Mona Charen

I notice that your campaign is sending mailings to a million women this week, some under the heading "Nurses for Obama." Nice way to imply that women's health depends upon you. And I see you have your people at The New York Times working the "war on women" angle. A March 10 story, "Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With Republicans," was heavy on interpretation and light on facts. The Times found a handful of "independent" women voters who may not vote Republican because of the contraception flap. "The sudden return of the 'culture wars' over the rights of women and their place in society has resulted, the women said, in a distinct change in mood in the past several weeks." Those who read past the headline discovered this though: "To what extent women feel alienated remains unclear: most interviews for this article were conducted from a randomly generated list of voters who had been surveyed in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, and their responses are anecdotal, not conclusive." Ah.

So I love the free contraceptives, but there are other things that are important to my health that you and Secretary Sebelius seem to have overlooked. What about abortion? Clearly women cannot be expected to pay for their own abortions. If we are to be functioning members of society, equal to men, then isn't it obvious that abortions ought to be paid for by everyone? Sure, some religious types may object, but they aren't sincere in their religious scruples. It's only a smokescreen for their "war on women."

There are a few more items, while we're on the subject. Have you thought about calcium supplements? Every year, more women suffer osteoporotic fractures than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancers combined. We cannot participate fully in national life with weak and broken bones. So we need free calcium supplements, along with free bone density scans and free hip replacements when the time comes. Also, weight-bearing exercise is good for bone health, so gym memberships should obviously be "covered" by insurance. And when I say "covered," I mean it the way Sebelius does: Free. No co-pays. We don't want women to be set back by decades, do we? Republicans, of course, want women to be crippled and hunchbacked. But not you.

Since it's well known that women do the majority of housework in America, it's only fair that maids and cooks be covered by insurance. It's for our health. While the maids are cleaning and the cooks are in the kitchen, we can spend time at the government-subsidized gym.

And let's not forget dental health, why, did you know that women . . .

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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