Recognizing the Real War on Women – the War on Everyone

From the desk of Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling:

I agree.  There is a war on women.  But it’s not being waged by conservatives who are trying to pass pro-life legislation. The very real war on women is being waged by liberals and progressives with policies that harm women.

ImageFor starters, let’s talk about the excessive regulations on businesses that liberal progressives love. Such policies send a clear signal to women in general—we don’t want you starting a new business.  It’s not easy for anyone to raise the capital necessary to start a new venture, but it can be especially hard for women.   When regulatory policies heap on, they raise the cost of doing business, make compliance and reporting a nightmare, and basically make it impossible for women to pursue their dream of owning their own company. This is the real war on women.

And what about high taxes that liberal progressives keep wanting to raise even higher? Raising taxes takes away from many women the option of staying home with their children if they want to.  To make family ends meet, they are often compelled to go into the workforce—at least part-time, requiring finding care for their children, adding additional responsibilities to their already very busy schedules and often putting a strain on their marriage.  This is the real war on women.

ImageAnd how about the constant encouragement to have children out of wedlock? By paying women between more than $35,000 per year to not marry the father of their children, liberals are keeping women dependent on government, which in a very real sense enslaves them.  Government knows, as do the rest of us, that the fastest way to put a woman in poverty is for her to either divorce or have a baby and not be married.  Policies that pay women to not marry before having children condemn women to poverty rather than helping them become strong and independent.  This is the real war on women.

What about wanton spending, spiraling debt, a poor business climate in general that liberals seem bent on maintaining?  These conditions, aggravated by policies that ensure more of the same, make it harder than usual for men to get a job—or keep a job—that pays a wage that will support a family.  Unemployment creates little to no incentive for men to get out and look for a job.  Unemployed men are not very attractive to women.  Is government’s plan to make sure women don’t get married?  Is this another way to keep women dependent on the state, wards of welfare, slaves to the system?  This is the real war on women.

ImageAnd finally, let’s talk about how liberals encourage women to kill their preborn babies.  The ongoing push to encourage women to get rid of “inconvenient” pregnancies by aborting their babies must mean government really doesn’t care about women’s health.  Abortion comes with great risk to a woman—sometimes with years of guilt, psychological and emotional issues—and sometimes with real physical complications.  Turning a blind eye and deaf ear to minor girls who have become pregnant by an adult male is more than a little risky for the minor girl.  Resisting laws that require parental consent before a minor girl has an abortion sends the message that the girl just isn’t important. She’s just a commodity—something to be used and discarded.

Telling a woman who is pregnant that what she is carrying is just a blob of tissue, the product of conception, or a clump of cells is insulting and demeaning.   Fighting efforts to have women get an ultrasound prior to an abortion is also insulting and demeaning.  Defending sex-selection abortion, especially when more girl babies are aborted because of sex than boys, is about as dehumanizing as you can get.  And what about fighting against a law that outlaws so-called “telemed” abortions, where a doctor prescribes a potent medication that will create a chemical abortion—via Skype—without ever examining the woman?  I declare that all of these are the real, the very dastardly war on women.

Yes, there is a war on women; and it is coming from those who have no real sense of the greatness and uniqueness of this country, no understanding of and respect for the value of and sanctity of human life, no appreciation for what it means to be independent and self-governing.  Those who are ready to sell out America are more than willing to also sell our beautiful, talented, giving, creative women to the lowest bidder.

Fortunately, the entire history of America has not yet been written.  We have opportunities to turn this thing around, to head in a better direction.   It will take all of us doing our part and recognizing the real war on women—and recognizing it for what it is…a war on everyone, on everything that makes this country great. 

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