What We're Reading - August 9
Late afternoon everyone, it’s been a busy day today but we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss these key updates. Here’s what we’re reading today…
In case you missed it, Elizabeth Banks makes Planned Parenthood personal. “Elizabeth Banks tapes pro-Planned Parenthood message”—“The Obama campaign is bringing out a celebrity spokeswoman today to drive its message on Planned Parenthood: Elizabeth Banks. The actress appears in a new Web video talking about her own relationship with Planned Parenthood and criticizing Mitt Romney's stance on defunding the organization. ‘Planned Parenthood was my health care provider when I didn't have insurance after graduating from college,’ Banks says. ‘Yes, I got birth control, but it was for my massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow. Yeah, I'm on the record saying I had a heavy flow. And unfortunately, these are the types of things I don't want to discuss with employers. I don't want to talk about that with my employer. That's between me and my doctor.’"
Sandra Fluke campaigns with Obama in Colorado. “Why I'm Standing With President Obama Today”—“…Earlier this year, I was publicly attacked by Rush Limbaugh and others for testifying before members of Congress. I had shared stories of my friends and other young women, stories no different from those I've heard from women who also worry about having the health care they need. Fortunately, we have a President who has fought for our right to quality, affordable care. That's the promise behind President Obama's health reform: we should have access to basic health care no matter where we work or study or what gender we are. And Obamacare is already delivering access to care for millions of women. As of one week ago, thanks to Obamacare, 47 million nationwide who are starting to get preventive care, like cancer screenings, well-woman visits and contraception, at no cost. When Obamacare takes full effect, we'll never again be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition like being a survivor of domestic violence or breast cancer, or having had a Caesarean section. Nor will we ever again be charged more than men for the same insurance just because we're women. Since day one, President Obama has fought for women's health care rights and the economic security that goes with access to affordable insurance. I wish that were true for Mitt Romney.”
President Obama makes women’s health a central issue in campaign speech. “Obama Assails Romney on Women’s Health Care”—“DENVER — President Obama made one of his strongest pitches to date for the women’s vote, which is crucial to his re-election, telling a mostly female crowd of 4,000 here on Wednesday that Republicans led by Mitt Romney would take them back to the era of the 1950s…. But at his first stop at a Denver campus shared by three colleges, Mr. Obama’s emphasis was on women’s health and reproductive issues. He was introduced by Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School graduate who this year became a hero to women’s groups, and the target of conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, who called her ‘a prostitute,’ after Republicans blocked her from testifying in Congress for insurance coverage of contraception. ‘When it comes to the economy, it’s bad enough that our opponents want to take us back to the same policies of the last decade — the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place,’ Mr. Obama said. ‘But,’ he added, ‘when it comes to a woman’s right to make her own health care choices, they want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.’ Mr. Obama departed from his usual, broader stump speech to focus on his health insurance law, and to reopen a debate over contraception that roiled the Republican presidential nomination contest this year and helped solidify his support among women.”