NARAL Blasts McMahon

Women’s reproductive rights took center stage in the U.S. Senate race Monday, as a pro-choice group took aim at Republican candidate Linda McMahon over her support of a bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to cover contraception for their employees.

McMahon’s spokesman defended her as a “pro-choice” candidate who supports religious freedom.

Those salvos were issued Monday afternoon in dueling phone calls amid a tight race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, faces Democrat Chris Murphy in a Nov. 6 general election. The campaigns have been vying for the support of female voters, who did not get behind McMahon in her 2010 Senate bid.

Click the play arrow to watch McMahon discuss contraception at a March press event.

In a Monday afternoon conference call hosted by Christian Miron, the director of the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, the state branch of the national pro-choice advocacy organization. Miron scored McMahon for saying she would have supported the Blunt amendment. The failed U.S. Senate bill would have allowed employers to refuse to cover contraception costs as part of employee health plans, based on moral or religious grounds.

Miron called it an “extremist” proposal, and said that McMahon’s support shows that she “cannot be trusted” to protect access to reproductive health care.

“A vote for Linda McMahon is a vote against reproductive rights and access” to women’s health care, Miron said.

On the issue of a woman’s right to choose, McMahon has “intentionally left her position vague,” Miron said. The only times that she has talked about reproductive freedom, it has been to espouse “extremist anti-choice policies,” he said.

NARAL has endorsed Murphy, a Congressman who represents the western part of the state. Miron said his press conference was not organized at the request of the Murphy campaign.

McMahon spokesman Todd Abrajano dismissed Miron’s charges.

“Linda McMahon is a pro-choice candidate,” he said. “Any attempt by Chris Murphy or his surrogates to paint her as anything but is ridiculous.”

“The Blunt amendment wasn’t about what Democrats will try to tell you it is about,” he said. For McMahon, it wasn’t about reproductive rights, he said. McMahon would have supported the Blunt Amendment on grounds of religious freedom and because she is opposed to federal “over-regulation,” Abrajano said.

The government should not be able to force people to pay for health care practices that go against their religious beliefs, Abrajano said.

The Blunt amendment wouldn’t deny women birth control, Abrajano argued. “There are plenty of other opportunities for women to get birth control,” he said. It’s available, for example, at Planned Parenthood for about “4 dollars,” he said.

“Linda is not opposed to birth control,” Abrajano said. She just thinks that the federal government shouldn’t force employers to provide it, he said. “Those are not mutually exclusive.”

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posted by: skyrocket27 on September 11, 2012  9:57am

With 23 million Americans out of work the adults have significant issues to resolve.

posted by: PH on September 11, 2012  11:20am

If you think that a vote for McMahon is a vote for anything but a Tea Party vision of America, you are sorely mistaken.  She will vote with the lunatics like Jim DeMint, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the hate-America party.  That means an America where abortion is banned (see the Republican party platform), access to contraception is steadily reduced (though Viagra will be fully paid for!) and funding for health education is eliminated.  She may claim to be pro-choice, but there is no such thing as a pro-choice Republican on a national level.  They all have to support the party monster if they ever want to get their pet bills passed, and the party line clearly advances an agenda of putting women back in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant.

A vote for McMahon is the exact same as a vote for any other right-wing Tea Party zealot. DO NOT BE FOOLED!

posted by: dave34 on September 14, 2012  10:14am

With all thats wrong here in Connecticut, you and the liberal left can come up with nothing more than the “Crazy Teabagger arguement…
Great point….See you at the polls