With Mitt Romney at the helm, the Republican Party has been steadily chipping away at women’s health care and women’s rights. They would eliminate a woman’s right to choose and have pledged to “get rid of” funding for Planned Parenthood, which millions of American women rely on for lifesaving cancer screenings and birth control. Every woman needs to know where the Romney-Ryan ticket stands on women’s health before she casts her ballot:
Redefine rape: Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill that, among other things, narrowed the definition of rape to “forcible rape.” As the National Women’s Law Center explained, the proposal “takes us back to a time where just saying no was not enough.”
Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest: Mitt Romney backed a proposal to outlaw all abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Paul Ryan co-sponsored a personhood bill that defines life as beginning at conception—a definition that would mean “abortion and some forms of birth control could be construed as murder.”
Employer control over birth control coverage: Romney said “of course” he supports a bill that would’ve allowed any employer to deny women coverage for birth control. Ryan co-sponsored a similar proposal in the House and called the Obamacare rule that provides access to contraception without out-of-pocket costs “an affront to religious liberty.”
Defund Planned Parenthood: Romney pledged to “get rid of” funding for Planned Parenthood. Ryan repeatedly voted to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides crucial health services to women across the country. All federal funding goes towards medical services like reproductive health services, birth control, cancer screenings—but not abortion services.
Every day, women grapple with complex, deeply personal health decisions. President Obama believes that politicians, most of whom are men, should not be the ones who make those decision. That is the stark and clear choice in this election. Make sure all the women in your life know.