These Mainstream Republicans Need to Hear from You!Posted: July 17, 2014
Politicians from both sides continue to treat family planning not as a personal medical issue but as a political one. This week, Democrats and Republicans are once again competing for the spotlight – and for women’s votes – with two bills in the Senate that claim to increase women’s access to preventive family planning. But with little chance of compromise on either side, it should be no surprise that neither bill will pass.
But we haven’t given up hope– and neither should you!
Yesterday, mainstream Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK), Susan Collins, (ME), and Mark Kirk (IL) voted to continue discussion on legislation that would ensure women still have access to insurance coverage for preventive healthcare, should they want it. Even with the support of these Senators, this bill did not get enough votes to move forward. Politicians from both sides continue to treat family planning not as a personal medical issue but as a political one.
Senator Murkowski issued a statement saying she is still opposed to the problematic and expensive Affordable Care Act – but that this vote is consistent with her long-held belief that women should have access to affordable birth control. These mainstream Republicans understand that contraception is a fundamental part of reproductive healthcare and one that empowers women to take responsibility for themselves and their families. While both sides continue to use women’s health as a political tool, these Real Republicans truly put prevention over politics.
Join RMC in publicly thanking these brave Senators who are not afraid to reach across the aisle to protect women’s access to preventive healthcare!
“Thank you for voting to advance Senate Bill 2578, the “Not My Boss’ Business Bill,” and for recognizing that birth control is a fundamental part of preventive healthcare!”
Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665
Senator Susan Collins (ME) 202-224-2523
Senator Mark Kirk (IL) 202-224-2854