Now that the dust is settling after the election, here are some of the other key victories we’re celebrating!!!
President Barack Obama defeats Mitt Romney
President Obama’s reelection is a historic victory for women’s health, driven by a substantial gender gap.
Missouri: Claire McCaskill defeated Todd Akin
After suggesting that only victims of “legitimate rape” get pregnant, Todd Akin was “legitimately” defeated.
Illinois: Tammy Duckworth defeated Joe Walsh
In the Illinois-8th, women’s health advocates scored another victory. Iraq war veteran and women’s health champion Tammy Duckworth defeated Joe Walsh, who became famous in October after suggesting that there should be no abortion exception for the “health of the mother” because people use it as a “tool” to get an abortion for “any reason.” He also claimed that “life of the mother” exceptions just don’t exist.
Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin defeated Tommy Thompson
As the first openly gay Congresswoman, Tammy Baldwin is no stranger to breaking boundaries. And now she’ll be the first openly gay U.S. Senator! An advocate for women’s health and rights, we couldn’t be more proud!
Montana: Jon Tester Defeats Dennis Rehberg
Jon Tester will be able to keep "fighting to protect Medicare, Social Security, Pell Grants, Head Start and a woman's right to make her own health care decisions.” Amen to that! He defeated anti-women’s health candidate Denny Rehberg in the Montana Senate race.
Virginia: Tim Kaine defeated George Allen
Virginia knew the stark differences between Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine when they headed to the polls. They voted for the candidate who would protect their health and rights, and not roll them back.
Connecticut: Chris Murphy defeated Linda McMahon
Women’s health emerged as a major issue in the election, especially after McMahon, who had been portraying herself as “pro-choice” said she would allow Catholic hospitals to deny rape survivors access to emergency contraception.
Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren defeated Scott Brown
Throughout her campaign, Warren made clear that she understands that access to affordable health care is important to people’s health and their wallets and she will champion women’s health in the Senate. This led her to victory!
Ohio: Sherrod Brown defeated Josh Mandel
When it comes to determining who would do a better job protecting access to health care for the women of Ohio, there was no contest. Brown, a staunch defender of Planned Parenthood, and access to women’s health and rights, easily handled Josh Mandel and his extreme anti-women’s health positions.
New York: Dan Maffei defeated Ann Marie Buerkle in NY-24
Ann Marie Buerkle has earned a solid zero percent rating with Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She’s had a long history of supporting out-of-touch women’s health policies, but she won’t have that chance any longer.
New Hampshire: Maggie Hassan Wins!
New Hampshire voters overwhelmingly voted to elect Maggie Hassan, a proud champion for access to women’s health care and Planned Parenthood health services.