This has too many women wondering.
I am not comfortable wondering, and I have no intention of wondering my way to November.
I’m taking action.
I talked with Pam Sutherland today, President and CEO of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council.
We each had one thing on our minds and we both understood it’s importance. There was no small talk. There was no chit-chat.
This conversation was arranged knowing what was at stake. She knew what she needed to say, and I knew what I hoped to hear.
And now I get to tell you.
Pam Sutherland does NOT have ONE doubt in her mind that Senator Barack Obama is anything but 100% pro-choice.
And she should know.
“I have worked with Barack Obama for 12 years. And in that 12 years he has never voted wrong on any (women’s reproductive) issue. It’s just that simple.”
It’s just that simple.
I happened to be talking to Pam as I watched Senator John McCain seemingly writhe in pain when asked his position on forcing health insurance companies to cover birth control.
Then we have Senator Obama, speaking DIRECTLY to BlogHer on the issue
Did you catch the difference there? McCain entirely uncomfy on YouTube, Obama talking TO US.
I also talked with the Obama campaign, hoping to clarify the Senator’s remarks that had pro-choice women wringing their hands.
The official statement?
“Senator Obama has always fought for a woman’s right to choose and has consistently opposed efforts to pass measures lacking a health exception. Senator Obama also recognizes that some people view these health exceptions not as exceptions, but as a way around these restrictions. Senator Obama believes that while “mental distress” should not be covered by a health exception, there will be cases where carrying to term a pregnancy may seriously damage a woman’s mental health and those cases should be covered. He believes that we can craft well-defined health exceptions – as pro-choice legislators have tried in Congress and in state legislatures – that address those concerns and fully protect women’s health.”- Shannon Gilson
That didn’t clear things up for me. I continued my call with Pam and really tried to get to the heart of this.
Point blank I asked her, “Pam, do you worry at all about what he said, his remarks, are you worried?”
“No, Erin. I don’t worry at all…He’s made it perfectly clear he supports the tenets of Roe…and I have a 12-year experience with someone who is 100% Pro-Choice.”
For good measure-
Senator John McCain has received a 0% pro-choice rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Senator Obama received a 100% pro-choice vote rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Not 75%. Not 99%.
Can I also point out McCain co-sponsored and voted for the Federal Abortion Ban? Yea, he did.
Want something even scarier?
Senator McCain voted against legislation that established criminal and civil penalties for those who use threats and violence to keep women from gaining access to reproductive health facilities.
The record by both candidates goes on and on and on. It’s not even a contest.
Liza at Culture Kitchen even has a graphic demonstrating the difference.
If Planned Parenthood and NARAL are confident in Senator Obama, why aren’t you?
Pam Sutherland isn’t worried, and I’m not either.
Cross Posted at BlogHer.com