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Published: Friday, May 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Women face so many difficulties and challenges its hard to know where to being one's remarks.

First, women must be able to control their own bodies, getting contraceptives through health insurance as a matter of right. A woman's right to control her own body takes precedence over any "religious" right of her employer to deny contraceptives. Abortion must remain safe and legal. Often an abortion is a women's only way out of an abusive relationship. Believe it! More safe houses must be made available to abused women.

In a marital relationship if one of the parents is designated as the primary children's caregiver, that person, female or male, must be guaranteed rights including health insurance, social security benefits and medicare benefits. They must be protected in their caregiving and made secure through a guaranteed annual income, as per economist James Tobin.

Mothers (and fathers if they are the main children's caregiver) should form cooperatives to provide child care, and they should be assisted in that by government, churches, and other organizations. There is much to be done to blunt the war on women.

clearfield, UT

There is definitely a war on women in this world, but not in the U.S. Here women have it better than any woman anywhere else in the world and by a big margin. They have as much opportunity as any men do, are more representated in college these days, and have the benefit of being considered a protected minority class in America. (Which by the way simply means they are not WASP males, who are the only unprotected group left). This war on women is nothing more than an political fiction invented by the Democrats to try to get uninformed or disgruntled women to vote for them. And they'd vote Democrat anyway since the Democrat Party is the party of the half empty glass. If any women in Ameica are upset about their current financial situation, then look no further than the last 6 years of the current administration. It ain't Bushs' fault no more.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

There is no "War" on women.

That doesn't mean everything is totally equal or fair... But just because something isn't "fair" doesn't mean there is a war on you.

Nothing in life is totally equal or fair. And just because something isn't fair doesn't mean there is a war against you.

Wages are gradually equalizing... we're making progress... that's not a "WAR" on women.

A few people don't want to be forced to violate their religious covenants... but even in those cases every woman can get contraception. They may have to pay for it, but it's an elective thing, and it's cheap... it's not the end of the world (or a war) if you had to pay for your own elective medications.

Everything's not fair... but it's not a war. Nobody hates women... especially around Mother's Day.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

you are TOO funny!

An employer not paying for contraceptives IN NO WAY prevents a woman from buying them on her own. Just because my employer does not buy my candy bars (or does not buy candy bar insurance) does not mean I cannot buy candy bars.

You say women don't have control over their bodies? Can they not say no?


The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

The right denying the war on women reminds me of when "I am not a crook" denied escalating the Vietnam War by invading Cambodia and Laos. Many here are probably too young to remember that. The right has a thing for not telling the truth in regards to war. Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, and now women.

When will it end?

American Fork, UT

The war on women is waged first and foremost by the clerics of the world.

Provo, UT

Lost in DC -- Seriously? Can't women just say no? Um, yeah. But I guess if you take blood pressure pills you could probably say no to that candy bar or bread or whatever, too, and lose a little weight, now couldn't you? It's great how the only medication that some employers refuse to pay for is one that only women take. And women are supposed to just shut up and pay for it themselves because....... Oh yeah, because some people think women should only have sex to reproduce. Otherwise they "get what's coming to them." Yeah, there's no war on women by Republicans. Not at all.

clearfield, UT


Congrats for the biggest non-sequitor of the day. War on women compared to Vietnam and Nixon? Really? Since you did bring up not telling the truth at the Presidential level though, let's talk about President Obama, since he is quickly becomming the New Nixon when it comes to a dishonest White House and administration. And give us some proof of this so called War on Women here in America. Let's hear the facts please. Everyone talks about it, but no one seems to have any evidence. And don't bother with that 73 cents to the dollar nonsense. That has been debunked every way you look at it.

Morgan, UT


Like clockwork, Leftists bring this non-issue up every election cycle.

To our Liberal/Progressive friends: Care to tell us why Obama's FEMALE White House Staff are paid 11.8 percent less than his male staff?

Obama has no problem issuing edicts and Executive Orders for private citizens to comply with his demands...why doesn't he fix this obvious income inequality with HIS OWN STAFF?

Progressive Democrats are the ultimate hypocrites. For thee, not for me!

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The truth is... the "War on Women" line was made up by Democrats. Democrats who knew it would take votes from Republicans and possibly redirect these votes to Democrats. That's the plain and simple truth. All the other stuff we are debating is just stuff they came up with to sell the line to women voters during the election.


