The latest Obama political mantra is for the female supporters of Hillary Clinton. Support Obama, they say, or Roe v. Wade is toast and none of you will be able to get safe, legal abortions. At the same time these Obamaites like to dismiss the followers of Clinton as uneducated, middle aged women. Sort of a disconnect there.
If they are middled aged, then they aren’t exactly the right age to have children, if you know what I mean.
It all got put into perspective for me last week by a male friend who is a lapsed Catholic. For some reason we got on the subject of going to church. “I killed a baby with my girlfriend by having an abortion,” he told me. The bitterness in his voice was not so much for the choice he had made–with his girlfriend–but for the interpretation put on it by his religious establishment. Clearly he would not be back to church in the near future, if ever.
The other piece of his outburst was that it had taken place some time ago, when he had a gilrlfirend who was still young enough to get pregnant. Abortion–and the corollary issue of birth control–is an issue not just for women but a decision many couples–young couples of childbearing age–make together.
Older women, or older couples, are not likely to be personally affected by changes in abortion and birth control legislation. But they are more affected by social attitudes to women working. So when the Obama campaign appeared to attack Hillary Clinton by innuendo about her gender, this was seen as weakening the credibility of working women and their ability to make a living.
McCain has been quick to capitalize on this by promising more federal jobs for women.
The DNC keeps up their Roe v. Wade mantra, totally oblivious to the damage they have done to working women everywhere. And many younger women–perhaps dependent on males for their livelihood and well-being–seem to be choosing reproductive freedom over financial freedom so far. After all, at that stage of life, the ability of a couple (not just the woman) to make reproductive choices that limit the number of dependents in the household, as well as the spacing of pregnancies, can have a large impact on both physical health and financial well-being of the entire family. But the older women know the realities of life. The still-high divorce rate and a higher death rate for men means more women will be trying to make it on their own without a male paycheck in the household.
The only thing the DNC is promising female voters is reproductive freedom. But age has given many women–and couples–that freedom already. Women, young and old alike, need financial security. The DNC just doesn’t get it.