This week at UMASS Lowell, Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch faced off to make the case to voters about who would be the best next US Senator from Massachusetts. When it came to questions on choice, Congressman Lynch mumbled and jumbled his response.
We want to make it clear for all Massachusetts voters: Congressman Lynch is anti-choice.
Lynch’s voting record speaks for itself. Every year at NARAL we grade our legislators based on their voting record on Choice. In 7 years out of the last 11, Lynch has scored less than a 50%. Lynch has, on multiple occasions, voted to deny women in the military the right to use their private health insurance for abortion care. He voted in support of the infamous Stupak Amendment which would have, in effect, banned private insurance companies from providing abortion coverage for women. He also voted against Health Reform which, as we all know, now gives women unprecedented access to birth control and lifesaving preventative screenings that keep women healthy.
Congressman Lynch pretends that he is pro-choice by trying to create gray areas where it’s actually very black and white: Stephen Lynch has repeatedly voted against a woman’s right to choose.
Congressman Ed Markey, on the other hand, has had a nearly perfect pro-choice voting record for the last three decades. He has stood with women in their right to make personal, private decisions with their doctors. “This issue is one that is intensely personal,” Markey said in his recent interview with the Boston Globe. “I made the decision 30 years ago that I could not and should not impose my religious beliefs on others. And my record since then reflects that.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America has endorsed Ed Markey. Planned Parenthood has endorsed Ed Markey. There is no question that Ed Markey is pro-choice. Stephen Lynch has some nerve trying to imply that Markey isn’t pro-choice. Unlike a vote Markey took in 1973, the votes Stephen Lynch takes today actually impact women’s lives here and now.
Women’s access to reproductive health services is under unprecedented attack across the nation. That is why we are asking you to join us in this final month to elect the next Pro Choice Senator from Massachusetts. Massachusetts cannot send an anti-choice US Senator to Washington—think of the message that sends to the rest of the country. Ed Markey will stand with women, and we need all the allies we can get right now.