Protecting Women’s Rights

I see the strides we’ve made over the last century, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, but in Congress, some on the far right are trying to roll back that incredible progress.

One of the wisest women I have ever known was my grandmother, Molly Bee. She was the matriarch of our large and loving family, shaping the character and values of her six children, 18 grandchildren, and even 32 great-grandchildren.

I sometimes think back on everything Molly saw during her lifetime – some of America’s finest moments and some of her darkest hours. I think back on the progress we made during her lifetime, and especially the progress for women – the 19th Amendment, Title IX, Roe v. Wade, and so much more.

I see the strides we’ve made over the last century, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish not just for women, but for everyone.

Today in Congress though, some on the far right are trying to roll back that incredible progress, trying to walk back some of those great strides.

When Republicans in Congress stand between women and their doctors, I think about what that means for my wife, my mother, my aunts, my sisters, and my nieces. There are real people hurt by these policies – people I respect, admire, and love. And when the Tea Party refuses to reauthorize the “Violence Against Women Act,” or when they pass the “Let Women Die Act,” or when they oppose equal pay for equal work, or when they limit the healthcare choices women can make, it affects the women in my life; it affects all women; it affects all Americans.

Too often, we’ve seen our representatives measure these issues in terms of votes and political gain, waffling on the important questions.

But you can count on this: you will always know exactly where I stand. I am 100 percent pro-choice. I believe equal pay for equal work is a fundamental right. And I will never stand between a woman and her best possible health care.

Molly Bee saw too much change for the better only to have us stand idly by as we move backwards.

Brad Schneider
Candidate for United States Congress - 10th District  

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Bringin' Down Briarwood September 14, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Brad could have done a better job setting up this issue. And I'll let others decide whether this is a "war" or not. But there's definitely a trend here. H*ll, I'm a dude and I see it. For those of you who need to study up on things a bit, the NY Times offered a nice quick overview in May ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/opinion/sunday/the-attack-on-women-is-real.html But I'm sure it's juuuuuuust a little coo-inky-dink that all these actions/proposals - eight by my count - are sponsored by Republicans.
SAVvyMom September 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM
The saddest part is the lack of conversation of that fetus after it leaves the womb, when it enters the world an unwanted child. Those late term pregnancies are so rarely performed and other abortions done are most often for the health of the mother or the fetus has died. THose statistics are never displayed. Also, will YOU be there to take care of the unwanted child? Tax dollars are dwindling and foster care is few. I see section 8 mothers getting pregnant just to stay in the system in my rental properties. We are all sexual and social human beings. Market the morning after pill and birth control to young and old. Offer them an incentive to use it. Offer incentives to young men to become "fixed" for a time period. We are all in this together. We are all pro-life.
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Humm- The choice that the Congressman supports is killing. If we support killing the most defenseless where do we stop as a society? The Congress and Congressmen should be voting on enacting good public policy. Good public policy does not condone killing much less use tax payer dollars to kill.


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