Barack Obama — March 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

Women understand what’s at stake in 2012


Imagine the media freakout if Romney led the President by 12%

Here’s something you may not have heard:

In the Pew Research Center’s most recent national survey, conducted March 7-11, Obama led Mitt Romney by 20 points (58% to 38%) among women voters. It marked the second consecutive month that Obama held such a wide advantage over Romney among women (59% to 38% in February). In both February and March, Obama ran about even with Romney among men.

The President leads Mitt Romney in the last Pew Research poll by 12%. And this entirely attributable to this President’s advantage with women.

Here’s what isn’t working: Republicans attacks on women’s rights. While men are torn on the question whether reproductive health care is health care, women aren’t.

Some women know what Sandra Fluke went through to speak her mind. Some women know about the GOP’s barrage of laws that force women to carry out pregnancies. Some women know that these restrictions on choice are coupled with huge cuts to programs that would help poor young mothers.

The big news is women are paying attention to the issue the defines the the most obvious differences between the two major parties: choice. Thus the GOP is drastically losing support from women.

Thanks to an Obama campaign getting in gear, we’re reminded that all along this President has spoken out on the attacks on Planned Parenthood. He refused to cut a dime of funding for preventive health care to the organization. And he recognizes the INSANITY of telling a woman to ask her boss for birth control.

And here’s feminist icon Gloria Steinem on why this election is a turning point for women.

Honestly, I don’t think most women have any idea how much the President has done to push forward women’s health and how invidiously the GOP has trolled to roll it back. Women have a powerful opportunity to make a statement in this election:

The era of playing politics with women’s health is over.