The ACLU describes “War on Women” with the following:
The “War on Women” describes the legislative and rhetorical attacks on women and women’s rights taking place across the nation. In includes a wide-range of policy efforts designed to place restrictions on women’s health care and erode protections for women and their families. Examples at the state and federal level have included restricting contraception; cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood; state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasounds; abortion taxes; abortion waiting periods; forcing women to tell their employers why they want birth control, and prohibiting insurance companies from including abortion coverage in their policies.
While the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and liberal media would like to convince America that its fabricated “War on Women” represents the sentiments of most women in the country, The Republican Discourse recently broke down some of the actual numbers, astutely observing the irony behind the term “War on Women.” They pointed out that women are in some ways belittled by the issues that radical feminists and organizations like NARAL rally for.
When radical feminists cry foul any time “reproductive rights issues” are limited by legislation, they seem to overlook the fact that many women do not enjoy the sexual license that comes along with unrestricted and free access to contraception and abortion – not because they are prudish, but because many women recognize that sex unattached to any sort of responsibility may encourage men to view women as objects.
Furthermore, men and women alike are concerned about the health hazards that procedures like late-term abortion place on women’s health. Is it really pro-woman to rally for doctors to be able to perform abortions without admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, or to encourage legislation that allows non-physicians (including nurses) to perform abortions on women? Restrictions on practices of this nature are denounced as evidence of a war on women, but common sense indicates that in many cases, restrictions on so-called “reproductive rights” are in the best interest of women’s health.
The Republican Discourse cited both a Quinnipiac University poll and Washington Post poll, both of which show that 60% of women oppose abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The University of Texas found the same to be true in the state of Texas, where a 20-week abortion ban went into effect just this week. The Republican Discourse also cited a poll that shows 65% of Californians believing that non-physician abortions will be dangerous to women’s health.