Women's rights are a HUGE issue this election. Obama has ruled that women can access "free" birth control (not ALL birth control. It depends on your insurance plan and the type of birth control you're taking. It's not QUITE free, either. It's covered by insurance, which you pay for). Todd Akin and Paul Ryan talk about "legitimate" rape; and Mitt Romney talked about his many binders full of women. Here's a quick recap. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!!
Women's health and reproductive rights became a political hot topic when the House debated a healthcare mandate regardin
Democrats invited Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law student, to speak to members of congress about the topic, but Republican leaders blocked her from testifying, saying she wasn't an expert. She then spoke at a separate hearing organized by Democrats. Fluke argued that her school healthcare plan should cover birth control costs, even if the school's religious leadership was opposed.
For this, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her "a slut" on air.
As if slut shaming is EVER appropriate.
Later, Ann Romney's career as a stay-at-home-mom became cause for controversy.
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen criticized Ann for having "never worked a day in her life." Even President Obama criticized her, and she eventually apologized.
Then, at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney punctuated her speech with an emphatic: "I LOVE YOU, WOMEN."
As many criticized GOP stances on women's issues, Ann attempted to appeal to women voters. The speech was was well-received.
Outrage also arose from Todd Akin's claims that pregnancy is rare after "legitimate rape."
President Obama made his position on the matter known: "Rape is rape."
Though it's not a matter of opinion so much as fact. Rape IS rape. "Legitimate" or otherwise.
When Mitt Romney was asked during how he'd help women gain equality in the workforce, he said he'd received "binders ful
The Internet got creative with this one.
But perhaps the most ridiculous was a study released in October that said women "vote with their hormones."
CNN took down their post about the study.