Election Connection Commentary: GOP candidates focus on religion
Is the GOP at war against women? The question has been posed more and more often with recent controversial statements made by leading Republican presidential candidates.
Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) recently spoke out against prenatal care for expecting mothers, birth control, and Planned Parenthood, which provides women’s health services.
Some voters have begun to question the motives behind these new and extremely conservative social positions.
Junior psychology major Emma Malone said that she would like to see the GOP candidates address the issue of birth control in the election, because she wants to see options like the Plan B pill be made available to more women.
“I would definitely like them to allow Plan B to be taken by anyone who is of age and feels like they should take it,” she said. “Also, I have seen that the candidates are very religious, and I really don’t think that should be a factor in who votes for whom.”
Sophomore special education major Esther Duranske disagreed with Malone, and said that she would support any candidate opposed to such forms of birth control.
“I don’t agree at all with birth control plans such as Plan B,” she said. “I would really like to see any of the presidential candidates restrict access to that pill.”
Religion has also contributed to the platforms of many of the Republican candidates, who subscribe to various faiths.
“They are not anti-anything unless the bible says so, and they are not pro-anything unless the bible says so,” Senior deaf studies major Joshua Lamont said. “It’s plain and simple in the current woman’s health debate: the only people who made a fuss are religious, so Republican politicians, naturally, come running they say what they must to please who they must. In this case, it is 57 percent of their registered voters.”
Former presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann refuted claims that the GOP is anti-women, but senior history major Jim Grandfield said he is skeptical of her statement.
“I think that in their heart of hearts, the GOP does think that it is pro-women,” he said. “The problem I have with the GOP and their stance on female issues is most of the decisions are being made by middle aged white men and that they are basing their beliefs on religious doctrine, which you obviously can’t have.”