Murphy, National Women’s Rights Advocate Discuss Linda McMahon’s Extreme Policies for CT Women

October 09 2012

ROCKY HILL – Chris Murphy and Amy Taylor, National Political Director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, joined Connecticut reporters on a conference call today to discuss the clear contrast between Murphy’s record of fighting for women’s rights and former wrestling CEO Linda McMahon’s support for extreme anti-women’s health policies. Just yesterday, as McMahon continued scrambling to distort her radical positions on women’s issues, Connecticut’s leading anti-choice conservative, Peter Wolfgang, announced: “I’m still voting for Linda because her victory could mean the end of Roe v. Wade.”

“Throughout this campaign, I’ve been saying what Connecticut voters know, which is that Linda McMahon would be a voice for right-wing Republicans in Washington who want to take away health care options for women here in Connecticut,” Murphy said.  “She may pretend to be pro-choice, but she’s not. She would empower right wing Republicans in Washington who would stop at nothing to overturn Roe v. Wade, and she is a supporter of the Blunt Amendment, which is an extreme, right wing plan that would allow employers to deny coverage for birth control, for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings to their female employees.”

“McMahon has said that she would support stripping Planned Parenthood…and when asked at the debate on Sunday whether she would vote against a Supreme Court justice who opposed a woman’s right to choose, she would not commit,” said Murphy.  “What did Linda McMahon tell Peter Wolfgang that makes him so confident that she would be a voice to overturn Roe v. Wade? We know from the debate that she would be open to confirming a pro-life Supreme Court justice, so did she tell that to Peter Wolfgang?”

“She needs to be clear with the people of Connecticut why Peter Wolfgang is so sure that Linda McMahon’s election to the Senate could result in the overturn of Roe v. Wade.” 

Taylor told reporters that a McMahon victory would jeopardize the life-saving preventive health services that more than 60,000 Connecticut women rely on each year.  Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the leading advocate for Planned Parenthood health centers.

“Linda McMahon has said that if she had been in the Senate, she would have voted for the Blunt Amendment, so she would have essentially said that your boss could decide whether your birth control and other services could be covered by your insurance plan,” said Taylor.  “After listening to some of the things that Linda McMahon has said on the campaign trail, I’m extremely concerned what having Linda in the U.S. Senate would mean for women who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers.”

“McMahon has said that she would be open to partially eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood health centers,” said Taylor.  “Planned Parenthood’s health centers in Connecticut see 62,000 people for services like birth control, breast exams and STI tests and treatments, so we have to really wonder what part of that would Linda McMahon get rid of.”

Linda McMahon’s campaign has desperately scrambled to distort her anti-choice positions, beginning with her controversial support for the notorious Blunt Amendment, legislation supported by Washington Republicans to deny women coverage for birth control, mammograms, and cervical cancer screenings.  McMahon, who made millions demeaning women on national television, has refused to say that she would vote against Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, and is open to partially eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood health centers

In a Hartford Courant column last week, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards also spoke out against McMahon’s extreme support for right-wing, anti-women’s health policies:  “Women cannot believe that in 2012 we have to fight over whether birth control should be covered by insurance.  But that's exactly what's happening — and Linda McMahon has made it clear that she stands with Mitt Romney and the tea party, against women getting coverage for birth control.”