Much is being made of the percentage of female voters who claim to be on the fence when it comes to casting a ballot for President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the upcoming election.
Although their reasons for being undecided range across the board, recent polls show that a majority of undecided women are ultimately just not sure whether they really like having rights or not.
“I mean, I guess it’s cool knowing that I get to make my own decisions about what I do with my body,” said Lynn Scherer, a waitress in Albuquerque, NM.
“But, I mean, do I really need that option? How often do I actually use it? It might take some stuff off my plate if a few personal choices are out of my hands so I don’t have to worry about them, you know?”
Scherer admitted that she’d never had to decide whether or not to have an abortion, so that was not an issue that had ever been of particular importance to her.
“If I ever found myself in that position, then yes, I might feel differently,” she said. “I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about it that way.”
Other women noted that they found the choice between different types of contraception to be overwhelming.
“The Pill, the Ring, the Shot– there are so many birth control methods out there, it’s really confusing,” said Lesley Wright of Boca Raton, FL. “If Romney wins and defunds Planned Parenthood, making contraception more difficult to afford and obtain, then I won’t have to decide– I’ll just automatically choose babies. So much easier!”
Many respondents also claimed that they weren’t sure whether receiving equal pay for equal work was really that big of a deal to them, when you got right down to it.
“I don’t really want to make an issue out of that equal pay thing, to be honest,” said Detroit-area receptionist Elissa Franklin. “Getting paid less for the same work was good enough for my mother, and my grandmother. Why shouldn’t it be good enough for me?”
Franklin added that she was leaning towards voting for Mitt Romney, since he “seems a lot more comfortable not listening to women, and also telling them what they can and can’t do, which is something I’m just more familiar with.”