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Election Connection Commentary: GOP candidates focus on religion

29 February 2012 By Paul Donelly, Contributing Writer 10 Comments

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.”


  • Yep said:

    Yeah, the GOP is anti women. Especially the WOMAN candidate you mentioned. She totally hates herself.

    The liberal ownership of the women vote is both inaccurate and moronic. The GOP isn’t all middle aged white men, obviously, because the GOP member, the only one you named, isn’t. It’s just an oversimplification from a party that cannot exist without convincing its constituents that the other side hates them.

    It’s hilarious that that side will argue that an intensely positive prenatal care party is against prenatal care. Care doesn’t mean destruction. You are the party of prenatal destruction. We are the party of carrying that individual to term. Prenatal care is ending prenatal life? Ron Paul’s career was in prenatal care you ignorant jerks…

  • Mike said:

    This is completely objective and totally unbiased……. Why is the writing quality so poor?

  • John D said:

    Mike, I truly hope that you’re joking but I can’t really tell.

  • Chillax said:

    There IS a word called commentary in the headline. You know, that word that means… opinionated? It’s supposed to be.

  • THAT Guy said:

    What Chillax just said.

  • John D said:

    True, but it’s not particularly smart seeing as how those social opinions aren’t actually “extremely conservative” but rather quite mainstream. And way to go glossing over the issue of infanticide by saying Planned Parenthood “provides women’s health services.”

    I grow bored with the whole discussion of “women’s health.” People talk as if they have a God-given right to birth control…No, folks, it’s a commodity. Noone has to provide it to you. You want it, buy it yourself. And abortions are in no way conducive to women’s health.

  • TowsonYWC said:

    Killing your kids is not an issue of women’s health, nor does anyone have a right to force me to pay for birth control which I consider to be immoral. And please explain to men like retired veteran Allen West who is serving as a Republican Representative from Florida in Congress currently that the GOP is all old white men. Sorry y’all but your opinions don’t match that pesky thing called reality.

  • what said:

    You’re right, TowsonYWC. Nobody has the right to force you to pay for or believe in something you don’t wish to. Very similar to how nobody has the right to force legislation influenced by religion upon those who don’t identify with one (namely Christianity).

  • John D said:

    Right…The major conflict relating to birth control currently being that laws are now forcing religious institutions to provide birth control to women employees through health insurance. So what you’re talking about is not really relevant to what is actually happening the world.

  • Yep said:

    The anti-religion argument is silly. They aren’t legislating compulsory worship, they are trying to prevent forced payment for a pill that circumvents biology for convenience of sexual behavior.

    There isn’t much in the bible about the pill. What the left wants is the complete disregard of the views of anyone who is religious, not the religion itself. Which would be great for them, I’d imagine.

    I hope everyone votes according to their morals. How dare they leave them out of the voting booth.

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