If The “War On Women” Will Hurt Dems, Why Is The GOP Trying To Co-Opt It?

The Republican Party wants you to know that the whole “war on women” thing is really, really unpopular.  In fact, it’s probably going to come back and haunt all you women, according to the GOP.  Republican pundit Sabrina Schaeffer warns Democratic women that “playing gender politics this election cycle is risky business.”

“While this may play to their feminist base, it’s destined to fail with female voters at large,” Schaeffer writes in The Hill. “Contrary to what groups like NOW suggest, women today are not interested in playing identity politics; rather, they are focused on the same things as men, namely job creation and economic growth, the growing national debt, healthcare reform and rising gas prices and energy policy. Steeped in crony capitalism, however, the White House is too busy picking winners and losers to make any meaningful economic improvements that would benefit women and their families. In fact, they have actively engaged in policies that will work against women and limit their choices.”

But if the war on women rhetoric is such a bad message, why is it that Republicans are trying to co-opt it for themselves?  “Don’t be fooled, sisters,” writes Libby Sternberg, “There might be a ‘war on women’ out there, but it’s coming as much from the left who want to silence the half of American women who don’t agree with liberals on abortion policy. According to their “rules of engagement,” these women–pro-lifers or their admirers– deserve to be called any name in the misogynist’s lexicon.”

In fact, the Republican National Committee is diving feet first in an attempt to tap the “war on women” anger, with an ad that claims it’s the Obama Administration who has declared a war on women.

So who is the real aggressor in the war on women? The stories don’t lie.


Esther Knott
Esther Knott4 years ago

Seems like they want to go back to "Keep them barefoot and pregnant." I guess that is the on;y way they can feel like men. REAL men don't need to posture and show how unsecure they really are! PROGRESS! HAH.

Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

Add on to Sherrie....I don't like my taxes used for wars, used for subsidies to billionaire oil companies, used for lower taxes for millionaires and billionaires, for inflated wages for Congress, and for the fabulous benefits they get for life. I don't like our insurance dollars going to millions in bonuses for the insurance fat cats.

Preventive health care is a necessity, unless you want to see people too soon and unnecessarily.

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell4 years ago


We already help pay for other treatments that we may not agree with. I don't like the fact that I'm helping to pay for other people's blood pressure medication when many could negate the need for that medication by simply changing their diet and exercising. But those meds are covered. How is that different from you not wanting to pay for contraception?

Finally, most insurance companies cover Viagra, which only provides for erections. There is no other medical need for such drugs, unlike contraception which helps many women with real health issues.

So which one should be covered by insurance? The one that is not medically necessary and provides no economic benefits to society (and in fact could cause more pregnancies which may be a drag on the economy), or the one that can be medically necessary and helps women be more productive members of society?

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell4 years ago

Paul B., I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but contraception is indeed a medical necessity for more women than you would like to admit.

Many women suffer from horrible reproductive issues like poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, which is incredibly painful and can cause infertility if not treated with hormonal contraception. Other issues include severe periods that can cause women to be so ill they miss work, but with hormonal contraception, these symptoms are alieviated and she is again a productive member of society. How is that not economically beneficial?

In addition, there are other women, such as myself, who have other diseases that become much, MUCH worse during our cycles. In fact, my period makes my symptoms so bad, I am incapable of functioning for a week to 10 days out of the month. In addition, if I were to get pregnant, I would be at serious risk of death due to the strain it would place on my already overburdened body. But with contraception, I am able to mediate some of the issues caused by my cycle and don't have to worry about whether or not my loving relationship with my partner will cause my death through pregnancy.

We already help pay for other treatments that we may not agree with. I don't like the fact that I'm helping to pay for other people's blood pressure medication when many could negate the need for that medication by simply changing their diet and exercising. But those meds are covered. How is that different from you not wanting to pay for contra

Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

Viagra is not a medical necessity, it's just that men still want to have sex. These are usually men who have aged..isn't that nature? Why should we taxpayers pay for Viagra just so men can have sex. If more man have sex with women who are denied birth control won't that mean more unwanted pregnancies? The truth is birth control is also used to treat illnesses, so is more deserving of insurance coverage.

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin4 years ago

I made a video about why abortion should be easily available, and free for any woman that wants one. Here’s the link:


Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil anti-abortionists.

Andrea MacDonald
Andrea MacDonald4 years ago

It amazes me how the Republicans can twist the contraceptive and abortion issues and try to make it sound like it's Obama's fault. This is just what they did about health care reform. Remember the lies about "death panels" and "killing Grandma". They must really think people are stupid. Actually most of their followers are, so it does not surprise me.

Guillermo Ramon
Guillermo Ramon4 years ago

Seth C., thanks. You served your country, fought in a war that wasn't even needed, risked your life and mental sanity for us. It would be so terrible if everything you and so many others fough for was lost to religious groups that slowly infiltrate our government.

seth c.
seth c.4 years ago

Roseanne - I agree with you that we all need to live in peace together. But, I think too many people are getting sidetracked and distracted by the contraception aspect of these bills being introduced and passed around the country. The main issue should be the fact that Republicans across the country are creating legislation which infringes upon the rights of women and implies that women aren't intelligent enough to make decisions for themselves.
Republicans across the country are passing legislation full of mandates forcing women to undergo unnecessary, invasive and costly medical procedures, which have NO medical value, in order to have an abortion. In a few cases, before it caused a huge backlash, a woman would be forced to be vaginally penetrated with a medical device even though it had no medical value. It is beyond disrespectful to tell a woman that if she wants or needs an abortion, then she MUST surrender her fundamental right to her own body and the right to make her own decision. I didn't do three tours in Iraq just to come home to a country where women are treated as property and can be discriminated against for simply using or wanting to use a medication which gives HER the ability to decide when she's ready to have a (or another) child.
The radical Christian minority, and the politicians who bow down to them, are a poison to our country right now. I am a Christian - but unlike these radicals, I believe in freedom for everyone regardless of religio

Gene Jacobson
Gene Jacobson4 years ago

Marilyn "In fact, there are already religious groups here in the USA that say women should be subservient to their husbands and do everything he says. I’ll give you an example."

We here in Minnesota have a representative in Congress, Michelle Bachmann, who already has said that very thing in public many times. Though she's never said if he tells her how to vote. It's like I said earlier, our Christian Taliban want to go back to the 19th century, not as far as the 12th where Islamic extremists want us, just back to the days when men were men and women were property would satisfy the GOP. Grand, my butt, but I will accept Old Party since THAT fits...