Nancy Keenan: Caterpillars and Contraception: Why Gov. Nikki Haley is Wrong

Apr 6, 2012 Full story: The Huffington Post

President Obama spoke this morning at a forum on women and the economy. In his speech, he said, "Women are not an interest group." Indeed, we are not.

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Oolongti

Austin, TX

#1 Apr 6, 2012
I listened to an NPR interview with Nikki Hayley this morning on my way to work. When asked by the interviewer about the large number of women voters who don't support the GOP due to the contraception issue, her response was mind boggling. Her response,( paraphrased) was that women are very much smarter than to focus only on contraception as an issue, and that they are globally interested in a variety of subjects, such as economics, jobs, access to medical care, education, etc. So I have to wonder how Ms. Hayley can in all honesty support a party that MADE CONTRACEPTION and WOMEN"S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS their ONLY FOCUS for one solid year! If what she says is true, that women ARE intelligent voters who are concerned about jobs, and education, et al, THEN WHAT IN GOD"S NAME is the GOP doing??? Obviously, her party, and even SHE, herself, is completely OBLIVIOUS to the women voters of her own state/country! Yes, women do have many concerns beyond contraception, and reproductive rights. However, the GOP made this their agenda, introducing over 1100 state legislated bills over this last year against women's access to reproductive health care. Not ONE SINGLE SOLITARY BILL was introduced by the GOP on federal or state level that addressed job creation, education, or women in the work force. That being said, it would seem that the GOP is completely OUT OF TOUCH of women in this country. Yes, WE DO think about more than our uteri. We also will defend our ovaries to our last breath when threatened. Perhaps Ms. Hayley would like to step down from her ivory podium long enough to recognize just how smart all of us women are. We know when we are being undermined. We know when our rights are being thrown under the GOP bus. We recognize that still today, a woman in this country STILL earns 77 cents for every dollar a man makes in a comparable worth job. What EXACTLY has the GOP done to reconcile just this issue? NOTHING. They have done NOTHING. Instead, they want to control the menstrual cycle of every woman in the USA. They actually introduced legislation in both Wisconisn and Arizona that is anti-woman. A woman in Wisconsin is now even more at risk for making less than a man, because of legislation there. This makes NO SENSE in a society that is largely SINGLE MOTHERS WITH CHILDREN TO RAISE. In addition, Arizona makes it legal for an employer to demand to see medical documentation of a woman's need for birth control pills, if the use of birth control pills are for prevention of conceiving. Ie, if the employer has a moral problem with a woman using contraception, they can force a woman to prove she is on the pill for 'medical reasons', or be subject to termination from her job! What kind of cockamamie crap is this?
If this is Nikki Hayley's idea of the GOP being 'in touch' with women voters, she is clearly smoking something, or hallucinating.
The GOP has lost the presidential election on this one. It won't matter what Mittens has to say about anything. If there's one thing Republicans need to learn, it's that you should NEVER EVER EVER mess with a woman's ovaries, uterus, menstrual cycle, or her hormones.....ever! Most INTELLIGENT people learned this in the 8th grade. I would surmise, that this dictum is learned at an even EARLIER age now. I would never vote for a man who represents a party who looks upon women with such indifference. I wonder how long the male vote would last in their party, if Viagra was suddenly removed from their existence??? And there it is people! Gender discrimination at it's most poignant! Gander/goose, kettle black...the GOP is just an outdated, backward, uneducated group of fools backed by white wrinkled rich old men who live a life of hypocrisy and bigotry. The GOP needs to take a step back, clean house, and really look at where their 'ideology' will lead them.
imaginaryfriend

Garden City, MI

#2 Apr 6, 2012
The War on Women can be seen in detail state by state: see alecexposed.org You can also see the War on Workers, Voters,.... all at this place.
Alrich

Perth Amboy, NJ

#3 May 10, 2013
I think women needs to have equal rights with men. Reproductive heath continuous to be one of the hottest topic in politics. Although contraceptives are important for women's health, there are certain side effects that need to be known. I even read some disturbing articles online and at http://www.nuvaring-lawsuit.com/danish-study-... regarding the sue of vaginal rings.

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