If you listen to Obama and the Democrats, the Republican's stance on abortion, their wish to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and their objection to forcing religious groups to provide free contraception is an outright war on women. But, is it?
The Republican view of abortion is really an issue of protecting the life of an unborn child who has no rights at all in the Democrat's argument. Republicans know they can't stop abortions. After all, the Supreme Court has made it legal. But, hopefully, by objecting to it, women will become more sensitive to it. Then, when it comes to Planned Parenthood, abortion is again at issue. It sponsors nearly a quarter of the 1.2 million abortions conducted in this country every year and gets nearly $100 million a year in federal funding. Now, under the law, federal funds cannot be used for abortion and, because those federal funds are fungible, there is no way that Planned Parenthood can guarantee that these funds aren't being used for abortions. Further, the new women's mandates under ObamaCare, replace much of the "free" services that Planned Parenthood provided. Lastly, free contraception was simply a campaign tactic. It could have been declared part of ObamaCare when the law was passed in 2010, but of course, Obama and Sibelius waited until this, an election year.
All these issues are small potatoes when you consider what Obama and the Democrats have done to women's lives in the last three years. Based on a recent study, the average American family has lost more than $4,000 in purchasing power since Obama took office; with the median income moving from $54,983 in 2009 to $50,964 this year. That's a larger loss of income than under any of the Bush years; including the peak recession years of 2007 and 2008.
As I have contended all along, Obama's massive spending spree has caused this situation. The weak dollar is inflationary and hurts everyone's pocketbook. For a woman trying to tend to the needs of her family, any loss of income can be devastating; especially those living in poverty and at low income levels. That, to me, is the real war on woman.
Source of Chart: Wall Street Journal article: Negative $4,019. The Obama years have been brutal on middle-class incomes: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303822204577468750027784434.html#