I believe a woman should have the sole right to make a final decision on her own health and well-being. No one should be able to overrule her on life decisions such as contraception and abortion.
The concerted effort by the Republican Party to disenfranchise women from the process, to mute their voice and lessen their role in society is plainly displayed in the platform they adopted at the National Republican Convention.
In Michigan, Jim Stamus, Republican Floor Leader, and his House majority literally took Barb Byrum and Lisa Brown’s voice away because he didn’t like their use of the word “vagina”. The women Representative were not allowed to talk in session effectively eliminating the voice of thousands of Michigan citizens that they represented from congressional consideration. In honesty, it wasn’t the word vagina that caused this despicable act by the Republican majority. It was their total and complete lack of respect for women and their views.
The Republican party’s acceptance of comments like Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attacks on Sandra Fluke and others, as well as the obnoxious “legitimate rape” and “forcible rape” positions various Republicans have touted and then defended is simply beyond belief. And the greatest insult of all is when Indiana’s Richard Mourdock openly said in the case of rape – “that is something God intended to happen” – and the Republican Party failed to severely admonish him or the statement. Rape is rape.
More than 1,000 bills were submitted in 2011 attacking Roe vs Wade issues including the defunding of Planned Parenthood which dedicates less than 3% of its expenditures towards abortion. On the other hand, Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. Shows you where the Republican mindset is on these issues. You can’t make this stuff up.
If elected I will fight to protect a woman’s right to decide, I will support continued funding of Planned Parenthood and other efforts to assist women in need and I will work to make equal pay for equal work a reality.