There is no question about it â€“ Romney’s VP Pick Paul Ryan is an anti-choice extremist.
In keeping with this anti-woman stance, Paul Ryan also voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work.
The National Right to Life Committee scored Ryanâ€™s voting record 100% [anti-woman] every year since he entered the House in 1999.
It is perfectly clear that Paul Ryan is bad for women and a womanâ€™s right to Choose. Thatâ€™s the national news.
Now letâ€™s bring it back home to Westchester and talk about Ryanâ€™s foot soldiersâ€¦
â€¦ the local candidates in Westchester who support Paul Ryan and will do whatever he says.Â
And what pro-choice voters will only find in their Bright Yellow Pro-Choice Voting Guide â€“ if there is one this year â€“ because we cover the local candidates.Â (Remember, we need your help to distribute the bright yellow ProChoice Voting Guide this election year!Â Please, make a contribution today. Â This election may very well define our future.) [Click Here to Contribute.]
Letâ€™s start with good olâ€™ Nan Hayworth who claimed to be pro-choice when she ran in 2010 and now just two years in office has become the poster child for Ryanâ€™s anti-choice extremist organization The National Right to Life Committee.
In her term in office, Hayworth has co-sponsored 2 of the anti-choice extremists’ bills, and voted in support of just about all of them. (She only voted against one, and â€˜presentâ€™ for another.)
The anti-choice zealots at the National Right to Life love her so much that they gave her an 80% approval rating. That means Haworth VOTED AGAINST YOU AND ME 80% of the time.
Nan Hayworth calls extremist Paul Ryan â€œa friendâ€, â€œa teacher and mentorâ€ and â€œa leader with a vision.â€Â
Hayworth has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Paul Ryan on just about every anti-choice vote including:
â–º Supporting the â€˜Let Women Die Actâ€™;
â–º Cutting of all funding to Planned Parenthood and Title X;
â–º Banning of abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges;
â–º Imposing of a tax on any business or individual who purchases private Â health plans that include abortion coverage; and
â–º Permanently denying low-income women, civil servants, and military women access to abortion services, even in emergency situations.
In addition, Hayworth is on the record with Choice Matters as being totally in support of the horrific Stupack amendment which came up for a vote before she took office.
Nan Hayworth lied to New Yorkâ€™s residents to get elected in 2010 and she is doing it again.Â Hayworth has made it perfectly clear that she will stand 100% with Paul Ryanâ€”against women, against Choice, against seniors, against Medicare â€” and we must show her that we will NOT tolerate her lies and stand strong and 100% against Nan Hayworth come November!
Nan Hayworth is being challenged by a strong ally of all pro-choice groups and coalitions–our advocate Sean Patrick Maloney–in the 18 CD.
Another Anti-Woman/Anti-Choice Face in a local Congressional Race that has eluded the national radar is Joe Carvin who is running on the Republican and Conservative lines and challenging one of the greatest pro-choice advocates in the House of Representative – staunchly pro-choice Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Carvin openly declared, â€œPaul is my hero. Iâ€™m running because Paul Ryan needs help. Paul Ryan is my hero.â€
Whatâ€™s that say about Carvin?
Joe Carvin tries to present a positive picture, but in reality he is an anti-choice conservative who will flip flop to gain extremist support.
Carvin is on the record — Carvin wants to place a lot of restrictions on a womanâ€™s right to obtain a safe and legal abortion.Â Yet, he claims to be â€˜pro-choiceâ€™ because he knows that in Westchester we vote this issue.
But Carvin isnâ€™t quite sure on where he stands on funding for Planned Parenthood (even though all funding goes to preventative care like contraception and cancer screening) given his hero, Paul Ryan, voted to cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood and the Title X family planning program.Â And Carvin refused to stand up for women seeking safe access to reproductive health care right here in Westchester!
Carvin said that social issues [like abortion and contraception] are distraction from fundamental ones. (Again, it boils down to the idea that women and our â€œsocial issuesâ€ are just a distraction to the right wing!)
If elected, there is no doubt that Carvin will do exactly what Paul Ryan asks him to, just like Nan Hayworth has already done.
Remember: There will be no bright yellow ProChoice voting guide in your mailbox this election year unless we can raise $33,000 by September 30th.
Paul Ryan is staunchly anti-choice. Ryan on Ryan: “I’m as pro-life as a person gets.â€
â–ºRyan voted 59 times against abortion and other reproductive rights issues which was as often as he could while in the House.
â–ºRyan opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act and the Right to Life Act, both of which claim that life begins at the moment of fertilization.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored the Federal Abortion Ban,Â which would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade and make performing an abortion a criminal offense for physicians, punishable by two years in prison.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored the so-called â€˜No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,â€™ a bill that would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges,Â impose a tax on any business or individual who purchases private health plans that include abortion coverage, and permanently deny low-income women, civil servants, and military women access to abortion services, even in emergency situations.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored and voted for the â€˜Let Women Die Actâ€™ that would allow hospitals to let women to die even in emergency circumstances if saving her life meant allowing her to have an abortion. This bill would have also used supposed â€œconscienceâ€ clauses to deny women access to other preventative health care services such as contraception.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored several fetal â€œpersonhoodâ€ bills, that if passed would not only outlaw all abortions, but ban use of various methods of contraception as well as in-vitro fertilization and stem cell research.
â–ºRyan voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family planning program; this funding cannot be used for abortion but for preventative reproductive health services and screenings which saving taxpayer dollars, prevent unintended pregnancies, and abortions.
â–ºRyan voted for the infamous Stupak amendment, the proposal to deny abortion coverage to women in state health-insurance exchanges,Â even if women purchased insurance with exclusively their own money.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored a bill requiring women to submit to a forced ultrasound before receiving an abortion, even if it is against both her will and her physicianâ€™s professional recommendation.
â–ºRyan repeatedly voted to make it a criminal offense for anyone other than a parent â€“ including a grandparent, adult sibling or even religious counselor â€“ to accompany a young woman across state lines for abortion care, when home state parental notification mandates could not be met.
â–ºRyanÂ repeatedly voted to deny women in the military the ability to use their own funds to pay for an abortion at a military hospital, whether at home or while fighting abroad– where abortion is less likely to be safe or accessible.
â–ºRyan repeatedly voted against international family planning programs.
â–ºRyan repeatedly voted to deny federal employees the right to choose health insurance that includes abortion coverage.
â–ºRyan voted against contraceptive equity for federal employees â€“ a law that would require birth control to be treated like every other prescription medication.**
And the list goes on
(**Special thanks to Republican Majority for Choice for help compiling this list.)