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Brown-Warren: Do You Believe There's a War on Women?

Trailing in the latest polls, Elizabeth Warren charged Scott Brown is part of a Republican war on women. Do you agree, or is this just a stunt?

Senator Scott Brown has opened up a lead over challenger Elizabeth Warren in a new poll released Tuesday. Public Policy Polling has Brown over Warren by five points. 

On the stump, however, Warren's on the offensive, saying Brown and the Republican party are waging a war on women. She's pointed to comments by Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin as the latest evidence of that war. Akin has been roundly condemned by liberals and conservatives alike for his statement that it's rare for women to become pregnant after a "legitimate rape." Akin has apologized and attempted to clarify his statement, saying he meant "forcible rape."

Brown has publicly called on Akin to drop out of the race, and asked that the Republican party soften its stance on abortion

What do you think? Is Warren right about Republicans trying to claw back women's rights? Did Brown call for Akin's withdrawal to blunt these attacks? Or are Warren's claims about a war on women just the smoke and mirrors of a losing campaign? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

[Editor's note: This story is posted on multiple Patch sites.]

Anonymous September 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Sonny beaches. I am not denying a women the right to choose. But at her own expense, not at mine or taxpayers. Why is it a reactionary if someone wants to save/protect taxpayers money, advocates for less taxes, small government, less waste and more transparency? If you want to pay more taxes, you should do it yourself. Open your own wallet and send a check to those women who need abortions. But leave others alone.
Carolyn A. Gritter September 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
To commenters: Despite making what I thought to be reasoned and civil comments, I have received abusive phone calls referencing content. I hope the vituperation will stop. In the meantime, I'll be dropping out of the discussion. The caution is: don't naively use your full name as I did.
Bill M September 20, 2012 at 08:02 PM
While we disagree almost completely on this very serious topic it saddens me to hear that someone would go so far as to make an abusive phone call based on your posts.
M C Stringfellow September 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I am deeply sorry to hear that you have been receiving abusive calls. While I may disagree on somethings, I found your responses to be most helpful and am truly grateful for you input.
Katy G. September 21, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Ms. Gritter, I'm sorry to hear that you, of all of the people I disagree with are leaving the discussion. You do respond with reasoned, fact based, responses. Even if we don't see eye to eye, I'm sorry to hear that someone is being so rude to you. We have caller ID so that we know who is calling. I agree with Mr. Beeches, for once. Call the police and let them deal with it. Making threatening phone calls is against the law. Bullies need to be stopped from the start or they get out of hand.

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