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  • mediahandlers 11:22 pm on August 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barack Obama, , georgetown law, health care decisions, Human Life Amendment, Missouri Senate, , Paul Ryan, , rape victims, , Romney, rush limbaugh, Todd Akin   

    There is a clear choice for women in this election: Stand with President Obama. 

     

    In a recent statement that was both factually inaccurate and horribly offensive, Republican Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tried to distance themselves from the remark — but the fact is they’re in lockstep with Akin on the major women’s health issues of our time. Just this morning, the Republican Party voted to include the “Human Life Amendment” in their platform, calling for a constitutional ban on abortions nationwide, even for rape victims. Several Romney supporters and advisers stood silently by while this vote took place, and the Los Angeles Times reports that the platform “was written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”

    President Obama spoke out in response to Akin’s comments: “What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.”

    This controversy is not an accident, or a mistake, or an isolated incident. It’s a reflection of a Republican Party whose policies are dangerous for women.

    There is a clear choice for women in this election: Stand with President Obama.

    I entered this national debate on women’s rights in February, when, as a Georgetown Law student, I testified before members of Congress on the issue of contraception.

    Without knowing me or my story, Rush Limbaugh called me a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his radio show.

    Many Americans stepped forward to tell me they agreed with me, and supported my right to speak out without being verbally attacked. President Obama stood with us.

    Mitt Romney, on the other hand? He didn’t even condemn the remark, instead saying only: “It’s not the language I would have used.”

    Since that moment, I’m even more resolved to continue the fight to make sure every single woman — and every man who cares about the women in his life — knows exactly what’s at stake in this election. The Republicans are frighteningly clear on these issues.

    The party platform itself includes a “salute” to states that have pushed “informed consent” laws, such as those that force women seeking an abortion to first undergo an invasive and medically unnecessary ultrasound.

    Just last year, Paul Ryan joined Todd Akin and more than 200 other Republicans in co-sponsoring legislation that would have narrowed the definition of rape, limiting which victims of rape were “legitimate” enough to receive financial assistance for access to abortion care.

    Mitt Romney famously says he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood if he had the chance. And both Romney and Ryan pledge to go back to a system where insurance companies can discriminate against women and charge us more than men for the same health insurance.

    Akin’s comments shouldn’t be surprising. But this isn’t about him — just like it was never about me.

    President Obama has told us what he’s fighting for: “I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons.”

    Republicans, led by Romney and Ryan, have made it clear that they want to make our decisions for us.

    President Obama trusts us to make our own.

    It’s as simple as that. Join me and stand with him today:

    http://my.barackobama.com/A-Clear-Choice

    Thanks,

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  • mediahandlers 3:45 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Mitt, , Paul Ryan, , Romney/Ryan administration, Russell Simmons, Vice President of the United States, White House, Working class   

    Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan, Two Men Who Will Destroy Poor America! by Russell Simmons 

    As a yogi, I never speak like this, but I have to say it. With Paul Ryan as the Vice President nominee for the Republicans, Mitt Romney has made his campaign slogan loud and clear: EVERYTHING’S FOR SALE! And all of the money that is made on everything that is sold will be made on the backs of the poor and the working class. Take away social security, take away healthcare, privatize education, cut food assistance programs, outsource another war, eliminate services for women and then hide your money in off-shore accounts so we never know how much you made! In the Romney/Ryan administration, whatever you can pay for, you will be able to get, period. And whatever they can pay for, they will be able to get, which will be everything.  I have a feeling that one of my rich friends will just buy the government and paint the White House green and make Mitt sleep in the basement. Read more:

     
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