Women are the Real Losers This Election

While America has been so focused on polls and caucuses listening to politicians cram their beliefs into our lives, one issue in particular has fallen under the radar: abortion and women’s rights. It seems like now all of the GOP candidates have jumped onto the “no abortion EVER” bandwagon, which could result in a tremendous blow to women’s rights. Just last week Ron Paul became the fifth GOP candidate to sign the Personhood USA Pledge, a pledge that says in part:

“I support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children”…”If elected President, I will work to advance state and federal laws and amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings as person at every stage of development, and to the best of my knowledge, I will only appoint federal judges and relevant officials who will uphold and enforce state and federal laws recognizing that all human beings at every stage of development are persons with the unalienable right to life.”

Proponents of this pledge have acknowledged that it could criminalize birth control. This measure seems very unorthodox considering that 99% of sexually active American women use birth control. While Americans are split rather equally on whether or not abortion should be legal, more than 80% believe it should be legal in cases of rape or incest, and nearly 90% believe it should be legal if the mother’s life is in danger due to the pregnancy. With birth control rights increasingly under fire, current GOP candidates have the potential to set women’s health back by more than a hundred years. The Personhood USA Pledge effectively penalizes women who are the victims of rape and threatens women’s rights to decide for themselves when they want to have a baby. If any of the current GOP candidates that have signed this pledge win, women lose.

Here is the full pledge the candidates signed:

http://www.personhoodusa.com/blog/personhood-republican-presidential-candidate-pledge

and more stuff I used:

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/UnintendedPregnancy/Contraception.htm

http://www.cagle.com/2012/01/women-will-be-the-real-losers-in-the-iowa-caucus/

 

 

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  • jmerhit  On January 8, 2012 at 1:33 am

    It’s doesn’t really make sense to have both Abortions and contraceptives become illegal. I think it would have a negative impact on our society especially with younger women.

    However In today’s debate(1-7-12) it seemed like no one really wanted to make contraceptives illegal. Actually a couple of them ridiculed the guy that asked the question.

    I’m not trying to offend any one or be insensitive but I personally don’t really agree with abortions (with exception to the special circumstances above) . I mean as long as contraceptives are legal this really shouldn’t a big issue (once again not including the special cases)

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