With the Republican attacks on women’s health unrelenting and inspired by the backlash over the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s efforts to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, a group of senators led by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) launched a campaign in support of women’s rights.
Sens. Gillibrand and Boxer, along with seven Democratic senators and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are appealing to backers on all of their websites to sign on to the “One Million Strong For Women” in hopes of harnessing this energy and using it to make a strong defense for women’s rights.
Sen. Gillibrand made the pitch to supporters in an email. “Our opponents tried to defund Planned Parenthood, in the federal budget and in many states. They tried to destroy our Medicare and Medicaid lifelines, which would be particularly devastating to women,” the email says. “They tried to get the Susan G. Komen Foundation to cut off support for Planned Parenthood.”
The commitment is welcome as Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner jumped into the drummed-up controversy surrounding contraception access and promised to move to repeal the Obama administration’s rule requiring all employers, including those affiliated with the Catholic Church, include contraceptive coverage at no additional cost in health insurance plans.
It’s also critical as the House takes up even more restrictive abortion measures designed to take away the ability of women to make fully informed health care decisions for themselves.
Other senators involved are Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
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