What year is this?
It’s 2012, right? We’re having a presidential election in the year 2012 – not 1956, or 1856 for that matter. Right?!
You wouldn’t know it based off the amendment offered today by Sen. Blunt and co-sponsored by Sen. Scott Brown, which would allow your boss to make your private medical decisions for you and decide what kind of health care coverage you received. That is simply un-American. The core of our democracy is individual liberty – that means making our own choices to be healthy and successful.
Today’s vote goes so far beyond birth control – employers and corporations could decide to deny any kind of coverage to workers for any reason they wanted. This could mean no birth control, no mental health coverage, no life-saving cervical cancer vaccines - for any reason.
Women and men everywhere should be outraged at this attack on American values. This country was built on individual freedom to reach the American dream – and that means making our own economic and family decisions.
If Missouri and Massachusetts knew that instead of the promised focus on jobs, this was the kind of leadership they could expect from Roy Blunt, Scott Brown and the Republicans, you can bet Election Day 2010 would have looked a lot different. Today’s battle only underscores the need to send more pro-choice Democratic women to Washington so we can fight these attacks on our liberty at the source. Democratic women in Congress are standing up to the right and their regressive agenda – and EMILY’s List is ready to send them reinforcements in November.