House Republicans have been pushing plans to balance the budget on the backs of women, cutting supplemental food programs, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.† GOP presidential candidates have made their campaigns on the platform of eliminating family planning funding, passing an amendment to end access to abortion, even supporting bills that could ban many forms of birth control or stopping Congress from passing legislation to make contraceptives more affordable and accessible.
A majority of the right wing, and even some Democrats, are running for election or reelection on a war against women, and they believe no one is really noticing. Now, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is putting them on alert.
Women are watching.
PPAF has launched a new website dedicated to informing the public about the biggest advocates both for and against women’s health.† From banning abortion to stripping funding for cancer screenings to blocking access to birth control for women in poverty, the group is leading the charge in promoting candidates who care about the well-being of women and families for national office.
“In all branches of government, the future of womenís health hangs in the balance. In 2012, women have the power to choose which candidates will ultimately determine whether our health will be supported and our health care remains accessible,” the site proclaims. “Women are watching, educating their friends, sharing, taking action, and WE WILL BE VOTING.”
The new interactive site allows women to pledge to only vote for pro-women candidates, gives the most up to date information on candidate stances, including “champs” and “chumps” and tracks some of the most vulnerable states in the nation when it comes to women’s health.
“Itís time to draw the line and say enough,” states PPAF President Cecile Richards. “Politicians do not have a license to practice medicine. They do not belong in the examining room. They need to back off and let women make their own health care decisions.”
Photo credit: Website screen grab.