I don't blame Democrats for using this tactic. It worked. That's their job (to get their votes)...


With how quickly Democrats dropped it after the election... I think it's obvious that's what it was about.

It's only coming up now because we are getting ready for another election again.

I mean it's not like the war ended when Obama was elected. Did all the issues go away?


There is no war. Unless it's a political war. And it comes and goes every time Democrats need Women's votes...


There's no "War on Women" in the same way there's no "War on Christmas/Christians/etc."

USS Enterprise, UT

Yes, there is a war on women, and the left is perpetuating it and keeping it going.

For example, in the White House the women are paid less than their male counterparts.

Another example is the attacks the left made on Ann Romney by saying that she hasn't ever worked. Raising kids is much more work than going outside the home for a job.

When Sara Palin was the VP nominee liberals said she should be home raising her kids.

Obama's deputy campaign manager said that women don't care much about politics.

Liberals are now beginning to say that extramarital affairs are ok.

Liberals have been found to declar that female conservatives should be raped.

Yes there is a war on women, and the Democrats are the ones fully engaged in that war.

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

The War on Women is a s phony as the War on Terror.

The correct terms for these Wars should be the War on Families and the War on Freedom.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT


sorry, I had a hard time making sense of what you said. please try to not mix your metaphores.

For all you said, I still could not see how the employer was preventing the woman from buying her own contraceptives. Sorry, it just is not there. Why? Because it CANNOT be there! NOTHING is preventing her from buying her own. NOTHING!

The employer not buying the contraceptives is not requiring the woman to have sex only to reproduce as you seem to infer. Where do you get THAT idea? By your comment, you infer there is recreational intimate activities. I agree. Do I demand my employer PAY for my recreational intimate activities? NO. Should I? no. because he does not pay for them, does not mean I cannot engage in them, but I get to pay the cost. Yep, same for viagra, should NOT be required coverage.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Oh boy, the same posters write in and complain about Benghazi (which has proven to be yet another sad attempt by the GOP's smear media while disrespecting the fallen) and the IRS (while omitting the fact that more liberal groups than conservative ones were targeted). Yes, and then they have to bring up 2008. You can tell the Obama win still hurts because every day someone from the right has to bring up Palin. She's great for comedy repubs. Not so great if your goal is to actually win an election.

The war on women is clearly being waged by the right. Just look at how few women trust the GOP! 2016 is going to be a democrat landslide win if the GOP doesn't repent.

Salt Lake City, UT

RE: Lost in DC Well, you're not funny at all. "You say women don't have control over their bodies? Can they not say no?"

It may astonish you, Lost, but sometimes women can't say no to their partners. If their husbands want sex, often they can't say NO. Often when their boyfriends want it they can't say NO. Often when women try to say NO they get attacked physically. It's epidemic. And you know nothing about this? I know what I'm talking about from direct experience.

And yes, there is a war on women being fought by the religious right, and right here in Utah. Women are to obey their husbands. There is a movement to eliminate contraception period. And there is a movement to make abortions under any circumstances illegal. War on women? You bet and how!

Salt Lake City, UT

And BTW, some of you talk about contraceptives as if they are as cheap as bubble gum. A woman paying out of pocket for contraceptives is upwards of $35,000 over her reproductive life. A lot of women CANNOT afford this. Since so much sex is forced on women, the contraceptives are the only way they can prevent pregnancy should they feel they need.

But then, it is a woman's duty to get pregnant from sex, right Lost?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The "truth" about the "war on women" is... it's a political creation. Constructed to benefit a political party and it's candidates. Just like the Bangazi bruhaha...

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Your pretense that Utah women in general are oppressed and under attack.. is a myth.

Most men know they must obey their wife here in Utah (IF they know what's good for them) not the other way around.

I'm sure there are few abusive situations. But no more in Utah than anywhere else in America.

This anti-Mormon stereotype is often told and well accepted by your type, but it's not valid in my family or many of the LDS families I know (in Utah or outside Utah).


@ Marxist,

Um, look it up:
Typical costs:

For patients not covered by health insurance, birth control pills typically cost $20 to $50 a month.
For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of a prescription drug copay. Most insurance plans offer the lowest copays on generic medication -- usually $5 to $15 -- and higher copays of $30 to $40 for non-preferred brands.

That's significantly different than $35,000!!!

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