It’s a phony campaign born of a conspiracy motivated by greed for money – in the case of contraceptive manufacturers, abortion providers and the “women’s rights” industry – and lust for political power – in the case of some politicians.
If the results of the mid-term election are any indication, the electorate may finally be waking up to how War on Women is a stale bread-and-circuses distraction to keep voters’ focus off issues that put some politicians in a bad light: our dysfunctional federal government, struggling economy, low wages, the explosion in welfare costs to help those who’ve given up looking for work, the nation’s financial and moral bankruptcy, crony capitalism, the immigration crisis, Islamic terrorism, Russian and Chinese aggression, a nuclear Iran and so many other issues of paramount importance.
One may be guilty of Schadenfreude over the defeat of Sandra Fluke in her attempt to win a seat in the California Senate. She is known only for testifying before Congress in favor of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate because she deemed it warfare on women that a student at Georgetown University Law Center (tuition $50,890/year) would be forced to pay $6/month to buy birth control at WalMart.
And the historic trouncing (by over 1 million votes!) of the Democrats’ rising star from Texas, Wendy Davis, who rose to prominence by her catheter-assisted filibuster in support of late-term post-viability abortions – the “self-made” feminist heroine whose autobiography could not withstand scrutiny – one might feel pleased by her defeat, but any satisfaction is tempered by the sobering thought that she has to live with herself.
Then we have the historic elections of Senator-elect Tim Scott, a pro-life African American Republican from South Carolina, Representative-elect Mia Love, a pro-life African American Republican from Utah, and Representative-elect Will Hurd, a pro-life African American Republican from Texas. Hooray for their constituents! Perhaps they will be able to slow the extermination of African Americans at Planned Parenthood clinics conveniently situated in poor urban neighborhoods.
Among pro-life candidates supported by the Susan B. Anthony List and the Women Speak Out PAC, there were many other successes:
Thom Tillis (R-NC) will take the Senate seat of pro-choice Kay Hagan
Tom Cotton (R-AR) unseated pro-choice Senator Mark Pryor
Joni Ernst (R-IA) beat her opponent for the Senate seat vacated by pro-choice Sen. Tom Harkin
Pat Roberts (R-KS) retained his seat in a victory over a well-funded pro-choice challenger
Cory Gardner (R-CO) defeated pro-choice Sen. Udall in a Senate race in which Udall talked about little else than the supposed War on Women
Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is expected to win the December run-off against pro-choice Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Mike Rounds (R-SD) beat pro-choice Rich Weiland for a seat in the U.S. Senate
And pro-life gubernatorial candidates supported by the Susan B. Anthony List won nine of ten races.
There will be, come November, a pro-life majority in the United States Senate. This victory will be meaningful not only in terms of legislation, but critically, in terms of judicial appointments.
War on Women was a losing strategy that helped propel pro-life candidates into office. On second thought, go ahead keep it up in 2016.
Susan E. Willsis spirituality editor of Aleteia’s English language edition.