McCain= Has twice voted against requiring insurers to cover prescription birth control. Refused to address why Viagra may sometimes be covered while birth control may not.
Obama= Promises to require birth-control coverage by insurance companies and to ensure rape victims are educated about access to emergency contraception.
The issue: Reproductive Rights
McCain = Is prolife and believes Roe v. Wade must be overturned so that individual states can decide whether or not to outlaw abortion.
Obama = If elected, will continue to support a woman’s right to choose and he has said that he will work to uphold Roe v. Wade.
The issue: Pay Equity
McCain = Last April, he did not support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would have extended the period of time a person has to sue an employer for pay discrimination.
Obama = Voted for the Ledbetter bill, which didn’t pass. Vows to establish a minimum of seven paid sick days per year for full-time employees – a measure aimed specifically at single mothers.
The issue: Title IX
McCain = Finds flaws with the law ensuring proportional funding for men’s and women’s public-school sports but notes its “indisputable” benefits.
Obama = Said he’ll do more to urge compliance with title IX after what he called ineffective enforcement under the Bush administration.
The issue: Domestic Violence
McCain = Doesn’t address it in his platform but introduced a 2005 amendment to the Violence Against Women Act to help protect Native American women from domestic violence on reservations, where it’s unusually common.
Obama = Pledges to appoint a special advisor who will report to him on related issues. He said he would pass legislation providing job security to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
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