Women’s Health

Republicans are out of touch with what American women expect in their lives and from their elected officials. A woman’s health is her own business, not the business of her boss or the government.

Now, Republicans are rallying behind their presidential nominee Donald Trump, who would seek to limit women’s control over their own health care.  He has a history of making offensive and misogynist comments directed toward women, calling them “fat pigs” and “disgusting,” calling pregnancy an “inconvenience” to their employers, and that “I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”

Perhaps most outrageous of all, Donald Trump said that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who make the personal decision seek an abortion.  Trump holds an extreme, Mad Men-era vision for taking away a women’s right to make her own health decisions and wants to make criminals of those who do so.

This is someone for whom Senate Republicans are trying to hold a Supreme Court seat open, and who they want to make additional Supreme Court nominations.  Imagine if Trump actually becomes President and gets a chance to nominate someone like-mindedly eager to throw women in jail for making a choice that’s been legal for decades, and returning to the dark ages of unsafe back-alley procedures.  Women should be criminalized for seeking an abortion? 

The American people don’t want a Misogynist-in-Chief at the top of the ticket whose extreme plans would make America a place that treats women as second-class citizens again.

Donald Trump and his Republican allies have railed against the Affordable Care Act for years—Trump made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act a central tenant of his convention acceptance speech.  We can’t let Republicans get away with this—the Affordable Care Act has helped millions of women access health care, it has made sure being a woman is no longer considered a preexisting condition, and it ensures that women can no longer be charged more for their insurance because they are women.

Women should have access to safe, affordable health care and be able to make their own decisions about their body and their health—not be told by their boss what is best for them.

Yet from refusing to fight for equal pay for equal work, to trying to limit women’s reproductive freedom and rights, to actually refusing to give women and communities the tools they need to limit violence against women, Republicans have proven that they won’t support commonsense measures that will help women and their families.

When it comes to issues facing women and their families—everything from economic issues to health issues—Republicans have proven they just don’t get it.

Republicans have been trying for decades to get in the way of women’s reproductive rights—decisions women should be able to make for themselves, in consultation with a medical professional—not a politician or the government.

Republicans are so extreme that they actually in recent years have gone so far as to try to limit a woman’s access to contraception—which is far out of the mainstream.

No employer or politician should be able to interfere with a woman’s health care decisions, including access to contraception. The vast majority of American women use contraception at some point in their life, and it should be treated like what it really is – a basic part of women’s preventive care.

We’ve seen over the years at the state and federal level repeated efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides essential health and reproductive care to women all across the country.  We need to defend Planned Parenthood from these Republican efforts—too many women depend on Planned Parenthood.

In 2012 and 2013, Congress acted on and the President signed into law the reauthorization and strengthening of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which took us forward in the fight against domestic violence. It added protections for LGBT Americans, Native American women, and immigrant women.

This law has helped many women, though far too many still live in fear and experience violence.
Yet Republicans actually tried to water down the legislation. Then, when they were forced to vote on it, a majority sided with the most extreme in their Party against it. They said the additions to the law were politically-driven.

Voting against protections for women? It’s hard to understand why, and it certainly isn’t the kind of leadership American women and their families want.

Questions to Ask

  1. Do you agree with Donald Trump that “there has to be some form of punishment” for a woman who has an abortion?
  2. [For a U.S. Senator]: Why are you trying to hold a Supreme Court seat open for a President Trump, when it puts women’s access to health care at risk?
  3. Do you think a woman’s boss should be able to make health decisions for her and her family?
  4. Why, when you talk about the importance of freedom in this country, are you trying to take away a woman’s freedom to make the best decisions for herself and her family?
  5. Why did you vote against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act?
  6. If we can pass laws to make women safer, why would you not support that?