Thursday, October 30, 2008

Did You Know...

...that the McCain/Palin ticket wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, while Sen. Obama is committed to protecting a woman's right to choose.

I'm sure you've heard Sen. McCain mocking protections for women's health as "extreme."

Those facts alone are enough for most of us to support Sen. Obama. But the McCain/Palin ticket is even more extreme and more dangerous to women's health than you may realize:

John McCain opposes equal pay legislation, saying it wouldn't do "anything to help the rights of women." 1

John McCain opposes requiring health care plans to cover prescription birth control. 2

John McCain and Sarah Palin oppose comprehensive, medically accurate sex education. 3

John McCain opposes commonsense funding to prevent unintended and teen pregnancies. 4

John McCain and Sarah Palin want to tax health care benefits for the first time since the 1950s.5

John McCain opposes restoring family planning services for low-income women. 6

Sarah Palin opposes abortion even in the case of rape and incest. 7

John McCain voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which ensures rape survivors are not charged for the emergency exams used to prosecute their attackers. While Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, rape survivors were forced to pay for these exams, which cost up to $1,200.8

When asked whether contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV, John McCain said he was "stumped." 9

In his 25 years in Washington, DC, John McCain has voted against women's reproductive rights and privacy 125 times. 10

We can't afford four more years of an administration that is openly hostile to the needs of women and families across the country.

1. The Trail blog, Washington Post, 5/7/08; 2. Roll Call Vote, 3/11/03; 3. The Caucus, New York Times, 3/16/07; First Read, MSNBC, 9/1/08; 4. Roll Call Vote, 3/17/05; 5. Center for American Progress, 7/2/08; 6. Roll Call Vote, 3/17/05; 7. ABC World News with Charles Gibson, 9/12/08; 8. H.R. 3355, Roll Call Vote, 8/25/94; The Frontiersman, 5/23/00; 9. The Caucus, New York Times, 3/16/07; 10.

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