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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?

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From The Daily Inter Lake, Saturday November 1, 2008

McCain has contempt for women’s rights

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country by voting for Obama-Biden.

Consider John McCain’s attitude on equal pay for equal work. Last year the House of Representatives tried to correct a sex discrimination outrage with a bill names in honor of Lily Ledbetter whose employer’s 20 years of pay discrimination was upheld by the Supreme Court. McCain joined the Senate Republicans in a filibuster to kill the bill. Now, if you find that you are being paid less for doing the same tasks as your opposite sex colleagues, and your employer won’t make things right, file your claim promptly because, thanks to Sen. McCain and his cohorts, after 180 days from the day the discrimination began, you are out of luck.

Another salvo in McCain’s war on women is his vow to appoint to the Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, thus enabling states to criminalize abortion.

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Let’s get a few things straight . . .


There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there regarding the Obama/Biden campaign and its views regarding women’s reproductive health (among other things, obviously. In case you were curious, Barack Obama was named after his Muslim grandfather and is a practicing Christian). The Obama for America website is very comprehensive when it comes to searching campaign policy (you should check it out), covering everything from taxes and technology to ethics and faith. Straight from the Blueprint for Change, the Obama/Biden campaign will:

Support a Woman’s Right to Choose:

Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.

Help Americans Learn How to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy:

Barack Obama is an original co-sponsor of legislation to expand access to contraception, health information and preventive services to help reduce unintended pregnancies. Introduced in January 2007, the Prevention First Act will increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education that teaches both abstinence and safe sex methods. The Act will also end insurance discrimination against contraception, improve awareness about emergency contraception, and provide compassionate assistance to rape victims.

NARAL Pro-Choice America endorses Barack Obama

Pro-Choice = Pro-Obama

NARAL organizations across the board support Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama as a champion for women’s reproductive rights in America. Watch the video below for more information on Obama’s and McCain’s voting records.

NARAL Pro-Choice America has also endorsed:

  • Montana Senator Max Baucus
  • Steve Bullock (Attorney General)
  • Patricia Cotter (Montana Supreme Court)
  • Mike Jopek (House District #4 – Whitefish)
  • Denise Juneau (Superintendent of Public Instruction)
  • Monica Lindeen (State Auditor)
  • Brittany Maclean (Montana Senate District #2 – including Whitefish, Columbia Falls, and a rural swath that runs from the North Fork through the Canyon to Marias Pass)
  • Linda McCullouch (Secretary of State)
  • Mike McGrath (Chief Justice, Montana Supreme Court)
  • Governor Brian Schweitzer
  • Cheryl Steenson (Montana House District #8 – downtown Kalispell)
  • Scott Wheeler (Montana House District #6 – the area north and west of Whitefish to the Lincoln County line. It also includes rural areas west of Kalispell and north of Marion)

See NARAL’s election site for more information about national candidates, and the Pro-Choice Montana Political Update site for local candidates.

Vote Pro-Choice Campus Day of Action

Thursday, October 30th will be our first Pro-Choice Campus Day of Action! Look for our table in Blake hall from 11:00 – 3:00 where Students for Choice volunteers will be handing out information about our organization as well as pamphlets regarding pro-choice legislation and local and national pro-choice candidates. Come talk to us about the importance of the right to privacy in personal medical decisions and how it affects all of our lives. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering!