Pro-Women's Health Republicans
Republicans are speaking up and taking action in support of women’s health — here is a look into what news makers are saying and what activists are doing across the country! Check back often for more updates.
Quotes from Republicans:
In 1969, then-Representative George H. W. Bush proclaimed, “We need to make family planning a household word.” And, President Richard Nixon led the charge, pushing for Congress to increase funding for family planning, “No American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.” The Republican Party is a big tent with a proud history of defending individual rights, and they should continue this proud tradition by supporting women’s right to make their own health care choices.
Republicans have a long history of supporting women’s health and quite a few were outspoken advocates. Check out what they had to say in the quotes below:
Then-Representative George H.W. Bush:
“I introduced legislation earlier this year which would provide federal funds for research in family planning devices and increased services to people who need them but cannot afford them. We must help our young people become aware of the fact that families can be planned and that there are benefits economically and socially to be derived from small families.”
(George Bush to Mrs. Jim Hunter, Jr., Oct. 23, 1970 [Virginia B. Whitehill Papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University].)
Rep. Robert Dold:
“Nearly 70 percent of the individuals who utilize Title X funding are at or below the federal poverty level. This is why we must work to affirmatively protect access for the millions of women who receive health care through Title X participants.” [Talking Points Memo, 5/9/12]
Rep. Richard Hanna:
“Women’s issues and women’s rights have been at the forefront of what I have worked on my whole life. It’s important to remind people women don’t get equal pay for equal work, and some households are run by just women.” [Post-Standard, 3/24/12]
President Richard Nixon:
"It is clear that the domestic family planning services supported by the Federal Government should be expanded and better integrated," he wrote. "It is my view that no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition." [Special Message to Congress, 7/18/69]
NY Gov. George Pataki:
On requiring companies to cover birth control in their health insurance plans: “It is an extremely important bill that will provide very important health benefits to women across New York State”. [New York Times, 12/31/02]
Sen. Olympia Snowe:
“And now it comes to contraceptive coverage,” said Snowe. “You know, it really is surprising, because I feel like it’s a retro debate. It took place in the 1950s. It’s sort of ‘Back to the Future,’ isn’t it? And it’s surprising in the 21st century that we would be revisiting this issue.” [Seattle PI, 4/3/12]
Republican candidate for president, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani:
“I believe the best way we can have common ground in this debate that you’re hearing is if we put our emphasis on reducing abortion and increasing the number of adoptions, which is something that I did as mayor of New York City. But I think ultimately that decision that has to be made is one that government shouldn’t make. Ultimately, a woman should make that with her conscience and ultimately with her doctor.” [Remarks from the GOP Iowa debate, 4/5/07]
Now, more than ever it is important for Republicans to speak up for women’s health and let our leaders know that it is important that we protect the individual rights of women and their families to make their own private medical decisions.
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