She also argued that rising energy costs, not contraception, was a big women’s issue in 2012 and that Republicans had missed an opportunity in not connecting with women over rising energy costs, even though energy was one plank of presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s five-point plan he touted on the trail this fall.
When prodded by audience questions, the panelists said that contraception was a non-issue. As Hemingway put it, contraception was thought up by Democrats who found it tested well in focus groups despite being a completely settled issue. Her response was to urge Republicans to respond with their own accusations that are “just as crazy,” something like, “they’re stealing your hot dogs!”
via Talking Points Memo
So I’m not a lady… but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that contraception isn’t a “non-issue”, and that rising energy costs is not what’s going to get more women voting for Republicans. It certainly isn’t something to be liken to “they’re stealing our hot dogs”.
Maybe if the front line republican politicians like Huckabee stopped trying to define and/or excuse rape… maybe that had something to do with it. I think that might have overshadowed Romney’s energy plan no matter how much it might have spoken to women.
Then there are the republicans that fought to have federal funding removed from Planned Parenthood because they help people that would like to have an abortion. That’s the only thing they’re good for, right? They’re customer base is small, right? That probably didn’t bother anyone, especially females that can get a script for ‘the pill’, ‘morning after pill’, get tested, or seek an abortion. Probably aren’t that many women that have used their services.
Then there’s those flyers I got from a right wing Catholic organization that tried to argue that their religious rights were being violated by being required to cover the pill… So clearly it was/is an issue.
That’d be a legitimate claim if organizations that only had Catholic employees were required to cover the pill (they wouldn’t be), but the issue that is on the table is any organization with that has Catholic leadership but hires employees of all backgrounds would be required to cover the pill.
It doesn’t make sense that an employer could opt out of employee rights given by law just because the board has outmoded religious convictions based on tradition.
Side note: it’s interesting to me that the Catholic god’s will can be thwarted by a millimeter of latex or the pill. You’d think the all powerful would be able to work around products with a chance of failure, even if it is around 1 or 2%