The War on Women 2.0: Do They Think We’re Stupid?

Many state legislatures are packing up for the summer, ending a year of full throttle attacks by extremist politicians on our reproductive health decisions.  Reflecting on the last six months, I am left with one big question: Do they think we’re stupid?

Granted, politicians trying to get into our personal business is not news. Last year’s War on Women comes to mind. Who could forget the debates over so-called “legitimate” rape or the efforts to mandate invasive transvaginal ultrasounds? Well, the assault never stopped. 2013 saw the War on Women 2.0. New tactics, but the same goal – keep interfering with our most personal, private decisions by making it ever more difficult to obtain an abortion, all while claiming they’re only acting in our best interest.

Did they think we are too stupid to understand what they are trying to do?

When Texas pushed a bill that may have sounded innocuous – to regulate clinics – did they think we were too stupid to figure out that it would shut down virtually all clinics in the state?  Did they think we are too stupid to see it for what it is – a back door ban on abortion?  Did they really think we are so stupid as to think they were acting to protect our health, even as the major medical groups opposed the measure?  Did they think we are too stupid to register our outcry?

When Wisconsin lawmakers mandated that doctors perform ultrasounds and describe them to us, did they think we are too stupid to know what a pregnancy is?

When North Dakota banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a time when many women first learn they are pregnant, did they think we were too stupid to realize that this law would ban most abortions in that state?

When Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli bullied the Virginia Board of Health to approve medically unnecessary regulations that require clinics to reconfigure their parking lots, for example, did they think we were stupid enough to think that a bigger parking lot would really save women’s lives?

When South Dakota extended the time a woman must wait between when she sees a doctor about an abortion and the time she is allowed to get the procedure, did they think we were too stupid to know when we are firm in our decisions? To know that our yes means, in fact, yes?

And when Kansas passed a law forcing doctors to provide discredited information about a medically suspect link between breast cancer and abortion, did they think we were too stupid to know they are asking doctors to mislead us?

When more than 40 restrictions on abortion passed in the states this year, with many threatening to close clinics, did they think we are too stupid to see this is part of national campaign to end legal abortion?

When they try to ban abortions, do they think we are too stupid to know what they are saying about women?  That the only right thing is for us to stay pregnant?  Or that we shouldn’t be having sex?

Well, I’m not stupid, American women aren’t stupid, and the men with whom many of us share our lives aren’t stupid. We know that we are the ones who should be making decisions about whether to have a family. We know that’s not a decision for politicians. We know we should be trusted to know whether we are ready to have a child.  We know we should be trusted to make decisions about our lives.

We get the big picture, even if we don’t all know all the details of the more than 300 abortion restrictions lawmakers introduced during this year’s legislative sessions – some of the most restrictive and extreme we’ve seen in years. We get the picture even if don’t know all the details of the restrictions that passed in 2012 or in 2011 or the years before.   We know this is a nationwide incremental strategy -- with this year’s restrictions layered on top of those from last year, the year before and on and on.  We know they add up to a story of fewer clinics, of more obstacles for women, and of us being told that we are too stupid to make our own decisions. We know the purpose -- to make the wall of restrictions on abortion so high many of us won’t be able to climb over.  It is time for extremist politicians to withdraw their troops from the War on Women. We are not stupid, we are paying attention, and, like Wendy Davis, we will stand up for our rights.

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This does not seem like "lawmakers think women are stupid." Lawmakers and politicians assume everybody is stupid. These laws relate to women. I don't think that there is anything else going on here.


Why cry over something that is saving lives of those who have no choice in whether or not they want to live. It is your choice to KILL someone who can't speak there thought. Abortion is the same as murder. You are KILLING a human being. If you don't want a family yet then there are other choices... Called adoption. Someone other women have birth to you. They could've had an abortion and you wouldn't be here to fight for it. You could've been killed but that women said no, said she wanted this human being to have a life and decide themselves whether or not they want to live. So keep fighting for something that is wrong is many ways. Something that is murder, which other people in this world are being convicted of. Keep fighting to have someone not get a chance to become the president, become a police officer, a firefighter, a father or mother, a brother or sister, a grandparent, and a friend.


