POLITICAL observations & opinions

* McCain’s positions on women’s health issues

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 31, 2008

Recent polling shows that more than half of women voters in battleground states have no idea where Sen. McCain stands on women’s health issues.

And, even worse, half of the women who support McCain describe themselves as pro-choice, whereas John McCain is clearly opposed to giving women any choice whatever in making the most difficult and private decision any woman ever faces.

Here is John McCain’s record on women’s health issues …



·         Sen. McCain has repeatedly voted against measures that would require insurance companies to cover birth control.

·         McCain opposed spending $100 million to prevent unintended and teen pregnancies. 

·         McCain opposed legislation requiring that abstinence-only programs be medically accurate and scientifically based.

·         In 2003, McCain voted NO on legislation to improve the availability of contraceptives for women and to require insurance coverage of prescription birth control.

·         In an interview aboard the “Straight Talk Express,” McCain struggled to answer questions about comprehensive sex education and HIV prevention. 

·         McCain is unsure where he stands on government funding for contraception.  “Whether I support government funding for them or not, I don’t know,” McCain said about contraceptives.


·         McCain supports overturning Roe v. Wade. In February 2007, the AP quoted McCain stating, ‘I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”

·         In October 2007, Sen. McCain said, “I have been pro-life my entire public career. I believe I am the only major candidate in either party who can make that claim.”


NOTE:  The above extracts come from Planned Parenthood; more detail can be found at http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977401065  and http://www.ppaction.org/ppvotes/08_antichoicemccain.html.


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