It seems all too often women are objectified in our society. Rather than focusing on our talents or contributions to society, we are objectified as sex symbols. If you are paying attention in Virginia, it seems like women are being objectified by the Democrats. We are being portrayed as being concerned by abortion rights, whether we believe in it or not, and this is far too concerning. Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is airing ads that say all women care about is receiving free contraceptives and how Ken Cuccinelli is trying to end abortion in the Commonwealth. Is this all women care about in the Commonwealth? I would say not.
However, the Democrats ongoing objectification has taken a new turn. It is one that is particularly disgusting. In the 12th District, Democrat James Harder is running against incumbent Joseph Yost. This race has been somewhat competitive. However, the most recent attack by Harder has taken a whole new dimension to the war on women. Bearing Drift’s Norm Leahy shed light onto a direct mail piece that has been sent to residents in the 12th District by Harder portraying Yost as someone who wants to “criminalize miscarriages,” because he voted for the Personhood Amendment during the General Assembly session. What’s worse is that Harder is not apologizing for his attacks, when it was revealed that Yost’s wife suffered a miscarriage. In a statement to the media, Lisa Yost said:
““Miscarriage is a tragedy. Any mother and father who has lost their child to miscarriage knows the pain, suffering and heartbreak can never be erased. In the past year, Joseph and I have twice experienced the joy and excitement of pregnancy, only to be followed by the devastation and agony of losing our child.
“In my entire life, I have never experienced more heartache and pain. To then see someone suggest that my husband would want to criminalize this experience not only hurts me, it also infuriates me.
“James Harder’s attacks are disgraceful. To exploit this vulnerable experience as a political attack demonstrates a complete lack of compassion and decency.
Harder’s actions were deplorable. In fact, he sent another mailer after the initial one with the same message. For a party that constantly claims to be the champions of women’s rights, the Virginia Democrats need to realize that women do control the vote for the Commonwealth. Such attacks, as the ones by Harder and McAuliffe, should not be condoned.
One thing this election has brought forth is that the war on women is escalating. Protecting life in the Commonwealth is important, and these recent attacks show where the Democrats interests lie in the public discourse. It’s saddening that women are being viewed solely as tokens for Planned Parenthood, rather than being concerned about the current state of our economy, education, and health care.