August 8, 2012 |
DENVER - President Obama on Wednesday cast Republican Mitt Romney as a throwback to the 1950s on issues related to women's health in a speech aimed at winning women's votes in a key battleground. “When it comes to a woman's right to make her own healthcare choices, they want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century,” he said, taking direct aim at his rival. “Mr. Romney's running as the candidate of conservative values. There's nothing conservative about a government that prevents a woman from making her own healthcare decisions.
June 7, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is expected to hear arguments Thursday over the legality of implementing a Texas rule that bans Planned Parenthoodclinics from a state and federally funded health program for uninsured, low-income women. “What's at stake is whether low-income women will be able to access healthcare services,” Melaney Linton, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, told The Times. “It's virtually impossible for other health centers to pick up the clients that were served under this program by Planned Parenthood.” The TexasWomen's HealthProgram last year had a budget of $41 million, about $13 million of it for Planned Parenthood clinics and about 90% of the money from the federal government.
June 7, 2012 |
DALE CITY, Va. -- Addressing Obama campaign volunteers in a swing suburb of a top battleground state, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a pitch tailored to female voters, a group that strategists for both sides consider the crucial demographic in the fight for Virginia's 13 electoral votes. Obama spoke at length about her own family and also referred to military families, an important voter group in the state. She touted the benefits for women of the economic recovery, which has reduced unemployment in Virginia to the lowest level of the nation's 20 most populous states.
April 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Friday castigated the Republican Party for what he said were dated views onwomen's healthissues, saying the recent debate over contraceptives was "like being in a time machine. " Speaking at a women's conference organized by his campaign, Obama called the issue "illuminating. " "Republicans in Congress were going so far as to say an employer should be able to have a say in the healthcare decisions of its female employees," Obama said. "I'm always puzzled by this -- this is a party that says it prides itself on being rabidly anti-regulation.
March 1, 2012 |
Senate Republicans, who narrowly lost a bid to roll back new federal insurance rules requiring contraceptive coverage, were decidedly circumspect after being portrayed by Democrats as trying to interfere with women's health options. "I don't have anything else to say," said Sen. John McCain(R-Ariz.), after the GOP's effort Thursday to curb the rule failed 51 to 48. Other Republicans were only a bit more talkative, and they quickly shifted their remarks to the other issues - jobs and the economy - suggesting that the contraception fight may have waning appeal for the GOP. "It was a good vote, but we do need to be focused on some of these debt issues - they're just huge," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
February 2, 2012 |
As the backlash grew against the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Curefoundation to cease awarding grants to Planned Parenthood, Komen officials ended two days of silence on Thursday and tried to manage the uproar. In a conference call with the media, Komen founder and Chief Executive Nancy G. Brinker said the decision was due to policy changes intended to improve how grantees are selected. It had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood's position as an abortion provider, she said.