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Monday, April 16, 2012

Romney can’t deflect GOP war on women

Letter to the Editor

It took quite a bit of chutzpah for Mitt Romney to declare on April 11 that “the real war on women is being waged by the president’s failed economic policies.”

To support his argument, he cited some specious statistics that on closer analysis proved “mostly false,” according to the nonpartisan organization PolitiFact.

Romney aspires to be the presidential candidate of a party that has engaged in a war on women for ideological reasons for months, if not years.

For evidence, we have to look no further than our own New Hampshire House of Representatives. In the current legislative session, the Republican majority has passed the following bills aimed at women’s rights and health care:

n A bill that would exempt any employer with religious objections from offering insurance coverage for contraceptives (HB 1546). The cost of birth control pills can run as high as $900 a year, not a negligible sum for someone on a low or moderate income.

n A bill that would ban Planned Parenthood from operating in New Hampshire (HB 228). Planned Parenthood provides a number of services for women related to contraception and accompanying health care.

Before accusing President Barack Obama of waging a war on women, Romney should reconsider his stated intention to “get rid of Planned Parenthood” and face up to what his party is actually doing or has already done to women’s rights.

Jens Rieckmann

Amherst