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.