Women best beware of Romney, Ryan
by Kevin Foley
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October 26, 2012 12:00 AM | 3095 views | 35 35 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It took more than 125 years after the nation’s founding for women to win the right to vote. Another 53 years passed before they gained full control over their reproductive rights with the Roe v. Wade decision. Not until 2009 were women paid the same as men for the same work.

GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they’ll do away with most all the progress women have made and especially anything having to do with women’s reproductive rights.

Michelle Malkin doesn’t want women voting with their “lady parts,” but they’d better.

Romney, who tried to block emergency contraception for rape victims as governor of Massachusetts, today favors legislation that would permit states to ban contraception.

Ryan’s Catholicism forbids the use of birth control, a dogma he thinks should apply to every American.

They both back the Blunt amendment that would restrict a woman’s access to birth control if the employer providing her health insurance objects on “moral” grounds.

The Republican candidates want Roe v. Wade overturned and Ryan has said he wants abortion banned even in the cases of rape and incest.

Romney endorses Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdoch, who said this week rape-induced pregnancy is “something God intended to happen.”

Paul Ryan, meantime, thinks rape is just another method of conception. The candidate didn’t indicate how he’d feel if his wife or daughter were raped and became pregnant.

Romney said his Massachusetts individual mandate is the model for the nation, but he’ll repeal Obamacare anyway, which recently began providing eight preventive health care services at no cost to millions of women enrolled in insurance plans.

When he ran for governor in 2002, Romney told voters, “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose.”

“I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president,” Weathervane Romney says now.

When the wind changed and his support among women was tanking, Romney, as always, reversed himself: “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that … would become part of my agenda.”

Yet last year Romney promised to support radical “personhood” legislation that even ultraconservative Mississippi voters rejected.

If elected, Romney and Ryan will lead the war on Planned Parenthood, which provides preventive care, including cancer and HIV screening and counseling to 3 million low-income women every year. Contraception accounts for 35 percent of its services while abortions represent just 3 percent.

“I’ll … remove funding for Planned Parenthood,” Romney proclaimed.

Planned Parenthood receives federal funding under bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Richard Nixon, who said — 42 years ago— “No American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.”

Romney dismissed women who rely on Planned Parenthood for reproductive healthcare, saying they “can go wherever they’d like to go. This is a free society.” But in places like Tennessee and Texas, there is nowhere else to go.

How out radicalized is Romney? According to a poll from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 91 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents, and 66 percent of Republicans believe the government should help women access birth control if they can’t afford it.

Asked if he supported equal pay for equal work in the second presidential debate, Romney talked instead about “binders of women.” In true Romney fashion, a staffer later said Romney would not have been for or against the law.

For his part, Paul Ryan voted against the equal pay law Obama signed. “Paul Ryan scares me,” said Lily Ledbetter, whom the legislation was named after.

Like Ms. Ledbetter, American women should be afraid of the GOP ticket — very afraid.

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.

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Luek
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November 02, 2012
How about Men's Rights as campaign issue for a change? Men in Western culture have the civil and property rights before the corrupt family court racket of medieval Russians serfs which is NONE.
Educated Lady
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October 31, 2012
y'all better do your research ladies...I heard that Romney is going to put all women in prison camps and make them work for their food. In China! Yeah, that's what he said, he's shipping all women to concentration camps in China.
whereistheproof
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November 01, 2012
Thanks for the morning laugh, Educated Lady. I wasn't even going to go back to see if any new comments were added because I knew mine wouldn't be answered. A few days ago I asked Kevin legitimate questions:

Kevin, honest questions here. Are you married? Do you have children, specifically, daughters? Do you have sisters? Have you seen firsthand how they (your wife, daughters, sisters) have been treated horribly by conservative policies? I'd love to hear just one example of how badly they've got it.

