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From The Daily Inter Lake, November 1, 2008

McCain out of touch on women’s issues

As a woman, I was astonished to hear John McCain say during the last debate:

“Just again, the example of the eloquence of Sen. Obama. He’s health for the mother. You know, that’s been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything. That’s the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, ‘health'”

Since when did women’s health become extreme?

What McCain said was belittling to women and shockingly uninformed of the health consequences many women face when pregnant. He not only mocked Barack Obama for supporting women’s health, he mocked women across the country who endure high risk pregnancies and devastating complications.

The simple fact is that we need a president who wants to protect and promote women’s health, not ridicule it. McCain has shown time and again that he is out of touch on women’s health and women’s rights:

  • He voted 125 times against women’s health.
  • He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • He opposes funding to prevent unintended and teen pregnancies.
  • He opposes requiring health-care plans to cover birth control.
  • He opposes equal pay legislation.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, gets it. Obama talked about common-sense proposals to prevent unintended pregnancy. He talked about a woman, along with her family and her doctor, deciding what is best for her health care. As president, he will improve access to quality health care for women, support and protect a woman’s privacy, support comprehensive sex education to keep our young people healthy, and invest in prevention programs, including family planning services and breast cancer screenings.

Annika Larson, Lakeside


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