Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The War Goes On

The media, our political institutions, pundits, and scholars have been debating the merits of the "War on Women" for quite a while now. Those on the Left tend to see this as a real threat to the rights of women all across the nation, and a serious step backward in the struggle for equality, freedom, and a full embrace of our founding principles. On the Right, it is questioned whether there really is a war on women, and the term is twisted around and made into an attack on the Left, by claiming that the "Real War on Women" is something like abortion rates in America.

Recently, this debate has been reaching a fever pitch, as more and more stories come out about women, women's rights, and how they are changing in America. Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of women's health services in the nation, is reporting a string of unusual incidents that lead them to believe they are being targeted and that a group is seeking to discredit them.

Then, you have Rick Scott who recently voted down additional funding for rape crisis centers that was requested after he was told that some victims have to wait weeks if not months to receive help. Scott said that he was not presented with an argument that led him to believe this money was necessary.

Can you blame Scott for this ignorance? After all, he's not the only one who seems woefully uninformed about matters having to do with women's health and safety. How can we expect a person to support something when they don't even know what it is or how important it is?

This sort of gets to the heart of the issue. How can we expect someone to understand where we're coming from when they don't even look at things in the same way. To Rick Scott, the choice to stop funding to a program that clearly is in desperate need is a business decision, even though he is not running a business. For many, women's health has become the defining issue that separates the two extremes of our political spectrum. It will inevitably be a major issue with female voters across the country, and will likely be a major point that decides the election.

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