Senate 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.
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