Plain & Simple: Senator Sherrod Brown Trusts Women & Josh Mandel Doesn't
Last night, Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown had their final senate debate. After a week dominated by Richard Mourdock’s offensive statements on rape, it was inevitable that the topic of abortion bans and exceptions would arise.
Mandel has been endorsed by the National Right to Life Political Action Committee for his staunch positions to restrict women’s ability to make their own health care decisions. He even i filled out a questionnaire that made clear he supports bans on abortion with no exceptions. Last night, however, he seemed to be singing a different tune during the debate: “I do support an exception to protect the life of the mother. This is an issue that I know is a very divisive issue. I know it’s an issue where people are very passionate on both sides.”
The Mandel campaign argued that they had filled out other questionnaires that included an exception to save the life of the woman—but women know the truth. Josh Mandel has taken a number of extreme positions on women’s health, proving he simply can’t be trusted, and would be dangerous as an elected official.
For example, take the unconstitutional “heartbeat bill”, which would ban abortion as early as six weeks (before a woman may even know she is pregnant). Mandel supported it even when the Ohio Right to Life didn’t. He also supported measures that would allow your boss to decide whether or not women could have access to birth control, and opposed the Affordable Care Act—the greatest advancement for women’s health in a generation.
Josh Mandel simply doesn’t get it—which is probably why, even after the public called out Mourdock on his offensive statements, Mandel said he was “class act.”
There’s no doubt that Senator Sherrod Brown would do a superior job protecting access to health care for women saying, “….in the end, I will always trust Ohio women to make their health care decisions, plain and simple.”
Sherrod Brown is a true champion for women’s health.