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October 18th, 2012
10:14 PM ET

KTH: Attack ads tackle abortion and contraception

Keeping Them Honest, Anderson Cooper shows how both Mitt Romney and President Obama created misleading ads about contraception and abortion.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    Let's keep everyone honest in this discussion. Pro life means your are against abortion usually for religious beliefs. Pro choice means you think it's up to the individual. If the individual does not believe in abortion, no one tries to force abortion on them. If the individual does believe in abortion, no one should try force them not to have an abortion either. Pro life voters won't rest until they force their religious beliefs on others that's what this is about. Ironic when the conservatives proclaim to protect individual constitutionally guaranteed rights like owning a gun but a woman doesn't yet own her own body? I'm pro choice because choice is the joy of living in a free country.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  2. Sdavies

    I was amused watching the discussion regarding Contraception tonight. If a woman is having an active sexual life, then she should take full responsibility for her choice to do so, and the consequences of her choices should be her individual burden. Not the burden of the tax payers. She has a right to choose her activities, but not the right to impose the cost of her choices on others. By the way 39 percent of women thinking abortion is the most important issue during this election means that the other 61 percent think differently about what is most important for our country to focus on during this election. Goes to show you that women are wiser and smarter than the democrats want you to think they are! Go strong women of America who take responsibility for their choices, and do not expect their fellow Americans to pay for the consequences of their choices.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:43 am |
  3. Pat

    Isn't the issue of reproductive rights directly related to a woman's ability to function in the workplace, and doesn't that make it perfectly logical that this should be a threshold issue for women?

    October 19, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  4. Joan

    39% Women saying Abortion is the most important issue. They should run the poll to see who is for it and who against. Some women are only for it up to the first 3 months. Obama has voted to keep Partial birth abortion up to 8 months or more. The doctor pulls the baby out by the legs , but keeps the head in the woman's body. He then inserts a sharp insturment into the back of the baby's head and uses a machine to suck out the brains. When the baby's head is deflated the baby is pulled out of the mother's womb completely. Thankfully most of our representatives have voted against this horrific act. I think most women would be against it also, when they realized what it was. People do change their minds about abortion when they think it through and decide it is wrong and destroying life.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  5. Darla Delaney

    Yes, Anderson, thanks for the opportunity to respond to the subject of "birth control" financing. No legislation will stop anyone from receiving birth control prescriptions, aids and devices - simply because the owners of private companies (who have convictions against birth control and/or are merely against paying for it) are not forced to provide such.

    If someone wants contraception - it will most likely be funded by the private sector, in favor of making donations to clinics dealing with women's health issues. Case in point; many clinics already provide birth control, STD testing, medications, treatments as well as mammograms - for those who are unemployed or financially "unable" to afford such luxuries. Planned Parenthood is just once example of such - that received private and government funding.

    I've often wondered why many of the erectile dysfunction pharmaceuticals/prescriptions are "paid for" by insurance companies - especially those companies which do not provide "coverage" for women's various means of contraception.

    Hey, I've got an idea...why don't we pass legislation that prohibits "forced insurance coverage" for Viagra and all the other prescriptions for similar meds. With fewer men "able" to perform "sexually" - fewer women might get pregnant. Then wallah...No need for woman's contraception funding and no need for as many abortions.

    I say - let's be consistent. If we pay for males to receive erectile dysfunction prescriptions - then it follows that we (our government) should pay for women's contraceptives and abortions too.

    If we force employers to pay for the insurance coverage of Viagra, etc., then employers should cover the contraception for their female employees - or give the guys the Viagra and the contraceptives for their "significant others...or visa versa.

    What's good for the gander should also apply to the goose.

    Thanks,
    Darla from Virginia

    October 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  6. Howard

    As an addittional note if the availablity of contraception through employer sponsored health insurance becomes a deniable coverage item because of the employer's choice then the cost burden for these items will move onto the insured and it would become a in effect a sex tax.So does this mean that Romney administration would be directly or indirectly responsible for a tax increase. Another side effect of this denial of coverage would be the increased potential for many more unwanted pregnancies and in a Romney future the women who do not want to carry to term would have no choice but to once again seek out back-room abortions.Is this the America of the futiure that we really want?

    October 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  7. Carol

    Anderson, I suspect most women are not such simple creatures that they only consider one issue when voting. We are capable of evaluating many issues before deciding how we will vote.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  8. Laurie

    I want to know who is trying to sway the women in this country!
    It has to be a man.
    Because poor women in this country want jobs.
    Maybe the polls are not targeting the majority of women.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  9. Theresa

    I found it interesting Bay Buchanan accepted the Gallup poll that showed Romney closing the gap with women voters, yet not the the Gallup poll that said abortion was the number one issue with women.
    I believe that's what is called" having your cake and eating it, too."

    October 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Nisheka

    Yes, government should fund contraception because of middle class and poor ppl do not have the money. We barely have money for bill, food, and clothes. Mitt Romney dont understand because have alot of money to do what ever he wants

    October 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm |