The Raw Story is reporting on Sean Duffy’s statement at last Monday night’s debate that the women’s health organization NARAL is “disgusting.”
Duffy, who co-sponsored Todd Akin’s bill to redefine rape and who voted to defund family planning services, has previously stated that he opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape or incest.
The Raw Story reports that Erika West, deputy political director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, gave the following statement:
“Rep. Duffy has spent the last two years in Congress casting vote after vote against a woman’s right to choose while ignoring jobs and the economy. Voting to defund Title X family-planning programs, denying women access to contraception and basic health care services, and embracing a dangerous so-called “personhood” measure that would outlaw access to abortion care amounts to a radical agenda. We have endorsed Pat Kreitlow, because he respects a woman’s right to make private health care decisions with her doctor. That’s not radical, that’s rational.”
Read more here.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate released the following statement in response to Duffy’s remarks:
“When he’s not busy complaining about his salary and trying to voucherize Medicare, Sean Duffy is hard at work trying to limit women’s rights to make their own healthcare choices.
“Duffy’s shameful appearance at Monday night’s debate showed precisely why he has one of the most extreme records in Congress on reproductive rights — he embraces personhood legislation, would de-fund Planned Parenthood and co-sponsored Todd Akin’s bill to redefine rape.
“Because Duffy knows his positions are so out-of-touch with the people of North and Central Wisconsin, he’s even stooped to lying about Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood works to provide tens of thousands of Wisconsin women and families access to family planning services and preventative health services like breast and cervical cancer screenings. They don’t use taxpayer money for abortions, and Sean Duffy knows it. His vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood serves only to pander to far-right extremists, and puts Wisconsin women at risk in the process.
“Sean Duffy also wants to take away a woman’s right to choose even in the case of rape or incest. Does he agree with Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock that pregnancies resulting from rape are “a gift from God?”
“Sean Duffy’s record on women’s rights is far outside the mainstream, and that is unacceptable for Wisconsin.”