GOP Defeated by Single Women
As Republicans continue to reflect on what went wrong on
Democrats were allotted only one witness and chose Georgetown law student
That was the moment when America's women were reminded of what is at stake in American elections in which one major political party enthusiastically embraces the agenda of the Religious Right.
We American women know how recent and tenuous our grip is on our reproductive rights. Anyone watching HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" knows the travails of
It wasn't until 1965 that the
So it's not such a surprise that this year's election, according to a Gallup survey, resulted in a 20-point gender gap, the largest in history, with President Obama winning women by 12 percentage points while
During the election post-mortem, Republicans have blamed their loss on decreased support among Hispanic voters and voters who live in an urban core. Romney even blamed his defeat on Obama's "gifts" to the moochers. But they're missing the pink elephant in the room. Women made up 53 percent of the electorate, and most of us won't support a candidate who promises to transport the country back in time when it comes to our essential right to control our lives.
Romney lost women by swallowing whole the Religious Right agenda, including its attacks on overseas family planning services. He promised to reinstate the
Every Republican president since Reagan has adopted the
Romney's stance on UNFPA mirrors that of Bush II, who withheld
The backwardness of the Republican anti-family-planning agenda is hard to put into words, so let's put it into numbers. According to the just-released UNFPA report, "By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development," an estimated 222 million women in the developing world lack access to reliable family planning. This alone leads to 63 million unintended pregnancies every year.
If all of the world's family planning needs were met, there would be 26 million fewer abortions. And if women in developing countries could space their pregnancies three to five years apart, it could reduce infant deaths by 46 percent. Republican efforts to defund family planning groups belies any real concern for "life," revealing instead the party's antipathy toward contraception and women's sexual freedom.
This 1920s-era thinking subordinated our mothers and grandmothers and continues to afflict women around the world. If Republicans want to win national elections, they need to realize that American women don't intend to relinquish their hard-won reproductive rights, not ever.
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