Linda McMahon maintains she’s for women’s rights. After all, she says, “I am a woman.” Sorry Linda, but that’s not enough.
Where does Linda really stand on women’s issues?
A self-proclaimed pro-choice Republican, her position favors the well off. For although she is pro-choice, she is also for cutting Federal funding for abortions in the case of rape and incest leaving no protection for poor and victimized women.
She would support the Blunt Amendment allowing employers to refuse covering birth control in employee health care plans. “There are plenty of other opportunities for women to get birth control,” Linda says. They can get it for $4.00 at Planned Parenthood.” Not only is this statement ironic given her own Party has sworn to put Planned Parenthood out-of-business but it’s also untrue. McMahon ’s statements are inaccurate, says Judy Tabar, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood, Southern New England. Many women even with insurance have co-payments of $30 a month and others can pay up to $600 annually for birth control.
Even fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski – by all accounts a moderate Republican in the style that McMahon would like to portray herself - admits she regrets having voted for the Amendment.
McMahon’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act will deny thousands of Connecticut women (130,000 women were without insurance in 2009) the protections and benefits it provides. Services like mammograms, breastfeeding support and counseling, birth control, well women visits, all provided without co-pays or deductibles.
Tabar says, and rightfully so, women need to support candidates who believe women, not politicians, should decide their personal medical decisions and who’ll work to further, not limit, their access to affordable, quality health care. Linda McMahon is not one of them.