Release: As GOP Convention Kicks Off, Would McMahon Vote for Anti-Woman, Anti-Choice Leadership?August 27 2012
ROCKY HILL—As the GOP prepares to kick off its convention in Tampa this week, National Republicans are poised to adopt a party platform that bans abortions even in the case of rape and incest, and in the wake of the hideous comments made by Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon must face hard questions about whether she would choose to empower this agenda if elected to the U.S. Senate.
“Connecticut families deserve to know: will Linda McMahon join her party and vote in favor of the anti-choice, anti-birth control leadership if she is elected to the Senate?" said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “If she won't commit to voting against anti-choice, anti-woman Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell and Roy Blunt, then a vote for Linda McMahon is a vote to end a woman's right to choose and to end legal birth control."
Senate Republican leadership has made no secret of their desire to select Supreme Court justices that will overturn Roe v. Wade and enact legislation to ends federal support for birth control and family planning.
Here’s how the Senate Republican leadership scores on women’s issues according to scorecards compiled by Planned Parenthood:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): 0%
Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD): 0%
Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO): 0%
Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy: 100%
Lavender added, “Linda McMahon has spent the last three years waffling on women's health issues. She supports repealing Connecticut's law to require insurance coverage for birth control, she covets the endorsement of the right wing, anti-choice Family Institute, and now she supports repealing the ban of treating gender as a pre-existing condition. Now more than ever, women and families across Connecticut deserve to know whose agenda would be empowered in Washington before they cast their ballots in November.”