By MIA FREEDMAN
Australian politicians: you have been warned. If you threaten to take away the reproductive rights of women they will come out and vote against you.
A gender gap worked in Obama’s favor. He won 55 percent of women to Romney’s 44 percent, which was enough to give him a decisive victory.
According to the Huffington Post:
“Women’s strong support in the swing states gave Obama a significant advantage over Romney. While Obama lost by 10 percentage points among independents in Ohio, he won by 12 points among women in the state. In New Hampshire, women voted for Obama over Romney by a margin of 58 to 42 percent, while Pennsylvania showed a 16-point gender gap that tipped the scale toward Obama. “
Listen up politicians: the biggest factor in the re-election of Barack Obama has been the female vote. And thank God. Because like many, I always wondered how the polls could have been so close when half of the American voting public have a vagina.
Especially when one party – the Republicans, influenced by and beholden heavily to the far-right Tea Party movement – have shown such crass disregard for the rights of women to control what happens in and around their vagina.
From Republican Todd Akin’s repugnant claim that ‘legitimate rape’ will not result in pregnancy because “the body has a way of shutting that down’ as a way to push for laws that would make abortion illegal even in the case of rape victims to the claim by Republican Richard Mourdouk that a pregnancy resulting from rape would be “God’s Gift” and should be welcomed, the prospect of a Republican government was a frightening one for many women.
Already in the US, abortion is illegal or severely restricted under state law (although legally, the landmark case of Roe v Wade prevails).
Already in 31 states, when children are born as a result of rape (often because abortion was not legal in that state and rape victim could not afford to other states), the rapist father has visitation rights. Visitation rights. So the mother must have on-going contact with her rapist? What part of GIFT is that exactly?