Shed Light on the McCain-Palin Anti-Choice Record

Throughout his career in the Senate, John McCain has had a record of joining with the Bush Administration to take away women's rights and reproductive healthcare options. At a forum in August, he pledged that "I will be a pro-life president and this presidency will have pro-life policies." And now, he has nominated anti-choice advocate Sarah Palin to be his running-mate.

Together, this would be the most anti-choice presidential campaign ever. Senator McCain and Governor Palin support:

- A ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest;
- The overturn of Roe v. Wade; and
- Anti-choice judges.

Throughout his service in the Senate, McCain has also repeatedly voted to slash funding for low-income family-planning programs, against allowing women to obtain birth control and to take away women's right to choose.

Tell Senator McCain: I know your record of following the Bush Administration's plans to take away women's rights, and I want you to be clear about it to all Americans.
Dear Senator McCain,

Slate and Newsweek political columnist Dahlia Lithwick recently wrote that "John McCain is banking on his reputation as an independent maverick to snooker voters into thinking that his abortion views are centrist, no matter what he actually says. It's a risky strategy: Don't believe what I say. Believe what you used to believe before I opened my mouth."

As a voter concerned with women's rights and healthcare options, I urge you to be straight about your views on this topic. That includes being straight on the fact that you have:
* Voted anti-choice 125 out of 130 times in your congressional career.
* Voted to cut funding for the Title X (ten) family-planning program, which provides contraception and cancer screenings for low-income women.
* Voted against requiring insurance companies that pay for other prescription drugs, like Viagra, to pay equally for women's prescription birth control.
* Voted against measures to prevent unintended pregnancy.
* Voted for the global gag rule, which prohibits federally funded family-planning clinics from giving women full information about their reproductive-health options.
* Voted for and co-sponsored the Federal Abortion Ban.
* Voted to defund the United Nations group that provides family-planning services for poor women.
* Voted in favor of President Bush's anti-choice Supreme Court Justices like Samuel Alito and John Roberts, and pledged to nominate judges with similar pro-life views with the goal of overturning Roe v. Wade.

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I look forward to hearing you speak about this record with the American people.
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