I'm still holding my breath, waiting for an answer. Not surprised the Cowardly Kevin remains silent. He's got nuthin'.
Luek
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November 02, 2012
Also, Romney with the connivance of the Republican Party is going to make all women wear tacky uncomfortable platform shoes and Halloween fright wigs like the husband killer Bloody Mary Winkler was forced to wear by her archaic pastor husband before she shot him in the back.
liberalwomenstand
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October 30, 2012
all you people claiming they dont want to take away birth control and things like this need to get educated on paul ryan. research the person hood bill he wants to put into place. it will outlaw ALL abortions, even if the mothers life is in danger. it will also make all types of birth control illegal and a crime to use or obtain. a zygote is not a child. a fetus is not a child. a child is a child. i dont believe a child is a human being until the minute it takes its first breaths, therefore has absolutely no rights. life is a privilege, not a right. so these idiot republican men can take there religion out of my uterus and shove it where the sun dont shine. im tired of having to fight for my rights over my reproductive rights when i shouldnt have to. and to even bring rape into politics is just shady. redefining what rape "really" means? wow. i guess you are all pro-rape. being pro-life doesnt mean a damn thing if you only care about the "life" of the unborn fetus, but once its born dont give a damn about it. your just pro-birth. you could care less if its well taken care of or not. as long as its born and has to suffer right? im saddened to know we live in a world so screwed up with such screwed up thinking when it comes to women.
whereistheproof
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October 29, 2012
Kevin, honest questions here. Are you married? Do you have children, specifically, daughters? Do you have sisters? Have you seen firsthand how they (your wife, daughters, sisters) have been treated horribly by conservative policies? I'd love to hear just one example of how badly they've got it.
Steve Rhinehart
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October 26, 2012
Mr. Foley, in light of the liberal "first time" ad, which is both utltra sexist and demeaning to women of all ages, but particularly young women, don't you think your fanciful, far fetched collection of your ideas of what Romney and Ryan might do, IF THEY HAD THE POWER,is just a little bit ill-timed, if not ill-conceived and ill-advised?
Kevin Foley
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October 29, 2012
Mr Rhinehart - I think my comments are timed perfectly. I take Romney and Ryan at their word. Women who vote for these two because they hate Obama are also voting against their own best interests.
Devlin Adams
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October 29, 2012
Foley, what you mean is you take them at the words you put into their mouths.
Laura A.
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October 26, 2012
I'm a Tea Party nutcase, and I've got three daughters. None of us (with the exception of the five year old) is concerned about our birth control.

I've been volunteering at my kids' school, Mike, since we moved. I welcomed my Marine home from Afghanistan in late July and we've been enjoying our new home in West Cobb. I've got another Girl Scout troop. I've also been campaigning for Mitt Romney and really enjoying how he skunked Obama in that first debate. Read Peggy Noonan's column today about how we saw the real Obama there. It's great.

Don't you hate, Kevin, how you can't control these comments? Used to drive me nuts:)
Mike Woodliff
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October 26, 2012
Since when did women become so weak and dependent? I don't know about you Kevin, but the women in my life are strong, independent and capable of self determination in birth control, sex, career, education, and so forth. The women in my life would be insulted were I to attempt to play such a role.

Democrats and liberals are far more interested in controlling women than are conservatives and republicans.

Additionally, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, which is extremely doubtful, it just goes back to the states. You and your ilk are the worst kind of fear mongers.

Independent and critical thinking people aren't buying any of that scare tactic garbage that you are spouting.

The women in my life are tough, thoughtful and independent....how about yours?
Too funny
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October 26, 2012
The only people saying women are weak and dependent are the Tea Party nutcases who want to make health are reproductive decisions for those "unladylike" - to us a Todd Akin term - women who surely can't think for themselves.
Kevin Foley
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October 27, 2012
@ Mike Woodliff - Don't yap at me...talk to Mitt. He's the one dodging the media and avoiding those "sharp tongued women" on The View.

What a profile in courage.
Mike Woodliff
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October 27, 2012
Yo Kevin, you put yourself out there as the self-appointed expert on "women's issues" and I'll yap at you all day long.

The women I know are tough, independent and capable of self-determination. You're just playing to an audience. I don't believe for one second that you actually buy into the slop you are trying to sell.
CobbCoGuy
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October 26, 2012
The Reno Gazette-Journal recently had a piece about Sandra Fluke's appearance at the Sak 'N Save in north Reno - part of a get-out-early-to-vote campaign.

Fluke spoke to a crowd of "about 10 people."
Laura Armstrong
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October 26, 2012
Yes mothers of our military heroes, beware! If you vote for Mitt, you might get some respect.

Yesterday the father of U.S. Navy SEAL (killed in the Benghazi disaster, being covered up by Obama and the national media) said this: "Obama couldnt' look me in the eye. He mumbled I'm sorry and it was totally insincere...whining. It was like shaking hands with a dead fish. We need to make sure principled men and women won't be abandoned by the commander in chief ever again."

So women, be careful. Mitt might make you pay for your birth control the way your moms actually had to pay, big whoop, but your pal Obama thinks nothing of sending your sons to die in a godforsaken country and won't even send reinforcements when he calls for help. He's got to get that shut-eye before his next campaign event.
elevenmoredays
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October 26, 2012
Laura, in addition to the cowardly Obama not looking the father in the eye, did you hear what the classless fool, Biden had to say? Charles Woods, father of dead Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, said Biden came over to his family and asked in a “loud and boisterous” voice, “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” This classless duo makes me ashamed to have them in office. Eleven more days...eleven more days.
KCMcK
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October 26, 2012
"Mitt might make you pay for birth control" ???

How about Mitt will do everything in his power to ensure you don't have access to birth control other than crossing your legs.
Mike Woodliff
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October 26, 2012
Good to see you chime in. Where you been, girl?
Kevin Foley
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October 26, 2012
Ms. Armstrong - Um, the discussion is about women - including you - losing your rights. Romney, Ryan and the rest of the Neanderthals have very strange ideas about rape, as well.

Everything I covered here is easily verifiable. Rather than do what reactionaries do and lash out, why not consider your own best interests and understand what these guys are trying to do to women.

