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Voting Guide 2018

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20-Week Abortion Ban is in the Senate

Today the United States Senate will vote on whether to restrict a woman’s right to choose to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. With only a slim Republican majority, the bill is unlikely to pass – but that’s not why Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has brought it to the floor. He is using it as a political maneuver.

Here in New York, we have Senators Schumer and Gillibrand on our side – we know that we can count on them to vote to protect a woman’s right to choose.

But as the crucial 2018 midterms approach, this 20-week ban vote serves as a political ploy, to keep candidates in red states scared to vote against the GOP agenda – access to abortion services in those states is a constant battle. This vote is simply a means of politicizing women’s right to reproductive health care, so that anti-choice conservatives can claim to be [sic] “pro-life” come November.

Three Democrats have stated that they will be voting in favor of the ban- Senators Joe Manchin (West Virgina), Joe Donnelly (Indiana), and Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania.)

Come this November, the Blue Wave we saw here in Westchester County and as far south as Alabama must remember: A candidate that does not support Abortion Access is an Anti-Woman candidate. Anti-Choice Democrats are not true Democrats who support the pro-choice plank of the Democratic Party Platform, and they need to be kicked out of office alongside those GOP colleagues who vote against Choice.

This bill is the first federal legislative strike against Roe v. Wade of 2018. It won’t be the last. We must stay vigilant and make sure that the truth rings loud and clear: Abortion Access is Our Constitutional Right.

The GOP Goes on the offense, The Hill

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#ImWithHer

Every year, at every election, and especially presidential ones, we say, “This is the most important one ever.” BUT THIS YEAR, IT TRULY IS.

On November 9th, we could wake up to having elected Hillary Clinton President, a Pro-Choice U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and a Pro-Choice New York State Senate. Or we can awake to the most fascistic government this country has ever known, resembling Germany in August 1934 when Adolph Hitler was elected führer.

That is not an exaggeration! We have had anti-choice presidents before who catered to their zealot constituents; but we’ve never had one who shunned any vestige of governmental protocol, knew absolutely nothing about the balance of power or government structure, allied himself with Russia, and let “hate” be his guiding light, consistently demonizing and belittling Mexicans, Muslims, immigrants, women, the disabled, and other groups – and who blatantly embraced rape culture. At his rallies, Trump whips his followers into a frenzy, inciting violence, by declaring he will imprison his political opponents; and then he sits back, enjoying their chants of, “Hang her in the streets.” Just as in 1934 Germany, Trump eviscerates anyone or anything that gets in his way, and his supporters love it.

No State is safe.
State governments are already well on their way to criminalizing abortion, and women are already dying – not in the proverbial streets, but rather in semi-public places and apartments, using herbs and teas that provoke abortion and hemorrhaging, as well as sharp objects that offer the promise of affordability but instead deform or kill.

People incorrectly think that there is no problem for women in New York State. They mistakenly consider NY a safe healthcare haven. The reality, however, is quite different. 53% of NY counties have no abortion clinics and the number of abortion providers is decreasing every year. Outside of New York City, to get an abortion past 16 weeks is dramatically more difficult. Women have to travel to the City or Westchester to terminate, plus figure out how they will afford a three-day procedure, including housing, food, etc. – not to mention missing work, school and leaving their families. After 24 weeks, it is virtually impossible to terminate here. NY’s law was written before Roe v. Wade and does not provide the full constitutional protection guaranteed by Roe. If a woman’s health is at risk or something goes wrong in her pregnancy after 24 weeks, she must seek care outside of NY because State law does not allow a doctor to provide abortion coverage.

It is quite literally now or never.
Trump has promised to appoint only anti-choice extremists to the U.S. Supreme Court who will overturn Roe. His running mate, Mike Pence, has declared, “We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.” Both Trump and Pence have made clear they believe women who have abortions should be punished. As governor, Pence signed legislation into law that does just that. Both men oppose both equal pay and a minimum wage. Trump has pledged to make the Hyde Amendment permanent and sign an unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban into law. He has assembled an advisory board whose members even oppose many forms of birth control. The head of the board, Marjorie Dannenfelser, is president of the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List. Another member, Tony Perkins, is a supporter of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens Louisiana Chapter and head of the anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council which has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The National Right to Life PAC has endorsed Trump and Pence because of their extreme anti-choice agenda.

That said, we have the opportunity to elect THE BEST advocate women have ever had – Hillary Clinton. She has been an outspoken leader for women’s comprehensive reproductive rights her entire life. She has stood up, and refused to be shut up, for all the things that have mattered – equal pay, paid sick leave, economic justice, Title IX and X, and more. She helped pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which covers more than 8 million children. She fights for the rights of the disabled and the elderly. Hillary understands what it means to care for your children while caring for your parents.

You have the chance to do something really big. Please, don’t sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else to do the heavy lifting. Get out there. Talk with everyone about why they must vote for Hillary Clinton on November 8th. There’s no time to waste!

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2016 Voting Guide

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Hillary’s Accomplishments

A popular refrain from the anti-Hillary brigade is to claim that Hillary Clinton has no accomplishments to her name. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Below is a list compiled by CandaceTX  for the Daily Kos back in September 2015. Imagine how much longer this list will be on November 9th, 2016!

Also visit Hillary Clinton Resume, Age and Professional Accomplishments
and What Every Woman Should Know About Hillary Clinton (And Probably Already Does)

Now, when some fool says, “Vote for her? Why?” Tell him!

