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News Saturday, Feb 6 2016

The GOP's Crusade To Set Women's Health Care Back Decades

Feb 06, 2016

Rinse and repeat. The GOP field is back to boasting about setting women’s health care back decades. And every candidate remains hell-bent on defunding the number one provider of women’s health care in the country: Planned Parenthood. 
From Marco Rubio’s opposition to a woman’s right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest, to Ted Cruz’s support of Personhood, which could ban common forms of birth control, and Donald Trump’s characterization of Planned Parenthood as “an abortion factory,” every single GOP candidate on the stage tonight wants to take personal health care decisions away from women — and they certainly can’t be counted on to fight to protect women’s healthcare rights. That doesn’t play well in a state like New Hampshire, where nearly 50% of Republican primary voters describe themselves as “pro choice.”
In Congress, Republicans have wasted taxpayer dollars on investigations, held countless hearings, and voted time and time to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  But hasn’t doesn’t stopped the Republicans on stage tonight from continuing to lie about an organization essential to ensuring millions of women’s access to a full range of healthcare options.

Every single GOP supports rolling back women’s health care rights and interfering with their personal health care decisions:

  • Donald Trump said he would defund Planned Parenthood, referring to the women’s health organization as “an abortion factory.” 
  • After the shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Trump talked about the falsified Center for Medical Progress videos. He said, “There is a tremendous group of people that think it’s terrible all of the videos that they’ve seen with some of these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car.” 
  • Ted Cruz supports a personhood amendment that could ban abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, and potentially go so far as to ban common forms of birth control. 
  • Marco Rubio opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. When asked about exceptions, Rubio said, “I believe and I’ve always advocated that life begins at conception.” 
  • In 2012, Rubio introduced a bill that would let employers refuse to cover contraceptives in their health insurance plans. In response to the bill, a Tampa Bay Times editorial blasted the senator saying the bill showed Rubio believed “women… should be subject to a religious agenda as a condition of their employment.”
  • Chris Christie supported shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. He said, “You should put the defunding of Planned Parenthood on the president’s desk. If he’s going to veto it, let the American people see that he stands with the folds who believe that the systematic murder of children in the womb, in a way that preserves the body parts to be sold on the open market, is something that he stands for.”
  • As governor of New Jersey, Christie has vetoed funding for Planned Parenthood at least five times. Just this week, Christie celebrated his record of defunding Planned Parenthood.


Published: Feb 6, 2016

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