Patch's Poll: Are Women's Reproductive Rights Under Attack?

A new national poll says 1/3 of women think there is a broad effort to limit their access to reproductive services. Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released today says "one-third of American women believe there is a broad effort under way to limit their access to reproductive services including contraception, family planning and abortion," Reuters is reporting.

"But a larger number of women -- 45 percent -- believe the effort against reproductive rights is limited to some groups but is not wide-scale, the data showed."

What do you think? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Laura Norman June 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
How anyone who is really paying attention can think there is not a war on women's rights is beyond me. Keeping women with less rights and lower pay rates is just one more way the rich are working to keep themselves richer and the rest of us poor.
John Yannacci, Sr. June 02, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Please explain yourself MsMoneypenny. In what way are they under attack? The only thing the right wants is for you to pay for your own birth control. What's so terrible about that?
John Yannacci, Sr. June 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Please Elizabeth, every penny given to Planned Parenthood goes to support abortion. If you can't be truthful, please be quiet.
John Yannacci, Sr. June 02, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Laura Norman, Then why are liberal women opposed to stopping abortions for gender reasons? Why are they opposed to partial birth abortions? Why are they opposed to saving the lives of babies who were born due to botched abortions? None of these are life threatening.
John Yannacci, Sr. June 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Personally Katha, I think they should burn in hell.
Carol D. Fox June 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Clemon: It's a hell of a lot to cheaper to pay for a termination of pregnancy than to add another mouth to feed on welfare. Furthermore, what happens if a women is sexually assaulted and gets pregnant? As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, there are a great many women who have no insurance and PP will see you on a sliding scale basis. PP is also used for gynecological examinations, breast exams, blood work, etc. Planned Parenthood is not just for birth control pills and terminations.
LiveForFreedom June 02, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I do not beleive this. It may exist in some very small business where the female employees do not want to complian. I worked for several companies, some small and some large. If there is a company is the United States that is paying two separate rates or payscales for the same work for men and women, the lawyers would have a million dollar field day. If there is a company is the United States that is keeping women back with less rights for the same work for men and women, the lawyers would have a million dollar field day. Show me evidence of a proven conspiracy to have separate pay rates for the same work.
John Martin June 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM
It is a sad - or deluded - person who boasts about having no regrets. This means you are perfect, sociopathic, or too narcissistic to be cognizant of your actions and their effects on others. The first is impossible, the second is hopefully not the case - and if you are a liberal, the third option is all too likely. Narcissism is the trademark of the Left.
Kendall Svengalis June 03, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Laura: You are paying attention to the wrong media sources and are drinking the Kool-Aid. Abortion is an intractable problem representin to two conflicting . Neither side in the debate will yield. But to call it a "war on women" is absurd and just serves the Obama re-election campaign's playbook, which you have bought hook-line- and-sinker. According to the latest polls, most Americans oppose abortion and come down on the side of imposing some restrictions, including no federal funding, parental notification, and no late term or partial birth abortions. We're going to end up with a stalemate in which abortions will continue to be tolerated, but with these restrictions. The unfortunate thing about the pro-abortion crowd is how they casually dismiss the rights of the unborn child which is being sacrificed to the women's "right to choose." Or they express the the scientifically unfounded view that "at the point of an abortion the "baby" is nothing more than cells that are not fully formed. You aren't killing a person." I understand that believeing that the fetus is some amorphous and undifferentiated mass of cells is necessary to assuage the conscience, or lack thereof, of the pro-abortion proponent. But at 24 months, a fetus has all the basic characteristics of the more fully formed human being it will soon be, including the ability to feel pain. Not to recognize this flies in the face of reality. Honesty requires that we be cognizant of all these realities.
