COLUMBUS, OH -- Ahead of tonight’s second debate between Ted Strickland and Senator Portman, the Ted Strickland for Senate Campaign announced that several prominent Ohio women leaders will be in tonight’s audience at Strickland’s invitation. The leaders include State Representative Kristin Boggs; Petee Talley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO; and Stella Shaw, Government and Community Relations Manager of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.
Ahead of the debate, Boggs and Talley released the following statements -- highlighting the contrast between Ted and Senator Portman when it comes to issues that matter to Ohio’s women and working families:
From State Representative Kristin Boggs: "Ted Strickland has always looked out for Ohio women on issues ranging from our healthcare to our pocketbooks. As Governor, half the leaders in Ted's cabinet were women, and he created a special office for women's initiatives. In the Senate, Ted would build on that record, he will fight for equal pay for women, more affordable education opportunities, and paid family leave. Senator Portman has had every opportunity to support these commonsense changes that will help our working families, but instead he voted to defeat equal pay, and ignores the need for paid family leave. When Ted is in the Senate, he won't ignore the needs of Ohio's working families because he understands that we must implement policy that fits the way our families live in this 21st century economy."
From Petee Talley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO: "There's no better candidate to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate than Ted Strickland. Ted Strickland believes women should earn equal pay for their work -- unlike his opponent Senator Portman who has voted against equal pay for women five times. We just can't trust someone like Senator Portman who doesn't believe women should be paid equally for performing the same job as a man. Ohio has one of the worst wage gaps in the country, and it's critical we send Ted Strickland to the Senate so he can fight to close this gap and promote equality."
Iris Harvey, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio also issued a statement.
From Iris Harvey: “Ted Strickland is an advocate for women’s rights. He supports Roe v. Wade, believes in Planned Parenthood, and understands health decisions are personal decisions that should be free from government interference. Senator Rob Portman is the exact opposite. He has made it abundantly clear he supports defunding Planned Parenthood, attacking not only women’s health, but the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who depend on Planned Parenthood for reproductive health care and health education. The choice is clear this election. Ted stands with us and will be a champion of women’s rights as the next United States Senator from Ohio.”
Previously, Strickland released his Ohio Families First proposal to fight for women and working families and announced “Women For Ted,” a coalition of 100 Ohio women elected officials, community leaders and activists who are working to mobilize voters across the state and share Ted’s message of fighting for working families with Ohioans throughout the campaign.
Below is more information about Senator Portman’s record of hurting Ohio’s women and families:
Portman Voted Five Times Against Equal Pay Legislation Although Ohio Women Earn 75 Cents On The Dollar Compared To Men. [S. Con. Res. 11, Vote 152, 4/15/15; S.Amdt. 362 to S.Con.Res. 11, Vote 82, 3/24/15; S. 2199, Vote 262,9/15/14; S. 2199, Vote 103, 4/9/14; S. 3220, Vote 115, 6/5/12; National Women’s Law Center,9/15/16]
Senator Portman Co-Sponsored Controversial Blunt Amendment Jeopardizing Access to Birth Control And Preventive care. Portman co-sponsored the Blunt Amendment, which would allow employers to block access to women’s contraception or important preventive care like mammograms that they objected to. [S. 1467, Cosponsored 10/31/11; Columbus Dispatch, 3/4/12; Washington Post, 3/1/12; New York Times, 3/2/12]
Senator Portman Supported Infamous Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision, Co-Sponsored “Hobby Lobby On Steroids” Bill. Senator Portman supports the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision that allows some employers to deny women contraception coverage. He also co-sponsored a “Hobby Lobby On Steroids” bill which would allow employers or insurance companies to refuse to cover any preventive services or essential health benefits in the ACA. [Senator Rob Portman, Press Release, 6/30/14; S. 2578, Vote 228, 7/16/14; S. 1919, Co-sponsored 8/4/15, Introduced 8/4/15; Salon, 6/16/15]
Senator Portman Supports Repeal Of The Affordable Care Act: Making Women Pay More For Birth Control And Preventive Care And Allowing Insurance Companies To Discriminate Against Women. [Rob Portman, Press Release,3/20/15; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 3/23/15; Washington Post, Wonkblog, 7/8/15]