Ted Strickland Statement on the 96th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

In honor of today’s 96th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, Ted Strickland released the following statement:

“My mom raised 9 kids on a shoestring budget – I believe women are truly the backbone of our families, our communities and our economy. Although it’s been nearly a century since women were formally given the right to vote, we still have so much more work to do to ensure true equality, which is why in the Senate I will fight for policies like equal pay for equal work, paid family and sick leave, affordable children care and to protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. Unfortunately, just like his endorsed candidate for president Donald Trump, Senator Portman is putting the interests of the rich and the powerful over Ohio’s women – voting 5 times against equal pay legislation, leading the charge to restrict women’s access to healthcare services like contraception and opposing Roe v. Wade. I believe working families won’t be able to get ahead until women have a fair chance to achieve their full potential, which is why in the Senate I will fight for Ohio’s women at every turn.”

During this campaign, Strickland has released his Ohio Families First Plan to fight for women and working families to highlight his support for policy proposals on issues like equal pay, paid family leave, affordable childcare and accessible women’s healthcare. Strickland has also launched “Women For Ted,” a coalition of 100 women leaders who are supporting his campaign. This week, Strickland also released a new TV ad, “Choice,” highlighting how Portman and Trump share the same agenda that will hurt Ohio’s women and working families.                                                                                                                          

BACKGROUND:

Portman Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act Five Times. [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]

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, Introduced8/4/15; Salon,6/16/15]

Senator Portman Supports Repeal Of The Affordable Care Act: Making Women Pay More For Birth control And Preventive Care; Allowing Insurance Companies To Discriminate Against Women, and Causing More Than One Million Women In Ohio To Lose Healthcare Access. [Rob Portman, Press Release, 3/20/15; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 3/23/15; Washington Post, Wonkblog, 7/8/15]

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