Missouri

Senator Roy Blunt

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Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri really wants to make it harder for women to access affordable health care.

The Affordable Care Act, for the first time ever, ensured that crucial preventive health care services for women  — such as birth control, diabetes screenings, and maternity care, like breastfeeding counseling — were covered by insurance plans at no extra cost.

Tens of millions of women across the country became eligible for these new preventive health services with no co-pay. But Sen. Blunt referred to it as an “offensive” new policy (because women not having to pay up to $600 a year on birth control is offensive?), so he proposed legislation to repeal the rule. When that went no where, a few months later, he proposed the Blunt amendment to a highway funding bill, sending the conversation in an entirely different direction.

Blunt’s amendment would have allowed employers and insurance companies to refuse coverage of any health care service required under the Affordable Care Act that they objected to on the basis of religious belief or moral convictions. The Blunt amendment was not only limited to religiously-affiliated entities. Any employer or health insurer could claim an exemption based on a vague and harmful standard.  This dangerous assault on women’s health would have dismantled new protections for American women under health-care reform.

Even some of his fellow Republicans felt this went too far. Republican Senator Olympia Snowe (ME) voted against the amendment, saying it was “much broader” than she could support and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) later said she  “regrets” voting for the amendment because she felt like she let women down by not helping to give them “the assurance they need that their health care rights are protected.”

He’s For Politicians in the Exam Room

Sen. Blunt has called Roe v. Wade  “one of the most poorly reasoned opinions ever handed down by the Supreme Court,” and for years, he has taken votes to make it harder for women to access abortion care, inserting himself into one of the most personal and private medical decisions a woman can make.

His record ranges from voting to deny military service members and their dependents from obtaining abortions in U.S. military hospitals overseas - even if they use their own money, to voting to take away health care for low-income women, to voting against comprehensive sex education to prevent HIV/AIDS abroad.

Sen. Blunt also ended up supporting Todd Akin for Senate in 2012. Remember Todd Akin, the candidate who when asked about abortion in cases of rape, said that: “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut the whole thing down.”

So that’s the kind of guy Sen. Blunt wanted to join him in the Senate to legislate on women’s access to health care? We think not…

Senator Blunt has also voted to defund Planned Parenthood nine times. He wants to take away critical, often lifesaving, care to patients in Missouri — and to millions of patients all across the country.

This year, Missouri voters have the opportunity to elect Secretary of State Jason Kander to the U.S. Senate, who will stand up for affordable health care access, and ensure patients have access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Missouri voters can’t let Senator Roy Blunt win.

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