For voters who care about women’s health – i.e. the vast majority of Massachusetts voters – it is telling and deeply troubling to see Senator Mitch McConnell step into the U.S. Senate race. Senator McConnell has led his party’s efforts on Capitol Hill to turn back the clock on women. He has voted against equal pay for women and supports private companies who want to deny women health insurance coverage for birth control. Now, he’s counting on Gomez to join his regime and be another vote against women’s health.
Gomez claims he will stand up to his own party when it comes to some issues, but he continues to dodge questions about women’s health and keep voters in the dark. Voters don’t want to play guessing games – we already did that for two years with Scott Brown.
Voters want a leader they can trust to stand up for women. That leader will be Ed Markey.
As a U.S. Representative, Congressman Markey has received a 100 percent rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for his votes against legislation that would have restricted access to safe and legal abortion, and for his votes in support of comprehensive sex education, birth control access, and funding for Planned Parenthood.
Congressman Markey supported the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation, which Gabriel Gomez would vote to repeal. During the congressional debate on the ACA, Congressman Markey also opposed the Stupak-Pitts amendment that would have effectively banned health coverage of abortion in the new health insurance marketplaces. How Gomez would vote on a measure like the Stupak amendment is yet another question he has refused to answer.
We are proud to stand with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to support Congressman Ed Markey for U.S. Senate – a vocal and consistent leader for women’s health.