We are constantly bombarded with liberals claiming that women are furious with Republicans for, as liberals claim, denying women birth control and their right to an abortion.
Progressives, especially those running for public office on the Democrats’ side, have told us repeatedly that women want abortions and free birth control. Period. To not accept that, means that you have declared “war on women.”
New information, however, proves women don’t always want what Democrats tell us women want, especially when it comes to abortion.
[sharequote align="center"]Women don’t always want what Democrats tell us women want[/sharequote]
Nevertheless, Democrats will disregard this information and continue their attempts in the upcoming election to convince Americans that Republicans “hate” women, as the reoccurring theme of “war on women” is likely to rear its ugly head once again.
In 2012, Republicans came under fire after Virginia pushed for a measure which would require all women requesting an abortion to first undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, which women’s health advocates deemed “state-sponsored rape.” Other states, require noninvasive ultrasounds prior to obtaining an abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, a group that is made up of pro-choice women and men who lobby Congress to persuade elected officials to support the right to choose, considers these measures, typically authored by Republicans, as a way to force women to have an unwanted, unnecessary medical procedure which hinders their choice to receive an abortion.
Many presidential candidates forego any discussion on the abortion issue because they deem it an unpopular subject.
President Ronald Reagan may be the last Republican president to campaign on the issue of abortion as he did in 1980, following the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973.
It is predicted that Democratic presidential candidates in 2016 will not abandon the “war on women” scheme but will expand their message to also include economic issues faced by women and families.
Prepare yourselves to hear lies about how women have found it difficult to obtain abortions because of Republican interference and that Republicans have created the “financial struggles” that women endure by paying them less than men.
It won’t matter to Democratic candidates that they have done what they are accusing Republicans of doing, as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proved when she paid women less than males during the time she was in the U.S. Senate.
Occupy Atlanta's Sara Amis, center, of Sandy Springs, cheers with other protestors as she holds a sign, "Stop the War on Women!," during the "Walk in My Shoes, Hear Our Voice" protest Monday, March 12, 2012 at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Photo Credit: Jason Getz/AP
“Too many women still earn less than men on the job. Women of color often make even less,” Clinton recently said during a campaign speech in North Carolina. Hypocritical indeed but it appears lost on Clinton.
Combine the new economic message with a pro-women agenda blaming it all on the GOP and Democrats just might have a “winning ticket.” Or will they?
The tide may be shifting, especially when it comes to the issue of abortion. The Democrats may be losing their grip on being able to use this as a campaign weapon against Republican presidential candidates.
Sometimes, even the slightest shift in a trend can bring enormous hope. Progressives may be less likely to sway the American public this time that women only want abortions and do not seek alternatives.
According to a recent Associated Press survey, abortions are on the decline.
Even in states where new laws make it more difficult to receive an abortion on demand, abortions have continued to drop since 2010. Nationwide, the rate of abortions has decreased by about 12 percent since 2010.
States that have been outspoken when it comes to passing anti-abortion laws have also seen abortion numbers drop by more than 15 percent since 2010.
More liberal states such as New York, Washington and Oregon have also witnessed similar declines in abortions, even though they have unrestricted access to abortion.
Hawaii had the largest percentage decline in abortions where abortions fell from 3,064 in 2010 to 2,147 in 2014.
In addition, it should be noted that five of the six states with the biggest declines have not passed recent laws to restrict abortion clinics or providers.
Explanations vary as to what has caused the decline.
Abortion-rights advocates attribute the decrease to expanded access to effective contraceptives while pro-life advocates say that there has been a shift in societal attitudes, with more women choosing to carry a fetus to full-term.
"There's an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture," said Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest. "There's an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born," she said as the explanation for the change in attitude among women.
The data shows that women aren’t in lockstep with the Democrats’ agenda and that may be good news for Republicans.
Now the question is what will Republicans do with this information as they head into the 2016 campaign as likely targets for the Democrats’ “war on women” crusade and the cause of women’s economic woes?
Will Republicans play into the Democratic falsehood that all women pursue abortions and once again fail to take a stance on abortion that is reflective of the viewpoint of the American people?
Will they challenge Clinton’s hypocrisy in paying her female employees less while pointing the finger at Republicans for unequal pay?
It currently seems that Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is not concerned with Democratic tactics on the issue of abortion.
Walker indicated recently that he would sign a 20-week abortion bill without rape or incest exceptions. Many see this as a risky hardline to take that may assist Democrats in using Walker’s actions to prove that Republicans are continuing their “war on women.”
The news regarding a decline in abortions is good news for those who may have been losing hope and feeling that America had truly lost its way. Many feared that the number of abortions would only increase over time and they had given up believing that the trend could ever be reversed.
Many also believe that the Republican Party has lost its way and that there is no hope. They see many Republican as those who don’t push back against the Democratic lies and have long since stopped listening to the voice of the American public, for the most part.
Should we be optimistic that Republican presidential candidates will be able to prove naysayers wrong this election by standing up for their beliefs and by returning to a time when the voice of America was actually heard?
The Republican presidential candidates have a wonderful opportunity to use the facts about the decline in abortion to defeat the Democrats' lie regarding “war on women” and they have facts to show Clinton paid women less than the men she employed while Secretary of State.
Whether the Republican presidential candidates are up for the task, however, remains to be seen.
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