DNC Statement on Rand Paul's #WomenBetrayed Rally

DWA Weekly Message and Clips
Week of September 7, 2015
Yesterday, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the #WomenBetrayed rally on the national mall, headlined by GOP presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul:
“It’s not Planned Parenthood that has betrayed women. It’s the Republican Party. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider that delivers safe and affordable care to women of all income levels. The Republican Party does not support women’s health care, the right to choose, equal pay, paid sick and maternity leave, or a minimum wage increase. The distinction couldn’t be more clear.”
Rand Paul
  • Supports legislation that could allow a woman to be fired from her job for the choices she makes about her reproductive health.
  • Says he would defund Planned Parenthood, which primarily provides cancer screenings, gynecological services, and routine health care for women.
Jeb Bush
  • Plans to defund Planned Parenthood like he did in Florida, an organization that serves 2.6 million women and men by giving them access to key health care services such as cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and preventive care.
  • Falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood is “not actually doing women’s health issues” and suggested that we don’t need to be spending $500 million on “women’s health issues.”
  • Jeb Bush plans to slash $11 billion in funding for community health care centers over the course of five years by repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Donald Trump
  • Would shut down the government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Has spouted disgusting and insulting comments about women, calling them fat pigs, slobs and dogs.
Scott Walker
  • Introduced legislation that would allow a doctor to withhold information about a woman’s pregnancy from her if the doctor is morally opposed to abortion.
  • Signed a budget that strips funding from women’s health clinics, including for cancer screenings, HIV testing, and routine health exams for women.
Chris Christie
  • Vetoed funding for Planned Parenthood multiple times as governor of New Jersey.
  • Made cuts to women’s health programs that led to the closure of six family centers in New Jersey.
Carly Fiorina
  • Would shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding.
  • Opposes requiring paid maternity leave and said the Lilly Ledbetter and the Paycheck Fairness Act are just “tokens” and “gestures.”
John Kasich
  • Signed budgets that restricted funding for family planning clinics, and signed legislation that has forced nearly half of Ohio’s 16 clinics to close.
Ted Cruz
  • Introduced legislation that could allow a woman to be fired from her job for the choices she makes about her reproductive health.
  • Is rallying members of the US House of Representatives to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood.
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Women in the News

Senate eyeing vote on 20-week abortion ban//The Hill
The Senate could vote this month on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, amid a continued firestorm over Planned Parenthood funding."There's going to be a number of things,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters Thursday. “Senator McConnell's already talked about some pro-life legislation he'll be filing for cloture on at the end of next week."

28 Republican Men Threaten Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood//Huffington Post
A group of 28 House Republican lawmakers, all men, are pledging to do everything in their power to defund Planned Parenthood this fall, even it means shutting down the federal government in protest.  In a letter circulated this summer by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the congressmen pledged to vote against any bill that funds the federal government if it includes money for Planned Parenthood. Congress must fund the government by Sept. 30 to avoid a shutdown.

Obama Orders Federal Contractors to Provide Workers Paid Sick Leave//New York Times
President Obama signed an executive order on Monday requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave a year, even as he accused Republican congressional leaders of endangering the economy and Republican presidential candidates of undercutting American workers.
3 Ways Women in Sports Are Going to Bat for Equal Pay//Take Part
Working women face inequality in pay across all professions, but when it comes to sports, female athletes are making plays to even the field.  Some star athletes certainly make bank. In early August, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova was reported to be the highest-paid female athlete in the world, according to Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes. She ranked No. 26, earning $29.7 million a year. But by comparison, the 28-year-old tennis star makes less than half of what Swiss tennis player Roger Federer earns. U.S. tennis player Serena Williams took the No. 47 spot, earning $24.6 million annually.
The Democratic Women's Alliance is the latest chapter in the Democratic Party’s long commitment to activating more women. DWA seeks to empower Democratic women to MOBILIZE, ENGAGE, and TRAIN each other and continue the conversation about women voters between elections.

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