(Forbes) After The Debate: The Facts On Where The Candidates Stand On Crucial Issues
Here are the facts on the actions and positions Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Joseph Biden, and Barack Obama have taken on issues which may be particularly important to women:
THE LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT: a bill to make challenging unequal pay easier for women, which passed the senate 61-36
RYAN: Voted against.
ROMNEY: Declined to state whether he would have supported.
BIDEN: Voted for.
OBAMA: Voted for, and it was the first bill he signed into law as president.
BIRTH CONTROL: accessibility and insurance coverage
RYAN: Opposes. Introduced “Personhood” amendment that would outlaw some forms of birth control, and has vowed to revoke the ACA, including its requirement that birth control costs be covered by insurers, on “day one.”
ROMNEY: Opposes. During a town hall in March, he told a voter to “vote for the other guy” if she wanted access to “free birth control”; Has said he disagrees with the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, recognizing the constitutional right of married couples to use contraception, and would leave the issue to the states, making a woman’s (or man’s) right to obtain and use contraception dependent on where that person lives.
BIDEN: Supports. Reportedly warned Obama that insisting on birth control costs being covered by the ACA would cost him votes.
OBAMA: Supports. Signed Affordable Care Act into Law.
WOMEN’S CONTROL OVER REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS:
RYAN: Opposes. Has said, “I’m as pro-life as a person gets. You’re not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they’re unavoidable, and I’m never going to not vote pro-life.” Has voted 60 times, consistently anti-choice, including votes to ban access to abortion in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Cosponsored “Personhood” legislation that would outlaw abortion and some forms of birth control.
ROMNEY: Opposes. On his campaign’s official website, he asserts that “Americans have a moral duty to uphold the sanctity of life” and “the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
BIDEN: Supports. Doesn’t think the government should be involved in making judgments on whether a woman can, or should have an abortion, but opposes public funding for abortion.
OBAMA: Supports. Advocates allowing women to make “these profoundly difficult decisions” themselves, and says on official website that he “believes a woman’s health care choices are personal decisions, best made with her doctor—without interference from politicians.”