In case the sex tips and relationship quizzes weren’t answering all your burning life questions, Cosmopolitan magazine is also endorsing political candidates, presumably so you can one-stop shop for advice on how to get him to bed and how to protect your family from rising debt and terrorism.
The endorsements have been predictably liberal – Mary Burke for governor in Wisconsin, Alison Ludnergan Grimes for Senate in Kentucky – but one is astonishing for its unintended swipe at more than half the country.
Cosmo has endorsed Mark Udall for Senate in Colorado, slamming his opponent Cory Gardner for supporting personhood amendments that would give rights to fertilized embryos.
Cosmo makes no mention of that fact that Gardner also supports expanding access to birth control and making the pill available over the counter – a GOP proposal I’ve written about here and which most women resoundingly approve – but does want you to know Udall supports legislation protecting puppies. If only 6 year olds could vote.
But the magazine also fails to mention that Udall’s positions on abortion put him well outside the mainstream. He voted against a ban on partial-birth abortions, and has said that all abortion decisions should be up to the mother, failing to support a Colorado bill banning abortions after five months.
In a Quinnipiac poll of Colorado voters in July, only 29 percent of voters said abortion should be legal in all cases, and a Huffington Post/YouGov poll from 2013 found 59 percent favored banning abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest.
U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. Credit: AP
According to an August CBS News poll, a full 60 percent of respondents think abortion should either be prohibited or more strictly limited.
Yet for Cosmo, Udall’s extreme position is irrelevant because, unlike Gardner, he’s a “leader who stands up for Coloradans’ rights and their health, not a reactionary who puts the rights of a fertilized egg over the rights of women.”
“Women” want greater access to birth control. And “women” believe abortions should be subject to some restrictions.
For a magazine that purports to speak directly to and for women, Cosmo sure doesn’t seem to know us very well.
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