My soon-to-be 11-year-old daughter asks me in the car the other day: “Is Mitt Romney going to take away women’s rights?”. My answer, “of course not” was followed by dismay that a child would have those kind of doubts about a presidential candidate. We’re not just talking about who has a better economic plan or foreign policy, where reasonable people can disagree.
We’re talking about basic human rights.
Where would that question come from, besides from her friends at school?
One would think: she’s only 11 so she doesn’t have a full understanding of the issues. Perhaps so, but kids are much more perceptive than they’re given credit for. After all, President Obama has been tagging his opponent with the fabricated “War on Women” from day one. His administration makes a big deal about “binders”, alleges that Romney doesn’t hire women or pays them close to nothing, and states falsehoods about Planned Parenthood providing mammograms. The misleading ads are all over TV and radio, such as the one PolitiFact points out in this article and labels a big part of as a “pants on fire” lie.
Yes, Mitt Romney supports restrictions on abortions, but not on ALL abortions. So do most Americans according to a recent CNN poll. Yes, Mitt Romney wants to de-fund Planned Parenthood, an agency that performed over 300,000 abortions in the United States in 2010 and does NOT perform mammograms. No, Mitt Romney does not want to eliminate contraception, just not require companies and their insurance companies to provide it as the Obama administration is forcing them to.
I’m not a big fan of political ads from any candidate or party, but this one by the Romney campaign to debunk the anti-woman’s rights attacks is a good and effective one and needs to be seen.
For the record, I am personally against all abortion. I also realize that cases of rape and health of the mother are tough and require lots of thought and reflection. In the end, any policy that drastically reduces the number of human fetuses being killed is a step in the right direction.
In the end, all this is a concerted effort by Obama to paint Romney as not just against abortion, but against the rights of women in general.
I’m not naive enough to pretend that no politician, including Mitt Romney, is above misleading political ads. They all do them and “approve the message”. While we can grudgingly put up with lies and distortions from both sides on other issues, when it comes to human dignity, that’s where I draw the line.
President Obama should be ashamed of his efforts to maliciously deceive girls and young women by painting his opponent as being something as vile as being anti-woman.
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