Bad times for GOP women

So far, the 2012 primaries — like both parties’ primaries in the past — have been all about pandering to every possible constituency.
The glaring exception is women, who accounted for 53 percent of the vote in the last presidential election.
The debate over the Obama administration’s short-lived requirement that religiously affiliated employers provide contraception coverage to women is framed as an attack on the Affordable Care Act, but is better understood as an extension of the 2012 presidential race.
The federal government has required religious institutions that offer prescription coverage to cover birth control pills since 2000. Twenty-eight states require such coverage. The only thing noteworthy about the latest requirement is that it was issued during election season.
The attack on women who use birth control did not begin with the insurance issue. GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has routinely expressed his opposition to the pill.
“Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay,” Santorum said. “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
Among women who have had sex, 99 percent have used birth control. Among Catholic women who have had sex, 98 percent have used birth control.
The debate over a medication that almost all women use comes after other insults to the female electorate. Candidate Herman Cain withdrew from the race after allegations that he betrayed his wife, and candidate Newt Gingrich has admitted to doing the same.
It’s a rough time to be a female Republican.,91494


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