There are many different issues and reasons why a person might vote for one candidate over the other in an election. A fundamental concern for all people is whether the candidates in question have respect for you, a citizen, or even consider you to be a real person with rights equal to their own. One of those most basic rights is the right to be able to control what happens to you – your body – rather than the president, other politicians or anyone else making those decisions for you.
As women one of the things that we should expect to be able to have control over – if we are really considered real human beings capable of making choices for ourselves – is the ability to control how many children we have.
Consequently, I see two indisputable reasons why the only sensible choice for women is to vote for Obama:
1) Obama recognizes that women are real humans beings with the right to control what happens to their own body:
“I am pro-choice, I believe in Roe v. Wade, and I come to that conclusion not because I am pro-abortion, but because ultimately I don’t think women make these decisions casually. They struggle with these decisions profoundly.”
Obama also supports the right of women to have reasonable access to birth control:
- Barack Obama authored legislation to fix the birth control pricing crisis facing millions of low‐income women and students across the country.
- Barack Obama has voted in favor of funding teen‐pregnancy prevention programs.
- Barack Obama was an original co‐sponsor of the Prevention First Act, a package of proposals that increases funds for family‐planning services, makes sure that health insurance plans cover birth control if they cover other prescription medication, and improves women’s ability to get emergency contraception.
Obama is a member of the Democratic Party, which made the following statement on reproductive rights:
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education which empowers people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions.
The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman’s decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs. (source1, source2)
2) McCain doesn’t think women are real human beings and consequently believes women should not be allowed to have control over their own bodies.
1. McCain voted in favor of four anti-choice U.S. Supreme Court nominees: Alito, Roberts, Thomas, and Bork.
2. McCain voted in favor of six anti-choice lower-court nominees.
3. McCain voted against a resolution in support of Roe v. Wade and a woman’s constitutional right to safe and legal abortion services.
4. McCain has repeatedly voted for (and cosponsored) the Federal Abortion Ban, a law that criminalizes some abortion services, with no exception to protect a woman’s health, and carries up to a two-year prison sentence for doctors.
5. McCain said, “If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the next President of the United States, I pledge to you to be a loyal and unswerving friend of the right to life movement.”
6. McCain has never cosponsored or supported legislation that would prevent unintended pregnancy or reduce the need for abortion. (source)
McCain does not support the rights of women to have reasonable access to birth control:
- Has voted against birth control 22 times.
- Voted to terminate the Title X family planning program, which provides millions of women with birth control.
- Voted against funding teen-pregnancy prevention programs.
- Voted against requiring insurance companies that cover drugs like Viagra to also cover birth control.
Still need more convincing? Don’t let McCain play games with birth control:
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