“•First ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley College.
•President of the Wellesley Young Republicans
•Intern at the House Republican Conference
•Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School
•Editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action
•Appointed to Senator Walter Mondale’s Subcommittee on Migratory Labor.
•Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
•Staff attorney for Children’s Defense Fund
•Faculty member in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
•Former Director of the Arkansas Legal Aid Clinic.
•First female chair of the Legal Services Corporation
•First female partner at Rose Law Firm.
•Former civil litigation attorney.
•Former Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
•twice listed by The National Law Journal as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America
•Former First Lady of Arkansas.
•Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983
•Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession
•twice named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America
•created Arkansas’s Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth
•led a task force that reformed Arkansas’s education system
•Board of directors of Wal-Mart and several other corporations
•Instrumental in passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
•Promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses
•Successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health
•Worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War (now recognized as Gulf War Syndrome)
•Helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice
•Initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act
•First FLOTUS in US History to hold a postgraduate degree
•Traveled to 79 countries during time as FLOTUS
•Helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.
•Served on five Senate committees:
-Committee on Budget (2001–2002)
-Committee on Armed Services (2003–2009)
-Committee on Environment and Public Works (2001–2009)
-Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2001–2009)
-Special Committee on Aging.
•Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
•Instrumental in securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment
•Leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders.
•In the aftermath of September 11th, she worked closely with her senior Senate counterpart from New York, Sen. Charles Schumer, on securing $21.4 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
• Middle East ceasefire. In November 2012, Secretary of State Clinton brokered a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.
•Introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games.
•First ex-FLOTUS in US History to be elected to the United States Senate (and re-elected)
•Two-term New York Senator
-(senate stats here: https://www.govtrack.us/…)
-(voting record here: http://votesmart.org/…)
•Former US Secretary of State
•GRAMMY Award Winner
•Author”

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A Right-Wing Religious Fanatic’s Voting Record

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Trump’s Running Mate, Governor of Indiana Mike Pence

Pence’s record as Governor (2012 to the present):
*Signed into law every anti-abortion anti-reproductive rights piece of legislation that has crossed his desk.
*Outlawed all abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with a disability (such as Down syndrome). Providers who perform such abortions could be sued for wrongful death. Pregnant women were required to view the fetal ultrasound and hear the heartbeat at least 18 hours before an abortion. Providers or individuals in possession of aborted or miscarried fetal matter were required to cremate or bury it, and the transferring or collecting fetal tissue became a felony.
*Refused to comply with Obama administration rules aimed at reducing prison rape.
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Signed into law the most extreme bill permitting business owners to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers due to their religious beliefs, thus allowing religion to be used as an excuse for other forms of discrimination.

Pence’s record in Congress (2000 – 2012):
*Authored the first bill to block federal funds from Planned Parenthood.
*Voted twice against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and once against the Paycheck Fairness Act;
*Co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act which was aimed at redefining the rape exemption in a ban on federal abortion funding to “forcible rape.”
*Co-sponsored an amendment that would have prohibited same-sex marriage.
*Voted against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act aimed at preventing job discrimination based on sexual orientation and opposed a bill aimed at more effectively prosecuting hate crimes based on sexual orientation.
*Voted against the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
*Voted against expanding health coverage for low-income kids.
*Voted against raising the minimum wage.
*Opposed additional funding for Section 8 vouchers that help low-income families pay rent.

FYI – In Indiana:
Hoosier women make $.75 on the dollar to men.
Indiana ranks 41st of all states and the District of Columbia in pay equity.

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Why We Stand with Hillary Clinton!

ProChoice Voter  is proud to announce its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

Hillary Clinton is the first presidential candidate in years, and possibly the only one ever, who counts women’s health among her top priorities. Her words translate into action, and her leadership translates into results.  Hillary is the only candidate who has made women’s reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign.

Hillary Clinton has: 

  1.  Spoken out against the nomination of anti-choice judges;
  2.  Opposed legislation that would take away women’s legal protections;
  3.  Co-sponsored legislation to suspend the global gag rule;
  4.  Stood up to the Bush Administration to win approval for access to emergency contraception, waging a three-year battle to make Plan B contraception available over the counter to those in need;
  5.  Sponsored the Prevention First Act to expand family planning services to low-income women and require health insurance companies to cover contraception; and
  6.  Championed legislation to ensure that rape victims receive the medical care they need. (For more information on Hillary’s lengthy list of accomplishments, visit: Correct the Record and Politico.)

Why we say “no” to Bernie Sanders: His campaign says, and he says, that he is 100% pro-choice.  ProChoice Voter believes that but  — and it is a Big But — he is Not A Leader.

With Hillary Clinton, we have the opportunity to put Choice and women back in the game, center stage. We need a Leader – not someone (Bernie Sanders) who referred to Trump’s statement that women should be punished for having abortions as a “distraction” from “a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America.” [1] (Please note: all three Republican candidates want to make abortion illegal.)

At a time when one Supreme Court justice seat is open and possibly two more Supreme Court justices may retire, it is more important than ever that we elect a president who considers women’s reproductive health a top-tier issue.  We firmly believe that former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton is that person!

Stand with Hillary!

Remember the Democratic Primary in New York State is Tuesday, April 19th.  Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

[1] CNN Politics http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/31/politics/donald-trump-abortion-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders/

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