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Brown-Warren: Do You Believe There's a War on Women?

Trailing in the latest polls, Elizabeth Warren charged Scott Brown is part of a Republican war on women. Do you agree, or is this just a stunt?

Senator Scott Brown has opened up a lead over challenger Elizabeth Warren in a new poll released Tuesday. Public Policy Polling has Brown over Warren by five points. 

On the stump, however, Warren's on the offensive, saying Brown and the Republican party are waging a war on women. She's pointed to comments by Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin as the latest evidence of that war. Akin has been roundly condemned by liberals and conservatives alike for his statement that it's rare for women to become pregnant after a "legitimate rape." Akin has apologized and attempted to clarify his statement, saying he meant "forcible rape."

Brown has publicly called on Akin to drop out of the race, and asked that the Republican party soften its stance on abortion

What do you think? Is Warren right about Republicans trying to claw back women's rights? Did Brown call for Akin's withdrawal to blunt these attacks? Or are Warren's claims about a war on women just the smoke and mirrors of a losing campaign? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

R Gagnon September 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM
There is a difference between being pro choice and being pro abortion. The pro choice people believe that is not the government's (taxpayers') responsibility to determine the legality and morality of abortions. The pro-abortion people believe that is not only the government's responsibility to protect a person's natural right to have an abortion but they also feel it is the responsibility of everyone, regardless of how they feel on the matter, to provide funding for abortions. Warren knows the difference but insists on ginning up this supposed "war on women" in order to steer the uninformed masses over to her side. Regarding equal pay for women, there are already laws in place to prevent disparity between women and men's wages for performing the same job. SWhat Brown voted against was additional regulations for companies that was also tied to some unrelated pork barrel spending bill. But Warren feels the need to twist that to mean Brown voted against equal pay for women. She is one of the most dishonest candidates I've seen in years. I hope the MA voters see her for what she really is. A elitist liar who is willing to compromise what little integrity she has in order to achieve power.
Iron Mike September 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
To: R Gagnon: "protect a person's natural right to have an abortion" That's probably the most disgusting thing I've read all day! What about a person's NATURAL RIGHT not to be killed at the whim of their mother?
R Gagnon September 04, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Iron Mike, I, used the word "natural" right rather than "endowed by our Creator" because, many of the people who approve of abortion as a form of birth control do not believe in a "Creator". I think that most "God fearing" Americans do not approve of abortion as a form of birth control. Just as a cat has a "natural" right to kill a songbird and play with it until becoming bored and then leaving it to rot, some believe it is their "natural" right to kill an unborn baby for whatever reason and then submitting the bill to the tax payers disguised as birth control expenses. My opinion on the matter is quite in line with yours. I don't feel that the human race is done any favors in the eyes of my God by killing its young before they are born. I will not force my opinion on the matter on anybody but a major consideration for me when voting for a candidate is whether or not this candidate would use tax payer funds to pay for women's abortions regardless of the circumstances of conception. If carrying the baby to term is a real threat to the life of the mother, then the difficult decision might have to be made. But, the necessity to end the life of the baby in order to save the life of the mother is becoming more rare with advancements in the medial care for premature babies and prenatal care.
Mike September 04, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Iron Mike, Abortion is a traumatic event that many people are completely and legitimately opposed to for many valid reasons. ...which is why people who don't believe in abortion should choose not to have one. /discussion
Mike September 04, 2012 at 07:35 PM
The "taxpayer-funded abortions" argument has been an ongoing boogeyman used by the religious right for several years. You would have a more robust argument that didn't rely on carefully-crafted talking points if you were armed with the facts about the issue from reputable sources. As a starting point, try these: http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SFAM.pdf http://www.factcheck.org/2011/04/planned-parenthood/ Kudos, however, for understanding that forcing your opinion on someone doesn't advance the discussion of what's a serious matter...

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