Hello, I am Susan Bevan, National Co-Chair of the Republican Majority for Choice. I am a pro-choice Republican – and I am ALSO “pro-life” – having had children that I very much wanted. What I am NOT, is anti-choice, or merely pro-BIRTH. I am thrilled to follow my friend Richard Blumenthal, the Senator from my state of Connecticut – and equally pleased to be preceding Senator Patty Murray, a Senator from the beautiful state where I was raised, the “other” Washington.
My Co-Chair, Candy Straight, and I were joined by twenty current and former Republican officeholders in filing our amicus brief. The officeholders who joined us have, combined, served more than 250 years in office and have dedicated their careers to protecting their constituents’ personal freedoms. For over twenty-five years, Republican Majority for Choice has supported pro-choice Republican candidates, worked with pro-choice Republican legislators and fought for the real Republican ideal of a small, less burdensome government that trusts its people to decide what is best for them. RMC urges Republican leaders to look forward – to learn the facts and focus on SOLUTIONS, not obstructions or reversals.
A basic American axiom is that our citizens have the right to be free from unwarranted government interference. Individual liberty was always thought to be central to the philosophy of the Republican Party. In fact, the 2012 Republican platform said: “TRUST the people. LIMIT government.” These ideals cannot be applied in some instances and ignored in others. They must extend to all policy areas, including social issues.
There is no doubt – abortion is controversial and divisive – an issue where people of good conscience disagree. Nonetheless, Government must protect this right and cannot mandate a singular “moral” code or particular set of religious beliefs. No matter how deeply legislators hold those individual views, their position does not grant them license to impose their beliefs upon American citizens. Facts matter – and laws matter.
An ideologically motivated legislation such as HB2 designed to deny a woman’s right to choose is antithetical to the core American philosophy that only through small, less-intrusive government will ALL individual rights be honored and preserved.
No matter what your politics are, we must respect constitutional rights and settled law. Thank you.
RMC in the News: An Important Op-Ed on Protecting our Constitutional Right of Unwanted Government IntrusionPosted: November 18, 2015
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Republican Senators Kirk and Collins Fight for Critical Family Planning Programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mallory Schwarz
WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2015) – Republican Majority for Choice has condemned the recent efforts by members of both Houses to make devastating cuts to critical family planning and teen pregnancy prevention programs. Today, we applaud Republican Senators Mark Kirk (IL) and Susan Collins (ME) for sponsoring, and Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Lamar Alexander (TN) for voting in favor of, an amendment to the FY2016 Labor-HHS appropriations funding bill that would have restored funding to the Title X family planning program.
While the amendment was not ultimately successful, we are grateful for the Senators’ willingness to put solutions and facts first. Previous cuts to Title X resulted in over 600,000 individuals losing access to preventive health care from 2010 to 2013. The Kirk-Collins amendment would have restored the proposed 10% cut – $28.7 million, returning the budget to FY2015 levels.
“It is outrageous that Republican leaders can claim to care about the bottom line and then blatantly disregard the cost-savings of these proven programs,” said RMC National Co-Chair Susan Bevan. “Forty eight percent of all births in the U.S. are paid for by Medicaid. With many of these pregnancies being unintended, the socially and fiscally responsible thing to do is broaden access to contraceptives for all women. Publicly-funded contraceptives, as provided by Title X, cost $239 annually, but one Medicaid-covered birth costs $12,770— nearly fifty times more.”
“Senators Kirk and Collins exemplified the real GOP value of fiscal responsibility,” said RMC National Co-Chair Candace Straight. “Title X is the only federally funded family planning program and it prevents 1.1 million unintended pregnancies a year, saving Americans nearly $7 billion each year in related costs. Title X prevents nearly 400,000 abortions each year. Cuts to these programs will lead us down the wrong path toward increases in teen pregnancy, unintended pregnancy and abortion. This is about as UN-Republican as it gets!”
Family planning and teen pregnancy prevention programs are still at risk. The FY2016 budget proposal also included a devastating 80% cut to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), an evidence- based program that has proven to change teen behavior and delay first intercourse. These cuts are misguided and fiscally irresponsible and will harm programs that save billions in long term spending.
RMC’s main priority is protecting critical family planning funding. It is time for real Republicans to put facts before moral grandstanding. Pregnancy prevention programs are exactly the kind of fiscally conservative, family-first policies that Republicans should take the lead on. We encourage members of the House and Senate to protect these cost-effective preventive health programs.
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Massachusetts Live (Boston, MA)
Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is proposing a $300,000 increase for the Department of Public Health to offer contraceptive services to women potentially affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling.
The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)
A fight over the future of the state legislature’s ability to overreach into women’s health issues in Tennessee is moving into high gear as supporters and opponents of Amendment 1 aim for multimillion-dollar fundraising goals.
RMC in the News:
Toledo Blade (Toledo, OH)
In Ohio, Republicans’ so-called “war on women” has been redefined beyond health-care issues, but it still remains to be seen whether the tactic will bring out female voters in droves this November. RMC member Joan Lawrence said, “I don’t think [the issue] is helping Republicans with women in the party.” “It’s certainly not helping with me. It’s just really sad that the party that believes in limited government has decided that government is appropriate in the case of reproduction,” Ms Lawrence said.
In a time when our country continues to face economic hardship and our government skates by from one standoff to the next, extremists in the U.S. House of Representatives are taking action… to control women’s personal healthcare decisions.
The House is voting on H.R. 7 this afternoon and we need to join together as mainstream Republicans and speak out against this misleading bill today. Sign the petition NOW and let the House know that we will not tolerate this enormous government overreach!
Take a look at the facts and the truth is all too clear: H.R. 7 is big government at its absolute worst. H.R. 7 claims to stop taxpayer funding of abortion, but any such funding has been banned since 1976. So what does H.R. 7 really do?
Fact: H.R. 7 doesn’t codify existing law as claimed by anti-choice supporters, it goes so much further to restrict individual rights and increase medical costs for families.
Fact: Sponsors of H.R. 7 have stated that their goal is make insurance coverage, including private insurance plans, for women’s reproductive health more difficult to obtain – even when families are using their OWN funds to pay for insurance.
Fact: H.R. 7 will interfere with millions of private insurance plans, punishing individuals and businesses for choosing the most comprehensive healthcare in the private market.
Fact: H.R. 7 will increase taxes for women and small businesses.
It’s time for real Republicans to stand up and let single-issue fanatics know that they don’t control our party or our private lives.