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The New Security Moms

By Tony Perkins

The media are scratching their heads that the wheels have come off of the “war on women” mantra. A CNN analysis suggests the changing “dynamic reflects the painstaking efforts among Republicans to avoid the mistakes of 2012.” But there is a much bigger dynamic here. The Middle East is in turmoil, West Africa is battling a growing plague that threatens to go global, the border is in crisis, the economy continues to struggle and yet Democratic leaders think the future of the world hinges on contraceptives? All of this is happening while America sinks under the weight of the Left’s failed policies. Can Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and company possibly be any more insulting to the female voters they claim to speak for? If liberals are such devoted feminists, why do they insist on reducing women voters to the sum of their reproductive organs? It’s an offensive — and now failing — strategy for the party desperate to keep its grip on the Senate. The “war on women” obsession may have opened the wallets of hard-line Democratic donors, but those soccer moms the liberals thought they were scaring with their phony war have become security moms fearful of the nation’s future because of the failed policies of the Left.

While legislatures across the country raise health standards for abortion clinics, we have seen Democratic senators like Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) seek to sweep away even commonsense measures that have broad bipartisan support including waiting periods, parental involvement laws, and basic health standards. The real war on women is one driven by the profit-driven abortion industry which can’t even be bothered to clean rusty equipment, bloody operating tables, appropriately sedate patients, or monitor mutilated women. As the debate over the HHS mandate unfolded in the courts, we have seen even a majority of women opposing the mandate.

Republicans have no reason to abandon the party’s core principles due to the phony “war on women” mantra. Rather, true conservatives should point to the real wars that the failed policies of this administration have given rise to, which threaten our faith, our families, and nation’s very future.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)


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