Nevada

Rep. Joe Heck

RepublicanCandidate for U.S. Senate

 

Rep. Joe Heck has spent his political career voting against women’s health and rights, and now he wants to drag his dangerous agenda to the U.S. Senate.

Whether it’s blocking women from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood or ripping families apart through harmful immigration policies, Heck’s agenda has been – and continues to be – chock-full of the wrong priorities.

When Heck votes to make health care less accessible, birth control less affordable, and to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers, he is voting against the best interests of Nevadans.

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Joe Heck's Opponent: Catherine Cortez Masto, (D)

Planned Parenthood Action Fund is thrilled to help Catherine Cortez Masto make history and become the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate.

 

 

 

Joe Heck has voted eight times to block patients from care at  Planned Parenthood health centers.

Heck’s Has a Long Record of Voting to Make Health Care Less Accessible And Less Affordable For Nevadans

Heck has no problem supporting Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee for president, despite his intolerant views of Latinos, Muslims and African Americans, and his habit of openly disparaging women. Rather, Heck has said he has “high hopes” that Trump will become our country’s next president.

So when it comes to Heck’s record on the issues that most impact women and communities of color, it’s not surprising that his priorities lie elsewhere. He has actually voted against key bills and policies that would benefit women and communities of color the most.

Back when he was a state senator, Heck voted against funding for a rape crisis center and domestic violence prevention program. His campaign’s excuse was that hedidn’t have time to read the bill.

His record in the U.S. House is even worse.

Joe Heck has voted eight times to block patients from care at  Planned Parenthood health centers. In Nevada, Planned Parenthood health centers saw nearly 18,000 patients in 2014. They provided over 12,000 STI tests and provided contraception to more than 11,000 patients.

Not only does Heck want to get rid of Planned Parenthood. He also wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The ACA has allowed over 88,000 Nevadans to enroll in health care plans in 2016 and has ensured more than 55 million women in the U.S. have access to no-copay birth control through the bill’s birth control benefit… which of course, Heck also opposes. When Heck was criticized for his position opposing this benefit, he responded by saying it has "nothing to do" with women's health.

He has also voted to cut Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which now ensures over 8 million children across the U.S. are covered by health insurance.

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Thanks to the ACA, in Nevada, the uninsured rate for Latino children fell from 20 percent in 2013 to 13.3 percent in 2014 – the biggest drop in the nation.

Joe Heck Wants to Insert Himself Into A Woman’s Most Personal Decisions About Planning Her Family

In Congress, Heck cosponsored dangerous so-called “personhood” legislation that, if enacted, could interfere with medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion.

He also cosponsored a bill that would ban abortion starting at  20 weeks, with no exception for rape or incest. This law would take a deeply personal decision out of the hands of women ––who are often in unique,  complex, and sometimes life threatening situations –– and her doctor. The law didn’t stop there, it would also criminalize doctors who did not comply with the law.

Heck’s then-campaign manager defended his vote to criminalize abortions for rape and incest victims for getting an abortion by saying, “It is universally accepted that most rape victims do not wait five months to seek care.”

This insensitive “excuse” on behalf of Joe Heck is just another example of why Heck shouldn’t be involved in a decision as complicated and private as a woman deciding to end her pregnancy.

Nevada women deserve better than Joe Heck, who would impose his extreme beliefs about abortion and contraception on women and families. And luckily, we have a champion in Catherine Cortez Masto. She has vowed to fight tirelessly to protect access to reproductive health care against any attacks.