Sunday, April 29, 2012
A War on Women?
Like many Sundays, I started this morning watching NBC's Meet The Press with David Gregory. Several times I heard he and his panel use the term, "the war on women" in reference to the supposed move to "restrict women's access to contraception" which was frustrating, because it is a political fiction. There is no movement in Congress or the courts - state or federal - to make contraception any less available to women than it has been for the past 40 some years. I also heard Hilary Rosen and Rachel Maddow equate "the war on women" with movements by lawmakers to restrict abortion. The response that immediately jumped to my mind was, "In what sense could the attempts to save the lives of the 500,000 girls who are aborted every year be considered a war on women? Isn't it the exact opposite?"