“I can’t do a better job at describing them than Carly Fiorina did.”
Senator Ron Johnson
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.
“Well, I think Roe v. Wade, honestly, was a real tragedy.”
“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.”
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.
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.