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Maureen J Andrade
I'm a writer and artist from the Pacific Northwest. Progressive and practical, I believe politics should never be a winner-take-all game, but rather a healthy relationship between people and their leadership.
The latest far right slander against women’s rights came Tuesday when Indiana senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies resulting from rape should not be aborted because they are God’s will. Gov. Romney is a Mourdock supporter, and even made a campaign ad for him. Though the vast majority of Americans support abortion rights for rape victims, our government could be overtaken by extremist who don’t.
The presidential ticket and down-ballot candidates from the Republican Party have said they want to strip women of even the barest of reproductive rights. Women, are we going to stand for this? Women-loving men, are you?
Again and again, social conservatism has swung to new and dangerous extremes in the rhetoric of the 2012 campaign season. Repeatedly, Gov. Romney and Rep. Paul have had to back step from candidates they support, and from their own women’s rights records, in an attempt to calm voters down about their misogyny. Voters must not buy in to the latest flip flops: we already know who Romney and his cohorts are, and how they feel about women.
Make no mistake: if Romney wins and many of the other GOP candidates take seats in the House and Senate, women will lose ground with health and economic issues, and their families will suffer, too.
Women’s rights are actually human rights that go through women and effect everyone.
If for no other reason than the preservation of basic human rights, women and men must vote for moderate candidates in 2012. From the reelection of President Obama to taking back the House, Democratic and Independent voters must make their ballots count this year. The social agenda of the GOP is radical, backwards, and destructive. If they get into office, it will be dark times for our nation.