NOTE: This is a guest post by Kate Thomas, a Digital Campaign Strategist for the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Follow her on Twitter at @katethomas.
This could not be less true. As Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel writes:
The War on Women, as the GOP line goes, is a myth drummed by the liberal media to distract from important economic issues. Issues like jobs, the economy, and building [an] oil pipe across the middle of the country. And unplanned pregnancies aren’t free. And ignoring the health needs of low income women won’t make them go away — it will just make things more complicated and expensive.
Of course the economy, jobs and wages are all important issues to women. What Republicans like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan refuse to acknowledge is that contraception is inextricably linked to these issues.
As millions of Americans prepare to head to the polls to cast their ballots on November 6, shouldn’t every woman voter understand the economic reality of what a Romney-Ryan White House would cost them?
Enter SEIU’s birth control calculator:
The data in this new tool – which is embeddable and shareable – applies to all women of roughly childbearing age to calculate how much a Romney-Ryan White House would cost. Per the calculator, for example, a 28-year-old uninsured woman on the pill, patch or vaginal ring would pay $63,528 over the course of her childbearing years if Romney wins.
Considering astounding costs like these, it’s not hard to see why the Romney campaign avoids campaign talk related to reproductive health as much as possible. Because if every woman in America knew the real facts about Romney’s policies to restrict access to contraception and abortion…. well. Perhaps this presidential race wouldn’t be as close as it is on the eve of the election.
If elected, Mitt Romney’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act and reproductive rights would have a profound impact on a women’s health AND economic well-being, as well as that of her family.
For women in America, there aren’t many things are more closely tied to our economic health and security than whether or not we are responsible for feeding, clothing and sheltering another human being (besides ourselves, that is). If birth control becomes less accessible and more costly under Romney’s policies, then fewer women will be on birth control.
In terms of healthcare and equality, the Romney-Ryan ticket spells second-class healthcare for women and opens the door for politicians and employers to dictate our personal health decisions.
The choice for women voters today is clear.
Visit http://birthcontrolcalculator.com and share widely with the women in your life via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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