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In this divisive election year, it is apparent to me that the White House will do and say anything to curry women’s votes. Many pundits are calling this the “War on Women.” I prefer to call it the War for Women. I do believe that this “war” was contrived.

Think back to the Republican debate on Jan. 7. I was dumbfounded when George Stephanopoulos queried Mitt Romney about the GOP’s position on birth control. My thoughts were, “Where did this come from? Why is he is wasting time asking this question?”

But Stephanopoulos was relentless and kept pressing Romney. Romney responded that no state was even considering this, and it was a non-issue. It seemed that Romney (like me and many other TV viewers) was wondering why this non-issue seemed to be foremost in Stephanopoulos’ mind.

On Jan. 20 came the “ah-hah” moment. The topic about contraception was breaking news on every news report when the Obama administration announced that religiously based schools, hospitals and non-profits would be required to provide insurance coverage to their employees for contraception. Is there any doubt that the question was indeed planted — hoping the majority of women would rally in support of this issue? Could George Stephanopoulos, the esteemed anchor of ABCs “Good Morning America,” be receiving talking points from the Obama re-election team?

Then came Hilary Rosen’s intended smear of Ann Romney. This planned attack on Ann Romney (and all “stay-at-home moms”) may have back-fired. It was implied any woman who “has not worked a day in her life” would not have the knowledge or expertise to comment about the family budget. One is led to believe that such women are unproductive and do not add any value to our economy.

Vice President Joe Biden has said, “The role of women has become an issue in a way that I never thought it would be in American politics.” I couldn’t disagree more with the vice president. I believe this was all part of the election strategy.

Most recently when talking about the Violence Against Women Act, the vice president stated, “In 2012, we should be beyond questioning the need for the Violence Against Women Act.” He suggested that the GOP’s opposition to the Democratic version of a domestic violence bill will give a green light to male violence against women.

The Violence Against Women Act was adopted in 1994 with bipartisan support and unanimously affirmed twice by the Senate in 2000 and again in 2005. The bill included funding to fight domestic violence and sexual assault, and increases criminal penalties against perpetrators of these crimes.

This time the proposed law was rejected by Republicans because of the additional expenses that the Democrats  proposed. In the past, both Republicans and Democrats have reauthorized the existing law. Now the Democrats in Congress are trying to pass a slightly different law that contains unreasonable expenses. Republicans are very focused on preventing our nation from becoming like Greece and are trying to put a stop to this.

Because Republicans do not support this expansion, Democrats are proposing that Republicans support violence against women. This is deceitful and is how much of the rhetoric will be reported during this election season.

The Obama White House is portraying the myth that they are women’s shining knights in armor, the true defenders of women’s rights. This doesn’t quite add up when we recently learned that female employees of the White House were paid 18 percent less than their male counterparts. Rae Chornecky, president of the National Federation of Republican Women said, “They like to talk a good game, but it is indeed the Republican Party that truly values and honors women.”

It is the Republican Party that championed the suffrage movement some 90 plus years ago. Republican Sen. Aaron Sargent of California introduced the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in 1878, but, it did not become law until 1920. It was always defeated by the Democrat controlled Congress and was not sent to the states for ratification until 1919 after the Republicans took over control of both houses of Congress.

It is the Republican Party that has invested itself in women. It is the Republican Party that values all women — from the “stay-at-home-mom” to the most accomplished CEO. Rise above the falsehoods that are being told. The Republican Party was and is the “right” place for women to feel at home.    

WILLEE COOPER is a former teacher and military spouse. A Hopkinsville resident, she is president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women. Her column runs on the first and third Friday of each month. Reach her at    

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