In response to the one claiming we wouldn't be here if our parents chose to abort us.....
WE WOULDN'T KNOW AND THEREFORE WOULDN'T CARE! People who bring up this argument live by the fairy tale notion that a fetus actually DOES have thoughts and memories...which it doesn't. Also, you only talk about people having the chance to become good things. What about the people who become the bad things? Murderers, rapists, etc. Unfortunately, these outcomes are more common for the disenfranchised who are not supported by society (i.e.- MANY foster children).

In response to abortion in general....
A fetus by all definitions is a PARASITE. It feeds off the host and cannot live without it. Many choose to have children and encourage the parasite to grow until it can support itself. That is how the species as a whole survives, but humans are overpopulating the planet. Poverty is rampant. Keeping tons of fetuses from becoming children can help solve many of the world's issues since there would be more resources to go around. It can also help many already living adults make more of themselves rather than having a child before they are financially stable on their own, putting themselves in an endless cycle of poverty for both the parent and child.

In response to adoption being an option.....
Clearly, this person doesn't know anything about the foster system. There are so many children being given up for adoption but so few people actually adopting. Millions are put into foster care where they are frequently ignored, abused, and cut off from valuable resources to make something of themselves. Almost all children given up for adoption where a potential parent or family has not been found before birth or while the child is an infant is tossed into foster care until they turn 18 or run away. Isn't it better to just kill a parasite before it suffers in life as "the unwanted foster kid?"


#2 Don't worry, we will.


They don't think women are stupid, mostly. They just think women are HELPLESS.


Adoption is an option. Yet for so many children, they are stuck waiting to be adopted while more babies are born and given up on a daily basis. Fetuses do not have the ability to think for themselves, and cannot make decisions at all. A parent always makes the final choice for their child, until the child is old enough to make one for oneself. Abortion is not an option I would personally ever go with, but to tell another women she has no choice but to go through the 9 months of brutal pregnancy and countless hours of giving birth if she becomes pregnant is none of my business. What about the women that are impregnated via rape? Where was there choice in that situation? They didn't have one. What about the young teenage girl that lost her virginity to her boyfriend just so he would stay with her? She was still a child, and by no means ready to have one of her own.


Isn't Obamacare pretty much the government getting involved with health care. The whole "war on women" coined phrase is politically charged against conservatives.

I have an idea, how about if you were really concerned about the government in healthcare we kick them out of it. They should let the free market manage it, control lawsuits, help things become more affordable.

the largest health care items run by free market not covered by healthcare but surprisingly inexpensive. Lasik eye surgery, boob jobs, etc. Because a supply and demand exists.

I came to sign up for the ACLU and contribute to protecting my freedoms. This article just made me click back off it, what a joke. Red Vs Blue, democraps vs Republitards, they aren't here to help.

keep them away from my liberties as much as possible.


Political issues aside, this article would be great in a marketing/psychology class. The repetition of "do they think you are stupid?" elicits an unspoken "NO!" from the reader which then automatically polarizes the reader onto the authors side. Seriously, psych lit annoys me even if I agree with the underlying opinion .


No, we don't think you are stupid, we think you are murdering children that you created through your own actions. Innocent babies are dying at the hands of irresponsible women who believe that murder is their right. And health care is NOT abortion. No woman ever died from not having an abortion and you are idiotic if you think they did... educate yourselves for REAL and stop spreading insane stories. If your baby has a heartbeat it is just as alive as any other person who a doctor would declare dead if the heartbeat stopped. The only difference is that your baby needs you to not be a self-centered immature person for nine months... However, since nothing anyone says is ever going to get the message across to the idiots who think abortion is ok... here's one for you... I DO NOT WANT MY TAX DOLLARS PAYING FOR THE MURDER OF YOUR CHILD. Get it?


When I was a kid my grandmother told me the story of a renter that they had. This was back in the 1940's. The woman got pregnant. She was so desperate not to have that baby that she tried to perform an abortion herself using coat hangers. My grandparents found her nearly bleeding to death and rushed her to the hospital. A woman that desperate had good reason.

I do not advocate any legislation that would put desperate women and their care takers behind bars. I do not advocate any legislation that would prevent women from seeking proper medical care. I do not believe in government forced pregnancies. I think it's our responsibility to be there for women. If you want to have a kid, no one is stopping you. Women have a right to decide what is right for their bodies. If this affected men, women would not have a say. To me the right to choose is not a debate. It's just people trying to control what other people do instead of looking at their own problems.


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