“This is an emotional, difficult subject. It’s always one that’s difficult,” McCaskill said. “But if you really believe that reducing abortions are important in this country, which I do, then it doesn’t work to keep putting up barriers to women getting birth control.” (Kansas City Star)
About Claire McCaskill (MO)
Five years ago, a former Jackson County prosecutor, state representative, and state auditor named Claire McCaskill made history and became the first female elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri. During that race, Claire gained a reputation as a fierce advocate and tenacious campaigner.
Claire brought that same resolve to the Senate and has worked to hold Congress accountable — especially when it comes to the issues most important to women
She joined her Senate colleagues in passing historic health reform, a law that protects and expands access to health care for women in Missouri and across the country. This includes greater access to affordable birth control and other preventive coverage by eliminating co-pays for services.
Claire also defended Planned Parenthood against misguided attempts to bar Planned Parenthood health center participation in federal health programs. With her help, more than 25,000 Missouri women will have their choice of provider for birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings.
Additionally, Claire led the charge to pass legislation that restored birth-control access to three million college students after the Bush administration and its allies in Congress stripped access in 2005.
Claire has fought and won real battles to advance women’s health, and has earned a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
And our support for her re-election must be real as well if she’s going to win again in 2012.
One of her opponents, Todd Akin, is proudly running on a platform that will restrict crucial health services to millions of Missourians.
Key Pro-Women’s Health Votes
More Quotes from Claire McCaskill
“If I work in the cafeteria at a hospital on one side of Interstate 270 and my sister works at a hospital on the other side of I-270, should my availability of birth control be determined by what organization runs the hospital?" (KMOX Radio)
"Access to preventive health care is essential for improving the health of our nation and bringing our health care costs back under control. If fully adopted, the IOM's recommendations will not only improve the availability and accessibility of women's health services, but they will also represent an important step toward a healthier and more fiscally responsible future." (Mikulski, Senate Colleagues Urge Secretary Sebelius To Swiftly Adopt IOM's New Recommendations On Women's Preventive Health)
"We know the Title X family planning program serves nearly five million low-income women and men at more than 4,500 health centers each year. Many of these people rely on Title X funded health care providers as their primary source of health care. Yet, the House-passed Continuing Resolution would eliminate all funding for Title X and leave millions of Americans at risk." (Letter Opposing GOP Plan to End Support for Women’s Health and Family Planning)
"We need to make sure that women have access to birth control and contraception so we don’t have unwanted pregnancies." (Politico.com)
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