Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sandra Fluke: Ryan's Record On Women's Issues Is "Unbelievable"

Sandra Fluke (left) is the Georgetown University law student who was blocked by the Republicans from appearing at a House hearing on birth control and was viciously maligned by Rush Limbaugh. Fluke outlined Paul Ryan's record on women's rights, which she wrote is "so far outside the mainstream that many find it unbelievable":

Ryan voted for a bill referred to as the “Let Women Die Bill” because it proposed to allow hospitals to refuse a woman emergency abortion care, even if her life was in immediate danger...

Ryan co-sponsored a federal personhood bill. That bill declared a fertilized egg that hasn’t even resulted in a pregnancy to be the equivalent of a living person, with all of the rights of federal law...

Ryan repeatedly over several years voted against bills to ensure women equal pay for equal work, even voting against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Ryan voted to cut off Title X family planning programs that ensure impoverished and low-wage women affordable access to contraception as well as mammograms and cancer-screenings.

Ryan’s budget attacks on Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and a broad range of social services (including child care, Head Start, job training, Pell Grants, housing and energy assistance) would disproportionately harm women’s economic wellbeing...

Ryan repeatedly voted over several years to end all funding for Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services...[which] would rob women of access to breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, and the other life-saving services Planned Parenthood provides...

Ryan co-sponsored a bill that would deny many rape victims on Medicaid access to abortion...

Ryan voted repeatedly to prevent our female military service-members from using their own private money to pay for abortion at a military hospital. He also voted for legislation to allow bans on abortion coverage in the new state health-insurance exchanges, even for women paying with their own money.

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