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.