Laura Armstrong
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October 26, 2012
To KCMcK or whatever, that's just baloney. The entire war on women's birth control is so completely bogus I can't even believe you people. There is NO WAY any poltician in this country is going to stop women from getting pills, condoms, iuds or whatever else they want. NO WAY. The Obama campaign needed this tactic because they know their guy hasn't done anything for any Americans in four years, except the cronies who put him in office. Meanwhile, regular women can barely keep our homes (foreclosure rates) our jobs (highest sustained unemployment in U.S. history) or our honor. You cry wolf about birth control here while Obama turns a blind eye to the treatment of women in Muslim countries. You cry wolf about birth control when he abandons American heroes under attack on the anniversary of 9-11, leaving them to be sodomized and dragged through the streets while he gets his beauty sleep. Gotta keep that "eye candy" personna going for the trip to Vegas. Shameful.
SevenOneFour
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October 27, 2012
@Kevin Foley

Once again your version of the facts is simply a mindless, obediant regurgitation of liberal talking points dictated to you by others.

Very, very sad!!!
SG68
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October 26, 2012
"Women best beware of Romney, Ryan"

I think women best beware of you and your pitiful attempts to scare them with your idiotic prevarications !!

Everybody knows (especially men) that women are smarter than their male counterparts.

The onerous scare tactics being used by the Obama campaign to try to frighten women into voting for the Democratic ticket are not going to be very effective.

Too many more critical issues need to be addressed this time around for a fabricated emergency to have any sway.
Too funny
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October 26, 2012
So wait, it's Obama who is feeding Mourdock, Walsh, Akin, Ryan, etc. their lines of "crazy" then? Now that is clever indeed.
L.Sanfod
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October 26, 2012
There are millions of middle class Republicans who vote and do not grasp the theological and economic significance of these the ultra right zealots.John Kennedy during his presidential campaign had to make a speech stating that he would not let his Catholicism effect the way he governed, The pope and the Catholic church would have no impact on his presidency. That's the way it should be right now!
Too funny
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October 26, 2012
We need to vote for a Romney/Ryan ticket because women can't be trusted to make healthcare decisions for themselves. Just ask Paul Ryan, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Joe Walsh, and a host of other Tea Party misogynists.
Anna D. Holembeck
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October 26, 2012
But we should all lose our virginity by voting Obama, right? I.E. the new Obama ad, targeting dumb young girls. Democrats have done nothing but talk down to women since this campaign started.

I'm in college and think Ryan is not only cute, but principled and really intelligent. He actually proposed a budget, unlike the Obama team who hasn't produced one in three years. And Mitt is like my grandfather, steady and understanding, and willing to allow Obama to keep on talking in the debates, to show us how really mean and ugly he is under all his coolness.

Women saw the president reveal his ineptness in the first debate and his anger in the second debate. By debate #3, we saw a tiny, petty little President, grasping for anything he could find because he knows he's failed at so many things and is now embroiled in a real, true scandal where America lost face and Americans lost their precious lives.
Too funny
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October 26, 2012
Anna, Ryan maybe cute and principled, but his principles are driven by a Roman Catholic zealotry that, if he had his way, would have you carry your rapist's zygote rather than give you a safe medical option to heal.
B D Lane
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October 31, 2012
Anna,

I wanted to respond to YOU. Your comment is well-reasoned, informed, and intelligent. This stands in contrast to so much content that is bigoted, emotional and hyperbolic. (It's kinda shocking, really.)

Also, while I will admit that I agree with your stance, I want you to know that I am most impressed by the articulation of your position. It's quite clear that you are capable of weighing information on your own--whatever the issue might be--and thinking for yourself.

Best of luck in your academic career.
silly column
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October 26, 2012
What women want are jobs, they want to know they can stay in their homes. They want to know they are going to be able to pay their bills, put gas in their cars and food on their tables. So save yourself the trouble of the talking points. In the real world that the rest of us live in, they won't work!
Too funny
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October 26, 2012
Why won't women work?
Old timer
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October 26, 2012
Inagree women want jobs, they want a stable economy to raise their families. No one other than those who support Shiraz law will be turning back any clocks on any laws..get over it.
Anna D. Holembeck
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October 27, 2012
I agree here, and I also wonder why Too Funny thinks Catholics are extreme and probably agrees with Obama when he calls terror attacks "man caused disasters."

You're worried about my right to birth control...but don't care about women getting stoned in Muslim countries or honor killings here in this country.

Also, do you really think the big pharmaceutical companies will ever stop producing their products? If you think Ryan, one man, the VP, can somehow, or wants to somehow, stop them, then you don't understand how the world works. But really, you know what you say isn't true, Mr. Foley. You just write it becasue the Demcorats want to scare girls like me. Guess what? We are insulted that you think we're that stupid.
Too funny
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October 27, 2012
No Anna, I think Muslim extremists are even greater misogynistic morons than the Tea Party extremists; but they are both cut from the same zealot's cloth and claim the same religious-based immunity from criticism.
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