Where Do Obama and Romney Stand on the Issues That Matter to Women?

Here's a rundown of the most often-cited topics that fall under "women's issues" and where President Barack Obama and the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, stand on them (6 Photos)

Jill Zimon on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:38PM

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Where Do Obama and Romney Stand on the Issues That Matter to Women?

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The Issue: Health Care

President Obama -- Again, the president takes to his virtual bully pulpit to state his case, most blatantly through a specific blog entry called, The Affordable Care Act Protects Women's Health. Starting in 2014, health insurers will be prohibited from charging higher premiums just for being a woman and denying coverage due to preexisting conditions like surviving cancer, or having been pregnant. In addition, Obama’s support for abortion rights and contraception Obama's support for abortion rights and contraception have become common combat weapons launched during war on women outbursts.

Mitt Romney -- This area proves dicey for Romney because he clearly shifts around. Most notoriously, Romney supported abortion rights before he was against them. However, we also have his implementation of universal health care in Massachusetts (a.k.a. Romneycare) and its contrast with a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Even with the fact-checking outfits providing salient distinctions in Romney’s positions, it remains the case that these are two of the most common topics that have caused Romney to be called a flip-flopper.

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