GOP Candidates Turn Back The Clock On Women’s Health

If tonight’s debate had you double-checking to make sure you hadn’t traveled back in time, chances are you weren’t alone. Every single candidate on stage proved, once again, that they want to turn back the clock for women’s healthcare, and that they remain committed to putting partisan politics between women and their doctors.

Republicans in Congress have voted over and over again to end federal funding to Planned Parenthood — to no avail. But the Republicans on stage tonight are pledged to continue the futile crusade to defund an organization that provides safe and affordable access to basic health care services for millions of women annually.

Here are just a few more of the GOP’s greatest hits on interfering with a woman’s right to make her own 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 […]

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

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 […]

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Senator John McCain Won’t Stand Up For Arizona’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258
 
Senator John McCain Won’t Stand Up For Arizona’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Senator John McCain, are standing in their way.

McCain opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and voted against it in 2009.
McCain Said the Lilly Ledbetter act “opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems.
McCain voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

“Today in Arizona, women make 84 cents to the dollar for the same work as men. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Sen. McCain stood in the way of creating equal opportunity for women,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in the right […]

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Senator John Boozman Won’t Stand Up For Arkansas’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258

 

Senator John Boozman Won’t Stand Up For Arkansas’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Senator John Boozman, are standing in their way.

Boozman voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2012, 2014, and 2015.
As a representative in the House, Boozman voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2007 and 2009.
As a representative in the House, Boozman voted against requiring employers to prove unequal pay was job instead of gender related in 2009.

“Today in Arkansas, women make 26 percent less than men for the same work. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Sen. Boozman has stood in the way of creating equal opportunity for women,” said […]

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Senator Rob Portman Won’t Stand Up For Ohio’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258
 
Senator Rob Portman Won’t Stand Up For Ohio’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Senator Rob Portman, are standing in their way.

Portman voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2012, 2014, and 2015.
Portman said the Paycheck Fairness Act would increase “frivolous lawsuits.”

“Today in Ohio, women make 22 percent less than men for the same work. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Sen. Portman has stood in the way of creating equal opportunity for women,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in the right direction for equal pay. There’s more work to be done and Sen. Rob Portman has proven he won’t stand up for […]

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Senator Ron Johnson Won’t Stand Up For Wisconsin’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258
 
Senator Ron Johnson Won’t Stand Up For Wisconsin’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Senator Ron Johnson, are standing in their way.

Johnson voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act at least four times — once in 2012, twice in 2014, and again in 2015.

“Today in Wisconsin, women make a fifth less than men for the same work. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Sen. Johnson has stood in the way of creating equal opportunity for women,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in the right direction for equal pay. There’s more work to be done and Sen. Ron Johnson has proven he won’t stand […]

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Senator Richard Burr Won’t Stand Up For North Carolina’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258
 
Senator Richard Burr Won’t Stand Up For North Carolina’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Senator Richard Burr, are standing in their way.

Burr voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act at least four times — once in 2012, twice in 2014, and again in 2015.
Burr said the Lilly Ledbetter Act was “more about political theater than a serious effort to address any shortcomings.”

“Today in North Carolina, women make 85 cents to the dollar for the same work as men. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Sen. Burr has stood in the way of creating equal opportunity for women,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in […]

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Tim Neville Won’t Stand Up For Colorado’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258

Tim Neville Won’t Stand Up For Colorado’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Tim Neville, are standing in their way.

Neville voted against an amendment to the 2015 Colorado budget that would have funded the state pay equity commission.
“A number of women’s-advocacy groups and a few female business leaders charged there is much more to do, saying that women continue to make 80 cents for every dollar earned by men — a figure that has improved only one cent since 2006,” according to the Denver Business Journal.

“Today in Colorado, women make less than 82 cents to the dollar for the same work as men. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Neville has stood […]

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Senator Pat Toomey Won’t Stand Up for Pennsylvania’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258
 
Senator Pat Toomey Won’t Stand Up for Pennsylvania’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Senator Pat Toomey, are standing in their way.

Toomey voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2015, 2014, and 2012.
“Sen. Toomey consistently opposes legislation that would improve pay for all hard-working Americans, but especially for women,” according to an August op-ed in the Center Daily Times.
Toomey effectively voted against legislation that would have helped women successfully sue employers for pay discrimination. The bill would have also “protect[ed] employees from retaliation” if they inquired about pay equity or filed a charge against their employer.

“Today in Pennsylvania, women make a fifth less than men for the same work. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that […]

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Joe Heck Won’t Stand Up for Nevada’s Working Women

For Immediate Release:
January 29th, 2016
Contact: Katie Lewallen, 318-617-3258
 
Joe Heck Won’t Stand Up for Nevada’s Working Women

On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, working women are still fighting to close the gender wage gap — and Republicans, including Representative Joe Heck, are standing in their way.

Heck effectively killed the Paycheck Fairness Act when he “made a procedural vote” that prevented an equal pay bill from coming to the House floor for a vote.
Heck effectively voted against legislation that would have helped women successfully sue employers for pay discrimination. The bill would have also “protect[ed] employees from retaliation” if they inquired about pay equity or filed a charge against their employer.

“Today in Nevada, women make 85 cents to the dollar for the same work as men. Instead of supporting equal pay for equal work and ending discriminatory practices that harm families and the economy, Joe Heck has stood in the […]

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