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Analysts: Female voters to have significant impact on election

Posted at: 11/02/2012 5:50 PM
Updated at: 11/02/2012 6:12 PM
By: Lynette Adams

Political commentator, author and professor Donna Brazile was in town on Friday. She was the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood's annual luncheon. The women who spearheaded Democrat Al Gore's 2000 run for president encouraged the crowd to go to the polls on Tuesday and take a stand.

Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 to 2000.
She has been named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by a Washington Magazine and on Friday, she used that influence to support Planned Parenthood and spread her message about issues that affect women and their health.

Brazile addressed a crowd of 600 people at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center Friday afternoon. This is the annual Planned Parenthood luncheon. Brazile told the crowd women's issues are under attack and voters will have to take a stand on Tuesday.

Brazile's comments reflect a nationwide sentiment. The Center for American Women and Politics says just over half of all women surveyed say there is a war on women and this election is key.

Barbara deLeeuw is the Retired Executive Director of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

deLeeuw said, “I think women are very concerned about making choices that are positive for them and not having government, politics or people make choices about how they live their lives whether it's reproductive health, job equity or any of those kinds of issues.”

deLeeuw says voters are concerned about candidates that will pave the way for their daughters and granddaughters.

Kaitlyn Legg is a member of the young professional steering committee that promotes Planned Parenthood's mission. Legg believes women will determine the outcome of many key elections.

Legg said, “I think this year even more than 2008 I see women endorsing Obama, endorsing any candidate that stands up for reproductive health. So I 100 percent agree it will depend on women.”

But County Executive Maggie Brooks, who's running for the 25th congressional seat against longtime Democrat Louise Slaughter says she is pro-life, but says women's reproductive health is not a partisan issue. And should not be political.

The Center for American Women and Politics says women's rights is a key issue in this election but so are jobs and healthcare in general.

The Center for American Women and Politics estimates women will cast 10 million more votes than men in this upcoming election. Four years ago, there were 9.7 million. But it remains to be seen if they will vote much differently than men.