September 14, 2012

For Immediate Release

SCOTT BROWN’S SHOCKINGLY DISHONEST AD LIES TO MASSACHUSETTS WOMEN

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown released an ad that misrepresents his position, record, and agenda on the issues that matter most to women.

Transcript: Scott Brown is pro choice, and he supports a woman's right to choose. I like that Scott Brown is independent, he really thinks for himself. His record shows that he supports women, he supports families. When my daughters grow up, I want to make sure that they have good jobs with equal pay, and I know Scott Brown will fight for that. I support Scott Brown because I know he wants to get our economy moving forward again. I’m a mom, I have a family, and I know that Scott Brown will fight hard for families. [Brown] I’m Scott Brown and I approve this message.

“Scott Brown is straight-up lying to Massachusetts voters with his latest ad. Brown does not support a woman’s right to choose – his anti-choice voting record has earned him the support of an anti-choice organization in this very campaign,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “And Brown does not support equal pay for women – he actually voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Brown apparently has so little respect for Massachusetts women that he thinks his stunning dishonesty will earn him their votes. Unfortunately for Scott Brown, women are a lot smarter than that. This ad is appalling and voters know it. Brown should take it down and apologize.”

 

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Fact Check

Scott Brown is pro choice, and he supports a woman's right to choose.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life Supports Brown. On August 24, 2012 the Boston Globe reported, “The state’s leading antiabortion group said Thursday that it plans to support Senator Scott Brown’s reelection campaign, potentially undercutting the Republican’s effort this week to distance himself from his party’s support for strict antiabortion measures. ‘We consider him a senator who votes prolife,’ said Anne Fox, president of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life. ‘We have to take his word for it when he says he is prochoice. But what we’re looking for is someone who votes prolife, and he does.’” [Boston Globe, 8/24/12]

 

Brown Voted For, Sponsored Extreme Blunt Legislation. On March 1, 2012 the Senate voted down an amendment sponsored by Sen. Blunt that would have allowed employers to deny health care coverage for any moral or religious objection. The legislation was also co-sponsored by Sen. Scott Brown, who voted for the amendment. Following the vote, Brown said, “This is an issue of religious freedom. I believe it’s possible to provide women with the access to the health care they want while at the same time protecting the rights of Americans to follow their religious beliefs.” [MassLive, 3/1/12]

 

Brown Would Have Supported the Stupak Amendment. Scott Brown would have supported the controversial Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives’ health care bill.  The Amendment sought to prohibit coverage of abortions by any health insurance product subsidized in any way by the federal government.  The Associated Press reported, “Brown's staff have said he would have supported the amendment but opposed the bill because it would raise taxes.”  [The Associated Press, 11/11/09]

 

I like that Scott Brown is independent, he really thinks for himself.

Scott Brown Votes With Republican Leadership 3/4ths of the Time.

  • Scott Brown and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vote together 77% of the time.
  • Scott Brown and Senate Assistant Minority Leader Jon Kyl vote together 75% of the time.
  • Scott Brown and Republican Conference Chair John Thune vote together 75% of the time.
  • Scott Brown and NRSC Chair John Cornyn vote together 73% of the time.
  • Scott Brown and Anti-Choice Extremist Roy Blunt vote together 74% of the time.
  • Scott Brown and Republican Policy Committee Chair John Barrasso vote together 74% of the time.

[Open Congress, accessed 9/14/12]

 

His record shows that he supports women, he supports families.

Brown Would Have Supported the Stupak Amendment: Scott Brown would have supported the controversial Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives’ health care bill.  The Amendment sought to prohibit coverage of abortions by any health insurance product subsidized in any way by the federal government.  The Associated Press reported, “Brown's staff have said he would have supported the amendment but opposed the bill because it would raise taxes.”  [The Associated Press, 11/11/09]

 

Brown Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood and Other Critical Services for Women in GOP Budget. On March 9, 2011 the Senate voted down HR 1, the Republican spending plan, by a vote of 56 to 44. According to the National Women’s Law Center, the bill would have had devastating effects on women and families. The bill would do the following:

  • Would essentially stop funding for the Affordable Care Act, which forced insurance companies to stop treating women like a pre-existing condition
  • Eliminated funding for Title X, which provides funding for health  centers that serve more than 5 million low income women and men each year
  • Removed all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which serves 3 million women each year

 [NWLC, 3/30/11; HR 1, Vote 36, 3/9/11]

 

When my daughters grow up, I want to make sure that they have good jobs with equal pay, and I know Scott Brown will fight for that.

Brown Voted Against Ensuring Women Are Receiving Equal Pay. In November 2010, Brown voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. Brown voted against a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to a bill that would seek to provide comparable wages for women by requiring that employers show that any pay disparity is job-related and not based on gender. This bill passed in the House almost two years ago. The motion was rejected 58-41. [USA Today, 11/17/10; S 3772, Vote 249, 11/17/10]

 

2006: Brown Voted to Cut $224,588 From Program Supporting Minority and Women-Owned Businesses. In 2006, Brown voted to uphold “Gov. Romney’s $224,588 veto reduction (from $299,588 to $75,000) in funding for the Affirmative Market Program (AMP). Supporters of the $224,588 said that AMP promotes equality by ensuring that minority and women-owned businesses participate in and receive state contracts in many areas including construction and the delivery of goods and services.” [Sun Chronicle, 8/7/06]

 

 

In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 1,500,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 87 pro-choice, Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history. 

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