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The effect of the elections and the “War on Women”

Behold the patriarchy!

Many in the media are suggesting that the War on Women narrative may be failing or even ending, from one of many pieces at LifeNews.com, to Marjorie Dannensfelser writing for National Review, to contributors on Fox News panels. The website of StanekReport.com has an entire section devoted to the “End of the War on Women.”

A number of candidates did take on the “War on Women” route — and they lost. Former Senator Mark Udall is perhaps the most prominent example. Udall has been unseated by Senator Elect Cory Gardner, and was even called Mark “Uterus” by his own donors for his obsessive focus on this so-called War on Women.

One winning female candidate, Senator Elect Joni Ernst, has said on the War on Women that ‘I Have Been to War & This Is Not a War.’ Ernst made history in several ways, being the first woman to represent the state of Iowa and the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate.

Joni Ernst is not the only woman to make history as a result of the midterm elections. Mia Love became the first black female elected to Congress. Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 30. They did not buy this phony War on Women. Also, all three of these women are pro-life.

We see criticisms against the War on Women because women care about more than just abortion and birth control. This was the general takeaway in the above mentioned Fox News clips. In that sense, the War on Women is offensive to all women, regardless of their view on abortion or their political party. Women are not defined by this one issue.

They have other concerns. As a pro-life woman, I take particular issue with the War on Women.  I like to see the issues of abortion and birth control access brought up in campaigns, and not from the perspective some candidates may think. I may be a young, single woman, but a candidate who wants to pander to me with abortion access and free birth control is only going to make it that much easier for me to vote for his or her opponent.

For us women who are pro-life, we not only realize that women don’t want to just be won over with women’s issues, but that if there is any kind of war going on when it comes to women in this country, it’s on those not yet born. There are baby girls being aborted just because of their sex, and Mark Udall had the nerve to support such a practice and still claim there was a War on Women. That kind of nonsense and hypocrisy is what should be regarded as most offensive to women.

If this ridiculous distraction the War on Women provided is finally dead, many of us know that it is about time. Perhaps candidates can appeal to women on a more broad range of issues. Furthermore, it is my hope that candidates will win over voters by reaching out and appealing to those women who see abortion as an issue, but from the pro-life perspective this time.

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