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RNC Night 1: Speakers Bring Extreme, Out-of-Touch Views on Reproductive Health Care to Convention

PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 24, 2020
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Washington, DC — The speakers selected for the first night of the Republican National Convention confirm what we already know - the Trump/Pence administration and its allies are grossly out-of-touch with the American people on reproductive health and rights issues. Tonight’s speakers have extreme, unpopular views and have spent their careers attempting to limit access to sexual and reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion. Below is what you need to know about tonight’s speakers:   

Statement from Samuel Lau, spokesperson, Planned Parenthood Votes:

“The RNC’s featured speakers tonight hold views on reproductive rights and health care that are in line with the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous, draconian policies. When they’re not spreading disinformation, everyone from Jim Jordan to Matt Gaetz will be selling the country on a bleak vision for health care--one where people can’t access care at Planned Parenthood health centers, the Affordable Care Act, including its coverage of sexual and reproductive health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions, is repealed, Roe v Wade is overtuned, and your boss or university has the power to deny you birth control coverage. The facts are clear - tonight’s convention headliners are out-of-touch with the needs of the country and will stop at nothing to block access to essential health care services."

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)

  • Scott has voted 11 times in Congress todefundPlanned Parenthood, blocking access to health care for nearly 4,000 South Carolinians who receive care -- like STI testing, cancer screenings, and birth control -- from Planned Parenthood health centers every year.
  • Scott joined his most extreme colleagues and urged the Supreme Court to “reconsider” Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which established a national right to safe and legal abortion.

  • Scott voted multiple times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting health coverage at risk, including protections for more than 2 million South Carolinians with pre-existing conditions -- like asthma, cancer, or diabetes.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)

  • Scalise joined his most extreme colleagues and urged the Supreme Court to “reconsider” Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which established a national right to safe and legal abortion.

  • Scalise has voted 11 times in Congress todefundPlanned Parenthood, blocking access to health care for thousands of Louisianans who receive care -- like STI testing, cancer screenings, and birth control -- from Planned Parenthood health centers every year.

  • Just last month, Scalise celebrated a Supreme Court decision that allows employers and universities to deny birth control coverage to people across the country.

  • Scalise voted multiple times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting people’s health coverage at risk, including protections for more than 1.9 million Louisianans with pre-existing conditions -- like asthma, cancer, or diabetes.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

  • Gaetz joined his most extreme colleagues and urged the Supreme Court to “reconsider” Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which established a national right to safe and legal abortion. Gaetz even pledged to “end abortion once and for all.”

  • Gaetz has voted multiple times to “defund” Planned Parenthood, blocking access to health care for more than 67,000 Floridians who receive care -- like STI testing, cancer screenings, and birth control -- from Planned Parenthood health centers every year. 

  • Gaetz voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting health care coverage at risk, including protections  for more than 8 million Floridians with pre-existing conditions -- like asthma, cancer, or diabetes.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

  • Jordan joined his most extreme colleagues and urged the Supreme Court to “reconsider” Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which established a national right to safe and legal abortion.

  • Jordan has voted 13 times todefundPlanned Parenthood, blocking access to health care for more than 67,000 Floridians who receive care -- like STI testing, cancer screenings, and birth control -- from Planned Parenthood health centers every year. 

  • Jordan voted multiple times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting health care coverage at risk, including protections for more than 4 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions -- like asthma, cancer, or diabetes.

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

  • During her confirmation hearing, Nikki Haley said she “will support” “anything we can do to keep [women] from having abortions.”

  • As UN ambassador, Haley supported cutting funds to the United Nations Population Fund, the leading provider of contraception around the globe. She even asserted that “women don’t care about contraception.”

  • Haley named the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. C-FAM is a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group with ties to violent anti-abortion actors.

  • As governor of South Carolina, Haley signed legislation to restrict the right to safe and legal abortion.

Sean Parnell, Congressional candidate in PA

  • Parnell is vehemently opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which extended affordable health care coverage to millions of Pennsylvanians with low incomes and pre-existing conditions, calling the law a “train wreck” and a “disaster.”

  • Parnell pushed bogus claims about “post-birth abortion,” a practice that does not exist, to stigmatize abortion later in pregnancy.

  • While serving in the military, Parnell reportedly referred to a female service member as the “mail bitch.”

  • One of Parnell’s top donors is failed gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, who during his run expressed indifference to the potential downfall of Roe v. Wade, called for “defunding” Planned Parenthood health centers, and called a female climate activist “young and naive” for daring to ask him a question.

     

Kimberly Guilfoyle

  • As a host on Fox News, Guilfoyle once defended catcalling and sexual harassment, urging people to “let men be men.” Guilfoyle reportedly left Fox News after an investigation into her pattern of sexually harassing and emotionally abusing her co-workers.

  • Guilfoyle encouraged women not to vote or serve on juries because “they don’t get it,” and instead urged them to “go back on Tinder or Match.com.”

  • Guilfoyle called women who seek an abortion later in pregnancy “selfish and disgusting,” dismissing the fact that many people who seek abortions later in pregnancy are doing so because of a fetal abnormality or danger to the life of the mother, and stigmatizing people who do so for other reasons. 

Kim Klacik, Congressional candidate in MD  

  • Klacik is vehemetly anti-abortion, responding to a survey asking about her stand on abortion saying “murder is murder.”

  • Klacik named President Trump as her “political role model.”

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