myself, for a long time, but I came to realize life is a gift from God. And even if life begins in a horrible situation of rape, it is something God intended to happen."

In case there is any question, we already know that such extreme views on abortion are not unique to Mourdock nor Todd Akin. The Republican party's platform includes a ban on abortion. The platform entails an initiative that will attempt to pass a constitutional amendment making abortions unconstitutional.

Let's be clear on what this all means ... Republicans want to overturn Roe vs. Wade -- which currently ensures that a woman can have a safe abortion if she finds herself in the unfortunate situation of an unplanned pregnancy. One that may have been the result of rape or incest.

If Republicans make it to the White House in November, a woman's constitutional right to choose what she should or should not do with her body will be infringed upon. Women can also wave good-bye to federal funding to hospitals or organizations that provide millions of women cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, and other forms of preventative care.  

Thankfully, a recent Gallup poll confirmed that female voters in key swing states believe that their right to choose is the number one most important issue as they decide their candidates. The right to choose ranked 20 percent higher than job growth and the economy.   

Despite the Gallup poll, Republicans try to de-emphasize the importance of social issues by dismissing them as not being important to women. However, this Gallup poll confirms that Republicans just don't get it ... which likely explains why Romney still falls behind when it comes to the female voters -- by almost 10 percent

Apparently there are binders full of women that currently believe a candidate's position on social issues -- and how those issues will affect them -- should be used to help them decide how to cast their vote on November 6.  

 

Image via Fionacci Blue/Flickr

2012 election, abortion, mitt romney, women's issues

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shesl... shesliketx

I am so tired of hearing the conservatives say that the Romney/Ryan campaign cant overturn Roe v. Wade. They cant, but the supreme court justices that Romney if elected would have the chance to appoint would. We see who he endorses for senate, why on earth would we want to see who he would appoint to the Supreme Court?

Nolanzo Nolanzo

I've said it before and ill say it again: womens reproductive rights is my SINGLE biggest voting motivation.



As a sexual assault victim who DID become pregnant and CHOSE to carry out the pregnancy for adoption, I am highly offended by these ignorant and clueless comments that seem to be in abundant supply among republicans.



If I had CHOSEN to terminate a pregnancy that happened through absolutely no fault of my own, I thank my lucky stars every.single.day. that I live in a country where i have a constitutionally protected right to a safe and legal abortion.



Pro-choicers certainly don't love the idea of abortion or what it entails. Believe me, we wish it were not a necessary part of life today. But the fact remains that it is absolutely vital that a woman's ability to access a safe and legal pregnancy termination remains intact and not compromised in ANY way.

Flori... Floridamom96

Here's the full text of the Republican platform on the sanctity of life. If you're going to have an opinion you should at least have all the facts.

"The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life  

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide."

Flori... Floridamom96



"Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form – and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research."

Flori... Floridamom96



We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.

Flori... Floridamom96

I have posted the GOP platform on this issue in its entirety. Read it. Agree or disagree, but at the very least inform yourselves.

Saerise Saerise

Still waiting for my mammogram from Planned Parenthood.

Marcella Shambles

If God wants every baby conceived to born, God obviously wants every body on life support to die.  How can you follow one thing "that God wants" and not the other?  Sure wish I had the inside line to what God thinks like a lot of other people seem to.

nonmember avatar Whit

This whole article is why America is going to just keep tumbling into oblivion. Self absorbed women who think their right to abort is more important than job creation and the economy.

I am a woman and I know that 'woman's issues' is a HUGE smoke screen created to make all the voting women jump on the band wagon they are being cheated into believing cares for them.

Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about tge greater good....not ever going to happen with Americans, we are too self absorbed.

nonmember avatar Kristi

If god had a plan and wanted a pregnancy to happen then clearly those with cancer were meant to die right? I mean we should just get rid of all those pesky treatments. And organ transplants? Out the window! Oh and lets not forget silly little things like cars and planes. If god wanted us to be able to travel that quickly then he would have built us differently. Electricity, gone, water treatment plants, gone. It goes on and on. God clearly didn't intend for us to live as we do today, yet we do and there's rarely an uproar about it. But oh, you don't want to go through with a pregnancy and it's god this and god that! I'd really rather these politicians take the time to support adoption/foster care reform so that people who don't want to have an abortion feel like they have another safe humane option.

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