In the all-important state of Ohio, Ann Romney spoke at a “Women for Mitt” rally. An estimated 700 women gathered to hear her speak. They all appeared to have the necessary female organs to qualify as “women.” It seems that many women have yet to realize the lesson of Sarah Palin, which is that simply having ovaries doesn’t mean that you are necessarily a female advocate. Likewise, having testicles, doesn’t mean you are anti-women. When Ann Romney told women to “Wake Up” she was right. The seven hundred women at the rally need to understand that Ann Romney, and her husband, don’t represent the interest of women.
“Women, you need to wake up,”
“Women have to ask themselves who is going to… be there for you. I can promise you, I know that Mitt will be there for you, he will stand up for you, he will hear your voices, he knows how to fix an economy, he’s a can do kind of guy, he’s a turnaround guy.”
Initially it is clear that Ann Romney is the wrong person to talk to other women about economic issues. She has never worked a day outside the home. Moreover, Mitt has said that he looks to Ann to tell him what women really care about regarding economic issues. Because Ann has never collected a pay check, paid taxes on her income, or had withholding taken from her wages, it is hard to believe that Ann is sympathetic to the average working women. When Ann talks about “you people” she displays her arrogance.
Ann is aloof and seems to look down on the average American woman. By telling women to “wake up” she suggests that we are not paying attention, and she is. Moreover she said in her speech:
““We heard about how many women are struggling in this economy right now, …”
The “we” must be Ann and Mitt. By saying that they’ve “heard about” it is clear that they have not only failed to experience the impact of the economic hardship of many women, but they have failed to gain first-hand accounts from women who were struggling. Thus even on economic issues, Ann and Mitt have not offered any specific hope or plan to help these average women, other than to raise their taxes.
Yet, economic issues relate and affect men and women. The issues that are unique to women are abortion, lesbian marriage, and birth control. Ann was interviewed by a reporter in Ohio about those specific issues that were not mentioned in her speech in Ohio. With a condescending, and arrogant tone, Ann refused to answer questions about those issues. Maybe she hasn’t “heard” about these issues because she hasn’t talked to women about these issues, or perhaps she hasn’t been briefed on these issues by a man who works for her husband. If she had she’d know that her husband has indicated that he would “absolutely” support of the personhood law, which would prohibit use of birth control pills.
He has also counseled, and tried to intimidate, a woman from having a life saving abortion who was pregnant with her fifth child and developed life-threatening blood clots. Here are the specifics:
“…So then Mitt came in to the hospital (after the Mormon church leader of higher authority than Mitt had given permission for the abortion to save the mother’s life), “X” (the pregnant woman) thought Mitt had come to be comforting because that’s what bishops do. They have a pastoral role. But she said that instead he was critical.
He said – What do you think you’re doing?
She said – Well, we have to abort the baby because I have these blood clots.
And he said something to the effect of – Well, why do you get off easy when other women have their babies?
And she said – What are you talking about? This is a life threatening situation.
And he said – Well what about the life of the baby?
And she said – I have four other children and I think it would be really irresponsible to continue the pregnancy.
X said she found herself arguing with Romney about her medical crisis, said he was very unsympathetic, very critical, and said that under the circumstances in no way did he condone her aborting the child. And he left.”
So to women of child bearing age, “wake up”. Mitt Romney doesn’t support abortion even when the mother’s life is at risk, and Ann won’t talk about anything but the economy. The message is clear. They know they need the women’s vote but are unwilling to even talk about issues unique to women.
We have proof that Ann Romney has ovaries; she has five children. Her unwillingness to even talk about birth control issues should be all the proof women need that neither Ann nor Mitt think women have a right to do anything except vote for Mitt.