Debate Continues In Colorado Senate Over Birth Control

A debate is currently raging in the Colorado Senate over whether insurance plans should be allowed to deny women birth control on religious and moral grounds. During the debate tempers began to flare, and the strong feelings that this particular topic has brought to the fore are likely a precursor of an issue that is likely to be a hot topic for the duration of the presidential election campaign. This issue has served as a call to action for many women voters, both Republican and Democrat. During the debate Democrats unfurled a banner that listed the many instances where birth control would be denied if the bill was passed.

Many Democrats claim that the Amendment is a war on women. This kind of rhetoric has been used to fuel political debate over the issue. A Democratic female member of the Senate pointed out that to women this is more than just a policy issue, it is a personal issue about what a woman ha a right to do with her body. A Republican member of the Senate, also a woman, said that the issue boils down to the right of religious freedom and that the issue has been twisted by politicians to come across as a war against women.

While tempers flared in Colorado the issue of birth control and how it relates to the recent health care reforms that have been made will likely be a debate that rages on throughout the presidential elections. With both candidates trying to court women voters, it is important that the candidates carefully craft their responses on this sensitive issue in order to reach their constituents and get their votes.

Women and the Birth Control War

The battle over whether women should have to pay for birth control or if it should be covered by health care insurance continues to rage on. These issues will likely remain a hot-button topic right up to the presidential elections in November. The problem is that many women feel like the debate over birth control is being treated more like a sideshow and less like a relevant and serious policy issue. Since women voters now outnumber male voters, winning the vote from women has become a big concern for political candidates. The issue is that women voters are not an actual voting block that votes a certain way.

Many women feel that to have issues related to women taking more seriously in the political arena there is a need to have more women in the highest political offices. This means more women in the Senate and the Congress. Statistics have shown that over recent years when women have failed to gain any seats in congress it has correlated with an inability to make any gains in closing the wage gap between men and women.

Some women feel that to a lesser degree this is what is going to continue to take place with the birth control issue. Since the birth control issues is tied up with the larger issue of health care reform it is sure to stay in the public eye right up until the elections in November, but whether the issue will be given the serious consideration that is deserves as a matter of policy remains to be seen. How the political candidates address this issue may determine how many women vote in the November elections.

Gender and the Debate Over Contraception

The debate over contraception is not a topic that is going to disappear during the presidential election this year.  The gender gap in opinion on this topic is marked, and many women want to know exactly how the candidates feel about the issue and what their feelings on the issue are going to motivate them to do.  While many individuals feel that there are issues that deserve more time, we can all rest assured that the topic of contraception is going to be raised at least once in the official political debates before the actual election.

The biggest issues regarding birth control right now stem from a move by the current administration to require religious institutions to provide birth control for employees as part of the health care coverage.  Many Republicans feel that this move was an attack on religious freedom and religious conscience and for this reason it will likely come back as a talking point later on during the presidential campaigns.  Now that the Republican presidential candidate is apparent it is time for that campaign to start preparing for how they will address the issue when it comes up.

How the presidential candidates choose to address this issue will likely determine where they stand with many women voters.  Women now make up over half of the voting public, so that means that issues that are important to women must be given priority for the presidential candidates if they expect to win the election.  The Republican party has long been perceived as being strongly socially conservative as a party, so the response of the Republican candidate on this issue will either win him votes or alienate him from his own party.