Abortion has been a hotly-debated and controversial topic for months now in the race for the White House. President Obama is pro-choice, Mitt Romney is pro-life, and a lot of supporters on both sides have spoken candidly and even testily (ahem, Ann Romney) about it. Nevertheless, it comes as a major surprise that abortion is listed as the most important issue in the presidential election by a large share of women. Can we all just agree that it shouldn’t be?
According to a new USA Today/Gallup survey, 39% of women said abortion is the most important issue in this election. That’s nearly four out of every 10 females who are likely to be basing their voting decision come November 6 on abortion rights–not jobs, healthcare, the economy of even education, all of which fell later on the list of priorities.
A similar percentage of men, on the other hand, ranked jobs as the most important issue. Thank you, guys. You seem to have your priorities in order.
It’s not that abortion and women’s reproductive rights are not important, because if you’ve been following this blog for more than, say, a day, you’ll see that we believe they are very important. But the debate over this one single issue has gotten out of control. You have a clearly divided line amongst Republicans and Democrats over abortion rights with both sides fighting fiercely to be heard–and to be right. It has created the war on women that both sides have also spoken about, and no one can deny that the liberals are wooing more women with their open-minded stance. In fact, this survey showed that both men and women were partial to Obama’s birth control policies.
But is this one issue really more important than jobs or the economy? More important than being able to afford a home and an education? More important than our ability to support ourselves financially and feed our children? Of course not.
So come election day, it’s crucial that we take into account every issue on the table and vote accordingly to our beliefs in the majority of them. Where do you stand on the economy, the national debt, healthcare, taxes, national defense, government regulation, medicare and foreign policy? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out. Because when it comes right down to it, abortion rights are something that may or may not affect you at some point in your life, but a steady paycheck and a secure place to live is something that affects us every day. Let’s not let our emotions cloud our judgment over what’s most important in our lives and our family’s lives.
Interestingly enough, defense, national security, international affairs and foreign policy did not even rank on the women’s list of important topics…and yet, we have an entire debate tonight centered around these issues.
Tell us, what is the most important issue to you come election day?
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