In New York, a Bipartisan Call for Reproductive Rights

A few weeks ago, Teresa Sayward did the unthinkable. The New York state Republican assembly woman told a state news program that she'd consider voting for Obama. "I really, truly think that the candidates that are out there today for the Republican side would take women back decades," she said on Capitol Tonight. 

Apparently, she's not the only one worried about her party's direction on women's health. A new story from North Country Public Radio highlights Sayward and fellow Republican Janet Duprey, who are both supporting the Reproductive Health Act, which would codify access to abortion and contraception.  Sayward is one of the co-sponsors. 

In the segment, Duprey spoke out about her own commitment to women's health. She noted her own adolescence in the early '60s, when women and girls had few options. "We can never return to that era," she told the radio station. "We absolutely cannot."

As the Prospect's Jamelle Bouie noted Monday, the GOP's efforts to restrict access to contraception and abortion, both at the state and national level, has left the party struggling for female voters. Multiple polls show Obama winning the female vote by enormous margins.

Sayward and Duprey aren't the only GOP women to speak out against the trend in their party's politics. Less than two weeks ago, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, another Republican, spoke in favor of Planned Parenthood's preventative care programs. Of course both Sayward and Hutchison are retiring.

Comments

Duprey should retire as well.

Women's reproductive health is not under fire here. Everyone believes that women should have access to good quality healthcare. However, liberal "Republican" women steal the topic by making it all about a woman's right to an abortion and the governement's role in not only expanding access to that service but also in making it a service which would be paid for by the taxpayer. Women's access to good quality health care is better now than ever. Our choices in reproductive health and contraception are more expansive and cost affordable than ever. Neither of these things is under attack. Fear of a federal override of Roe v. Wade has spurred this discussion. Couple that with Obama's mandatory and government/taxpayer provided health care and you have a recipe for further abortion disaster; Those who wish not , being complicit in paying for those who wish to.

We are not looking at moving back to the 60's. The current trend in the world is toward ever less restrictive guidelines in abortion rights. If you doubt the direction this topic is taking, look to Oxford University where a recent article discusses "after birth abortions" . As stated in the article, " Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued. " The more liberal we approach this topic, the more complacent we are in standing for the rights of our most vulnerable, the more we deceive the public in making this about decreasing women's health services and not about moving us toward a society which demands the right to choose over the right of life, is witness to how we deteriorate as a society.

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