After the candidates’ first round in tackling this question, Candy Crowley invites President Obama for a second intervention…
CROWLEY: Mr. President why don’t you get in on this quickly, please?
THE PRESIDENT: You know a major difference in this campaign is that Governor Romney feels comfortable having politicians in Washington decide the health care choices that women are making…. In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured…. Governor Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that in fact employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage…. When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings [sic]….
And… And… AND!!!
And I suppose the fact that Planned Parenthood’s being the world’s largest abortion provider, whereas they do not provide mammograms, wasn’t relevant to the woman’s original question.
What’s sad is not so much that the moderator insured that Obama had this timely moment to deliver his pitch or that she refused Romney the equal opportunity to defend his own position against the President’s unwarranted attack (although he did take part of the time allotted for answering the next question to point out that the president had distorted his position).
What’s sad is that the President basically informed the women of this country that he could ensure them equality in the work place if only he could be allowed to liberate them from the burden of being mothers to their potential children. Of course, men should also have an interest in their being released from this responsibility. After all, it’s sex without children. (Well, so much for Big Bird… So sad).
Sadder still, Romney’s best rebuttal was merely to contradict the president by insisting that he wasn’t against women’s access to contraception. But what else could he say at that point. It was a slam dunk at the buzzer for team Obama-Crowley; no illegal pick foul called by the referee (Oh, that would be Crowley, you know, the one who set the pick).
The take away from this debate is that women’s fiscal woes and societal oppression can be assuaged by giving people what they truly want and need: Big Bird and Planned Parenthood. The President invoked the abortion giant’s name no less that 5 times during the debate, without ever mentioning the word abortion.
In sum, government under Obama’s care can relieve you of the responsibility of having children attached to sex and free you to pursue happiness as you please, a happiness and freedom that State can ensure only if Obama is reelected.
If that happens, be prepared to live in a state where only our contraceptives are free.
Of course, not everyone is convinced by Obama’s Planned Parenthood appeal. If you are interested to see what several women who value human life have to say about paying for another woman’s abortion, you should check out this video: “Let’s Talk about Women,” over at The Rainey View.