Saturday’s New York Times featured an article about the GOP agenda and subsequent female Republican frustrations. Frustrations stem from the Party’s recent focus on social issues, such as health care coverage for contraception and abortion rights. Many centrist women, who have voted R in the past, have grown tired of candidates’ attempts to invigorate the conservative base of the GOP by focusing on “bedroom issues.”
A Seattle woman was quoted in the article saying, “If Republicans would stop all this ridiculous talk about contraception, I’d consider voting in November.” While many centrist females feel disenfranchised by the overwhelming focus on contraception and abortion, others have found comfort in Obama’s stance: a promise to guarantee women’s rights to access.
Rush Limbaugh’s inappropriate remarks to a Georgetown Law student, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” exemplify the ferocity of conservatives when addressing these types of issues.
The bottom line is: many women who would vote Republican feel as if they’re compromising control over personal health decisions by supporting Republican hopefuls.
It’ll be interesting to see how women vote in November, as a recent WSJ article highlights the growing inter-party gender gap, presumably because of an intensified focus on birth control issues.