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From Ohio Progressive: McCain's War on Women

John McCain is often painted as a moderate.

But where does he really stand on issues that affect women?

McCain's Senate record may surprise you. From equal pay to domestic violence programs, from sex education to the fundamental question of what conversations a woman may or may not have with her doctor, McCain is no moderate.

McCain's War on Equal Pay

  • McCain skipped a recent vote on Equal Pay, and said that instead of legislation allowing women to fight for equal pay, they simply need "education and training." (Women are currently paid less than men for the same work, even when they have the same Educationand training as men). [Source]

McCain's War on Birth Control

  • McCain has never cosponsored or supported legislation that would reduce the need for abortion by preventing unintended pregnancy [Source]
  • McCain voted against requiring insurance companies that pay for prescription drugs (like Viagra) to pay equally for women's prescription birth control [Source]
  • McCain voted for the domestic & global gag rules, which prohibit federally funded family-planning clinics from giving women full information about their reproductive health options [Source]

McCain's War on Women's Health

  • McCain voted to terminate the Title X family planning program, which provides millions of women with health care services ranging from birth control to breast & cervical cancer screenings [Source]
  • McCain voted to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an organization that provides family planning services - not abortion - for the world's poorest women [Source]

McCain's War on Sex Education

  • McCain voted against funding teen pregnancy prevention programs and against ensuring that "abstinenceonly" programs are at least medically accurate [Source]
  • McCain voted to earmark onethird of all HIV/AIDS prevention funds for ineffective, unproven, and dangerous "abstinenceonly" programs [Source]
  • McCain voted to take $75 million from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to establish a new "abstinenceonly" program that censors information about birth control [Source]

McCain's War on Choice

  • Voted anti-choice 125 out of 130 times in his congressional career [Source]
  • Voted in favor of anti-choice Supreme Court Justices like Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas and Chief Justices like John Roberts [Source]
  • McCain routinely votes to block women's access to abortion care for low-income women, voted for the Federal Abortion Ban, and opposed federal Medicaid funds for abortion even in cases of rape or incest.[Source]
  • McCain voted to deny abortion services to U.S. military women serving overseas, even when they wish to pay for such services with their own money [Source]
  • McCain's War on Domestic Violence Programs

  • Voted against a measure to increase funding for law enforcement programs, including the Office of Violence Against Women programs and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children [Source]
  • Opposed grant programs to aid children who have witnessed domestic violence [Source]


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