Kendall Svengalis June 03, 2012 at 01:26 AM
There is no conspiracy. The differential between men and women with the same background and credentials is virtually non-existent. That doesn't mean there is no pay gap, only that it is not the result of overt sexual discrimination. Most of the gap is a product of fewer years in the workplace due to time spent child-rearing. This does have the effect of limiting the number of women who rise to the highest ranks in management vis-a-vis their male counterparts. But it would be wrong to characterize that as discrimination. The statement that "Keeping women with less rights and lower pay rates is just one more way the rich are working to keep themselves richer and the rest of us poor" is just absurd and devoid of substance. Yet, it is on the basis of such absurdities that some posit a "war on women." Mostly, the war is against reason and evidence and that serves neither women nor men. Christina Hoff Somers wrote an excellent book which addresses these issues called "Who Stole Feminism." It's an excellent read for any young woman or daughter you want to grow up to be strong, independent, and free of the victimization racket perpetuated by the left.
wtfdrez June 03, 2012 at 03:53 AM
The only stimulating and job creation going on is by the rich. Why do liberals hate rich people? Laura where do you work? the last time I checked it was illegal for men to make more than women, Your liberal fantasy must be so groovy!! Hey, Gillian anytime you wanna leave the good old USA I will be more than happy to drive your communist *** to the airport.
wtfdrez June 03, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Elizabeth~ honestly you sound like a stuck up snob, and I hope for your sake that one day that your "cluster of cells" doesn't die, because you will be destroyed, ask any woman that has had a miscarriage, The second you find out that you are pregnant you have a baby inside of you. Grow up!!
John Yannacci, Sr. June 03, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Give me the name of one company or any other entity that pays women at a lower rate than men get.
Carol D. Fox June 03, 2012 at 01:37 PM
@John Yanancci: To name two entities that have paid men more and have been sued is the Salvation Army and WalMart. What about the NBA and the WNBA. There is a huge disparity. Class action lawsuits have been brought against the Salvation Army and WalMart in past years. If you google this matter, you will find that women pay more a billion dollars more in medical insurance than men, So, John, you need to take your head out of the sand. And by the way John, if you had a young daughter who was sexually assaulted and became pregnant, would you force her to have that child. Before you answer, think about it.
Kendall Svengalis June 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Carol, Suing and winning in court are two entirely different things. There are more ambulance chasing lawyers out there who will bring all sorts of frivilous lawsuits if they think they can make a buck. Most of those lawsuits are filed to induce settlements from well-heeled "defendants," who wish to avoid litigation. We have a plague of tort excess in this country (including class action lawsuits), much of it baseless, and much of it emanating from plaintiff-friendly venues. I have several female cousins who work at Wal-Mart and find it to be an excellent company that values and rewards its female employees. Both have moved from cashier positions into management. There are always going to be some disgruntled employees in any large operation who think they can cash in by bringing a lawsuit. That doesn't mean they have a justifiable claim. You are always going to have those who are whiners raher than doers. I raised my daughter to be a doer, not a whiner, like many in the radical feminist camp. I gave her "Who Stole Feminism" to read when she was in high school. Now, she easily sees through all the mindless feminist victimization nonsense that might have hindered her professional progress. That victimization mentality also infects those who view their bodies as all important and the nascent life as expendable to the degree that they have to demean its significance to rationlize abortions, the vast majority of which do not involve rape or incest.
John Martin June 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I rather think you can make a point without the ad hominem attack. There is no need to personalize the debate, Carol; it is a cheap debater's trick. Insurance premiums? Blame the states. Insurance companies gender and age gap because they can. Frankly, women health care costs do tend higher, as do older people. Several states have regulated this and more are in the process of doing so as I write this. If the federal government would allow health insurance the same portabilty as other types of insurance (and limit tort reform), you would find that competition would lower prices for everyone. But those liberal lawmakers just love to keep their trial lawyer friends happy, so you will never see tort reform. If competition were allowed for health insurance, federal and local agencies would be less important, which is why state and federal governments don't allow this - they like having lots of people beholden to the government and government benefits. As to the NBA and WNBA - really? The NBA is pulling down about a 7% profit; that's a lot of money. They fill the stadium, even with ridiculously priced tickets. The WNBA is losing money, rarely fills a stadium, and is perennially on life support. When fans are willing to show up in number and pay the ticket prices AND buy the balls, jerseys, and such I wager women players will be able to demand - and get - more. Read this about income disparity http://www.measuringusability.com/ux-gender.php
Skeptic June 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Well, Katha, the truth is that the Catholic Church proscribes the use of artificial contraception for its own members but does not publicly advocate for any ban on any contraceptive that does not induce abortion.
