Standing up for pro-choice champions

By Laura Terrill Patten of Portland, Oregon. Laura is the executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

There are a growing number of Republicans who are taking a "see no evil, hear no evil" approach to the 2012 election. They're denying the existence of the "war on women," claiming it's a myth imagined by the left to score political points.

The attacks on choice are very real.

Instead of focusing on fixing the economy, these politicians have decided instead to play doctor. They claim that we don't need health care reform, except apparently when it comes to women's health. They claim they want smaller government, yet they have no problem telling women how to live their lives. Enough is enough.

That's why it's more important than ever to elect candidates who believe in a woman's right to choose and who support access to affordable preventative health care. Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon is proud to promote three extraordinary candidates in their primary election campaigns:

All of these candidates earned a 100% score on our PAC questionnaire, and we are proud to stand by them. Please remember to submit your ballots by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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    It's important that we elect people who don't just have a philosophy of choice, but people who have actively advocated for a woman's right to choose and worked to ensure women have access to the health care they need. I'm excited to vote for Mary Nolan and Jennifer Williamson because they are two women who don't just talk the talk, but they fight the fight. I'm one of thousands of Oregonians who depends on C-Care, our state's family planning program, to access basic care like annual exams and birth control. I have benefited from work Mary Nolan did when she increased the budget for family planning, as have many of my peers. We need need active advocates for choice at every level of government if we want to ensure that Oregon remains one of the most pro-choice states in the nation.

    (Full disclosure, I volunteer with PPAO and work on Mary Nolan's campaign. I speak only for myself.)

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        Dont worry. Schaufler is being voted out by our district 48 in favor of Reardon who is 100% prochoice and personally endorsed by pro-choice feminist legislators, by Governor Roberts, and by me.

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    Also: champions champions champions

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      Can't believe Laura only used the term in the title. That's such underuse!

      The environmental community would never be so sparse with our praise. ;)

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    I'm voting for Amanda Fritz, in part because she is staunchly pro-choice. It is unfortunate that voters might be told that one candidate is more pro-choice than the other in this race, when that is simply an untrue statement.

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