By Nancy Bennett of Portland, Oregon. Nancy is the political director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.
Why is Sen. John McCain so uncomfortable?
Last week, Sen. McCain struggled to answer a basic question: did he have an opinion on whether it was unfair that health insurance companies cover Viagra, but not birth control.
It was the perfect opportunity for Sen. McCain to follow through on his pledge to court Hillary voters and show that he cares about the health care needs of women. But, he blew it. He stammered and squirmed and ultimately dodged the question. Most importantly, he revealed his utter lack of knowledge and interest on a question of basic fairness for women.
On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of the national federation, launched a new TV ad, highlighting Sen. John McCain's answer on coverage for birth control. The TV ad is part of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “kNOw McCain” campaign to educate voters about John McCain’s anti-choice and anti-women's health care record.
Watch the new ad:
Here is a bit more of Sen. McCain's record on birth control. In the U.S. Senate, McCain has twice voted NO on contraceptive equity.
In 2003, McCain voted NO on the Murray/Reid Amendment (S.Amdt 258 to S. 3, vote 45, 3/11/03), which would have improved the availability of contraceptives for women and required insurance coverage of prescription birth control if the insurance companies covered other prescriptions.
In 2005, McCain voted NO on the Clinton/Reid amendment to FY’06 Budget Resolution (S. Amdt 244 to S.Con.Res.18, 3/17/05). It included a requirement for contraceptive equity in health insurance plans.