It isn’t very often that you hear a politician’s marital status used as a reason not to vote for him or her. But when you do, the politician in question is almost always a woman.
According to the Seattle Times, Washington Senator Maria Cantwell’s Republican challenger has launched an attack against the Democratic incumbent over her signing of a letter asking the Obama administration to justify its overruling of the FDA’s decision to allow Plan B to be available without an age limit or doctor’s prescription. Calling the sitting senator “an extreme liberal who is left of most Washington voters,” State Sen. Michael Baumgartner noted that she was “unmarried” and “frequently voted to ‘undermine the role of parents in child rearing.’”
Somehow, wanting younger girls who believe they might be pregnant to have access to contraception that will stop her from turning into a teen mom is anti-family? Only if you consider forcing very young women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term “pro-family.”
In an ideal situation, any teen should talk to her parents if she thinks she is pregnant. But when time is of the essence, and a girl under the age of 17 needs a doctor’s note to obtain the emergency contraception, having a safe medication that she can access immediately is even more important. Plan B works best to prevent pregnancy the first 72 hours after unprotected sex. Putting up a delay to obtaining it means the difference between a girl preventing pregnancy or needing an abortion or becoming a teen mom.
Saying that a politician cannot understand the importance of family or raising girls simply because she hasn’t had one is a ridiculous and sexist attack. After all, most politicians are male and can never give birth, so how do they then feel qualified to legislate the uterus for every woman and girl in the country?
(Note: The original piece spelled the Republican challenger’s first name as Michale, not Michael, as that was how it was spelled in the Seattle Times piece. I have corrected the error.)
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