Women’s Equality Day Reminder: These Senators Voted Down Equal Pay

Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio have all proven more than a few times that they’re on board for the GOP’s war on women. But it’s not just the presidential candidates who are bad for women.

Ms. Ayotte? “Nay.”

Mr. Burr? “Nay.”

Mr. Blunt? “Nay.”

Mr. Boozman? “Nay.”

Mr. Kirk? “Nay.”

Mr. Johnson? “Nay.”

Mr. McCain? “Nay.”

Mr. Paul? “Nay.”

Mr. Portman? “Nay.”

Mr. Toomey? “Nay.”

Kelly Ayotte, Richard Burr, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Mark Kirk, Ron Johnson, John McCain, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, and Pat Toomey all voted against equal pay legislation.

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Jeb Continues His War On Women, Doesn’t Think Planned Parenthood Does “Women’s Health Issues”

Excitedly enlisting in the GOP’s second war against women, Jeb Bush has abandoned his stance of “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” to take on an even more extreme and hurtful one. Today, Jeb Bush told a townhall that he doesn’t think “Planned Parenthood ought to get a penny… because they’re not actually doing women’s health issues.”

Here’s a helpful reminder that in fact, Planned Parenthood is the leader in “doing women’s health issues.”

According to Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 annual report:

Health centers provided 487,029 breast exams
87,988 women whose cancer was detected early or whose abnormalities were identified
Over 1.4 million emergency contraception kits provided
516,000 unintended pregnancies averted by Planned Planned parenthood contraceptive services
Over 704,000 HIV tests conducted
Over 169,000 STIs diagnosed

Watch Jeb’s shameful comments below:

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Republicans To Jeb: But What About All Your Gaffes, Governor?

Republicans are getting nervous about Jeb Bush.

Jeb’s spent the past 24 hours in the hot seat since questioning whether “we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues” — and the rising skepticism among Republicans should have him squirming.

Bush’s mounting slip-ups and inadvertent revelations of his far-right positions is drawing the ire of Republicans, who are increasingly disenchanted with Jeb’s candidacy, drawing unflattering comparisons with the likes of Mitt Romney and — even worse — Todd Akin.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

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Politico: GOPers Frustrated By Jeb Bush Gaffe

Democratic critics of Jeb Bush’s ad-lib Tuesday about cutting women’s health spending were joined by conservatives, who are annoyed that the inartful statement may undermine their efforts to finally score a win against Planned Parenthood.

Despite his swift damage control efforts, Bush’s casual aside Tuesday afternoon that “I’m not sure we need a […]

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Um, Jeb, Abstinence-Only Ed Is Not The Same As “Other Women’s Health Orgs”

Jeb Bush is apparently under the impression that abstinence-only education is the equivalent of “other women’s health orgs.” That, or Jeb has decided that when at first you don’t succeed: lie, lie again.

From the Huffington Post:

But as governor, Bush redirected Planned Parenthood money to abstinence-only education programs rather than to other women’s health organizations. 

 
The St. Petersburg Times reported in January 2003:
 
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida lost $124,000 last year from its family planning division. Bush diverted the funds to abstinence-only educational programs. Now teens who use Planned Parenthood have a $15 co-pay and must pay $7 for birth control. “We do charge the teens now,” said LaWanda Walker, public affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. “That we really, really hate. You need to be able to have services and make it convenient.”

In a tweet, he added, “In line […]

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Jeb Bush’s Callous Disregard For The Well-Being Of American Women

In calling for defunding Planned Parenthood, and questioning whether “we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” Jeb Bush yesterday displayed a callous disregard for the well-being of American women, and proved yet again just how extreme and woefully out of touch he is when it comes to women’s issues.

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Breitbart: Jeb Bush Pulls A Todd Akin, Hillary & CNN Pounce

A massive unforced error committed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Tuesday has not only allowed Hillary Clinton and her media (especially CNN) to go on the offense over the Planned Parenthood issue, it has created a video clip that will haunt Bush and the GOP for as long as Bush is in the presidential race.

During a relaxed forum where Bush was under no pressure and had plenty of time to expand on anything he wanted to discuss, he […]

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What Exactly Would Jeb Bush Be Defunding? Hint: It’s Not Abortion

This afternoon Jeb Bush told a Nashville audience that he believes the “next president should defund Planned Parenthood” and that he is “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” Considering Bush is hoping to be the next president, it’s safe to say that Bush would defund Planned Parenthood if elected. So what exactly would Bush be defunding?

Federal funding makes up about 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s budget according to Vox, but none of those funds are allocated to abortion. In fact, they legally can’t help pay for abortion and abortion services only make up about 3 percent of their annual budget, according to the Washington Post.

When Jeb and the GOP field talk about defunding Planned Parenthood they are talking about taking away funding for important procedures for low-income women such as cancer screenings and STD testing and treatment — not abortion. 

According to Vox,

Most of this […]

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Jeb Bush Doesn’t Think We Should Fund Women’s Healthcare

This afternoon, in three sentences, Jeb Bush made it very clear — women’s healthcare access will be hurt if he becomes president.

“The next president should defund Planned Parenthood.”

“We did defund Planned Parenthood when I was governor.” 

“I”m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” 

These latest comments prove that Jeb is no moderate. On women’s issues, he’s just as extreme and out of touch as the rest of the field. 

Watch Jeb on women’s healthcare below:

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New Research Shows Anti-Choice Group’s Extremist Ties and Potentially Illegal Activity

In light of today’s newly-released video from the extremist Center for Medical Progress attacking Planned Parenthood, here’s what new research reveals about the group with a history of subversive activities: They have ties to anti-choice extremism — including to groups that supported health worker harassment and that were sympathetic to a doctor’s killer — and allegedly performed other illegal activity.

The Center For Medical Progress — as innocently-named, as it is maliciously motivated — is, as The Huffington Post reported:

“[N]othing more than a front organization for the anti-abortion group Live Action. That is not how the IRS understood it when considering the group’s application for tax-exempt status, and not how the group originally presented itself to the public in soliciting donations.” 

That’s right: Center for Medical Progress seemingly misrepresented itself to the IRS as a biomedicine charity, whereas it is nothing more than a bona fide, anti-choice hit squad that, as The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett put it, “appears […]

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Awful Scott Walker Awfully Extreme On Women’s Health

In his latest unabashed testament to his far-right extremism, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker today signed into law a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks — even in cases of rape and incest.

For years, Walker has been working hard to make abortion illegal in all instances — including in cases of rape and incest, and even where necessary to save the life of the mother, according to PolitiFact.

But Walker isn’t too worried about the lack of exceptions for pregnancies that arise from incest or rape; in fact, he’s fairly confident that women will just get over it. According to The Daily Beast:

“In June, Walker, who is not a woman and who cannot get pregnant, said publicly, ‘I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months when they’re the most concerned about it.’”

Given Walker is a long-time supporter of taking women’s health decisions out of their hands, […]

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Failed Planned Parenthood Hit Job Political From The Beginning

Outrage, I say! Turns out two senior House Republicans, who went ballistic after a misleading and heavily edited video was released yesterday, had seen the video weeks ago. The chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee, who’s holding a hearing, knew this was coming weeks ago but did nothing.

Keep this in mind when the House investigation comes to politically-motivated conclusions. They’ve been colluding with anti-choice hacks since before any of us even knew there was a video.

Roll Call: Lawmakers Knew About Planned Parenthood Video Weeks Ago

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