Patt Morrison for September 6, 2012

The female factor: How are women and women’s issues being addressed at the DNC?

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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House Minority Leader Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) waves on stage with other female members of Congress during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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U.S. Sen Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) (C) speaks as she's joined by other U.S. women senators during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Abortion rights protestors Annah Shapiro (R) and Kat Enyeart (L), two women from Portland, Oregon, kiss in front of street preacher Alan Hoyle (far right) on day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 5, 2012. President Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech, originally scheduled to take place at the Bank of America Stadium, will now take place indoors at the Time Warner Cable Arena because of concerns about severe weather, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced.

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Three brothers from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Monroe, North Carolina holds signs at an anti-abortion rights march and rally on day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), in Charlotte, North Carolina September 5, 2012.


Democrats and Republicans are undeniably divided on many issues, but none are more divisive than issues related to reproductive rights. This divergence became more prevalent in 2012 as the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act withstood the test of the U.S. Supreme Court and became more firmly implemented. Provisions for free contraception became the center of a heated debate over mandated preventive health care policies for women. Some Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, even accused Republicans of waging a so-called ‘War on Women.’ Listen in as Patt examines how women’s issues have impacted the 2012 election cycle and how they are being addressed at the DNC.

WEIGH IN:

How do you think the ‘War on Women’ controversy will influence voters in November? Do Democrats have more women voters in their corner?

Guests:

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America

Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority


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