LiveForFreedom June 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
@Carol, thanks for keeping this dialogue open. As far as the WNBA and the NBA I believe wages are driven by the television, network and cable contracts, ticket sales and demand. This is not discrimination. As far as Walmart class action lawsuit I will agree with you that the lawyers found some discrimination with Walmart management. But I ask if you consider the Walmart case a Republican Party conspiracy? The three richest nillionaires in America are Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Larry Ellison and they are Democrats. So to say that this is a republican corporate conspiracy is unfair.
Jim June 04, 2012 at 01:07 AM
The affordable care act will bankrupt this country
Paul June 04, 2012 at 01:20 AM
@yannacci..Perhaps you should engage brain before typing..what an IGNORANT statement
Howard Smith June 06, 2012 at 05:53 AM
MsMoneypenny I couldn't agree more, there is an all out war on women, it is so bad that they are attacking female children in the womb, can you believe it. What else can you call it but war when the child isn't even safe in her mothers womb. There is also a war on conservative women and their daughters, does the name Palin ring your bell? How about Bachmann? Oh by the way where can that reproductive right be found in the founding documents you know those quaint documents, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and what is a reproductive right anyway? Did somebody get asked to stop screwing around? That's mean and possibly bullying
Katie King June 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM
So someone won't pay for your contraception/sterilization/abortion--so what?? That doesn't limit anyone's ability to get one. No one is paying for my mortgage/car/utilities--does that limit my ability to live in my house, drive around and have water and electricity?
Thomas Cornick June 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
To avoid making the hard decisions of government and to keep the masses divided politicians focus upon the crotch- abortion, gay rights / marriage, and contraception. They only cry foul if someone questions where their crotch has been.
Rick McDonald June 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The war is not on Women's reproductive rights it is on others belief that tax dollars should pay for their abortions and contraceptives. Planned parenthood pays for the Day after pill and abortions, they claim no tax dollars are used for this but cannot prove such.
George Hedrick June 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but don't bc pills cost about 9 bucks a month?
Elizabeth June 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Certain pills you can get for less per month at walmart or target, but others cost much more. Mine is a generic and costs $60.99/month. There are many different formulas and it often takes some trial and error to find one that works well for you without having tons of side effects.
John Martin June 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM
People were not burned at the stake over heliocentrism. I think someone is indulging in a wee bit of hyperbole. Actually, most - if not all - recorded instances of inquisitorial torture and murder lay at the feet of secular authorities. Many monarchs usurped the Office of the Inquisition to settle personal grudges and lay the groundwork for that short but violent era of absolute monarchies that sprouted up throughout Europe for a time. It's just a lot more fun to blame the Catholic Church.
Thomas Cornick June 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Eppur si muove.
John Martin June 12, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I've explained before - perhaps in this very thread - the problems Galileo faced. And his trial was quite civil, he was not tortured, he was not cast in a dungeon, he was provided materials for further research and full and unfettered access to students, colleagues, and family members. For some reason, decades of poorly educated - and successfully indoctrinated - teachers have spread such idiocy for decades. No one believed the world was flat. Galileo was in trouble for publishing findings without sufficient evidence clearly proving his thesis. By the way, most contemporaries of Galileo make no mention of him uttering this quote. The first instance this phrase is cited comes in 1757 in a work called Italian Library. I don't know if I trust Baretti's thesis, especially seeing how he was catering to a rabidly Anti-Catholic English audience.
John Martin June 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
We also have the 'Establishment Clause' - not a 'separation' clause, Colleen. Jefferson coined this term in an attempt to win potential supporters in a state hostile to his political faction in an 1802 letter. In 1879, justices of the Supreme used this passage from Jefferson's letter, according it status it never possessed. Most people are unaware that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were largely the work of James Madison, and not Jefferson. In fact, Jefferson wasn't even a delegate. In 1947, Justice Hugo Black wrote "In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state." For some reason, Black's opinion has been trotted out as some sort of bedrock Constitutional statement. And it is not. All the establishment clause states is that the government may not create, endorse, or establish any denomination as an official church or arm of the state. That's it - a clear, unambigious statement that was written to prevent something like the state-run Anglican Church, the official religion of the United State's former master, Great Britain. The First Amendment DOES specifically articulate the freedom of people to practice and exercise their religious beliefs without hindrance from the state.


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