Wisconsin

Senator Ron Johnson

Republican, Incumbent 

 

Senator Ron Johnson has spent his political career voting against women’s health and rights, and now he wants Wisconsin voters to give his dangerous agenda another go. We won’t let that happen.

Takes Every Opportunity to Try to Block Patients from Care at Planned Parenthood Health Centers

Instead of standing up for women in Wisconsin, Johnson took Gov. Scott Walker’s dangerous, anti-women’s health agenda to the Senate. To that end, he voted seven times to block people from accessing birth control and cancer screenings  at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Johnson also doubled down on Carly Fiorina’s lies about the discredited videos attacking Planned Parenthood. Johnson went as far as to say, 

  

“I can’t do a better job at describing them than Carly Fiorina did.”

  

We can think of more than a few “better” descriptions of Carly Fiorina’s lies, like this one: “The fact-checkers examined Fiorina’s claim and concluded that it’s the opposite of reality.”

Facts:

  • He voted against the tabling of the Blunt amendment, which would have extended the most expansive refusal provision in federal law and would have allowed employers and health insurance companies to refuse to provide coverage for birth control and any other essential or preventive health care service that they claimed an objection to.

  • In 2013, Johnson voted against reauthorization of theViolence Against Women Act(VAWA), which expanded protections to LGBTQ couples, authorized funding for sexual assault prevention, and included a provision to allow tribal courts to investigate and prosecute non-Native men who abuse Native women on reservations.

  • Whereas actual tribal leaders called VAWA a “major step forward to protect the safety of Native people,”Johnson called it an “unconstitutional expansion of tribal authority.”

Ron Johnson's Opponent: Russ Feingold, (D)

Russ Feingold proved himself to be a champion for reproductive health care when he served as a U.S. senator from 1993 through 2010 — actions that won him a 100% rating and we have no doubt that he will continue to champion women’s health and rights if elected back to the Senate.

“Well, I think Roe v. Wade, honestly, was a real tragedy.” 

-  Ron Johnson

Wants Women Who Can’t Afford Birth Control to Just “Go Online, Type It In."

Johnson has made a name for himself by supporting policies that threaten women’s health.

When it comes to birth control access, Johnson’s approach has been to block and deflect. He voted against an amendment that would have established a fund to protect women's access to health care, including primary and preventive care, family planning, and birth control.

He said he was “grateful” for the devastating Hobby Lobby decision that ruled that employers can deny any coverage of birth control to their staff,  and then voted against the legislative fix introduced to protect women’s access to birth control coverage.

He simply doesn’t understand the needs of women in this country.

  

He says ignorant, inaccurate things like this:

“First of all, nobody is taking away women’s health care benefits. Any woman in America can get free contraceptives if they can’t afford to pay for them.”

 

No, Ron. They cannot.

A classic example of this is the time Johnson was asked about his opposition to the Obamacare provision  that ensures insurance companies cover birth control for their employees.

A journalist for ThinkProgress asked Johnson to give his advice to women across the country who can’t afford birth control, and Johnson told women to just search for it on the internet:

 

JOURNALIST: What do we say to the millions of women who can’t afford access to birth control?

JOHNSON: My wife actually went online here in Wisconsin and typed in, “what if I can’t afford birth control?” Came up, bam. If you can’t afford it, you can get birth control in this country....

JOURNALIST: What do you mean, “if you can’t afford it you can get it?”

JOHNSON: You can get it. Go online, type it in. It’s easy to get.

 

One thing we know for sure is that you can't just go to Google and "bam," get health care — especially not when politicians like Johnson are trying to take that care away from you.

Supports Dangerous Anti-Abortion Policies

Johnson wants to take women back. He co-sponsored the Life at Conception Act in 2011, so-called “personhood” legislation.

These efforts are extreme and dangerous. If enacted, they could interfere with personal, private, medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion.

Ron Johnson just doesn’t get it. He has said that abortion is not an election issue in Wisconsin. Well, we have something to say right back to him: As the country faces the real threat of Roe v. Wade being overturned, you can bet it’s one of the key election issues for 2016.

Wisconsin women and families don’t deserve another six years of a senator who wants to cut their health care and doesn’t respect working families and women’s health.