So, it’s not a secret that I support Ed Markey. But it keeping with the traditions of this site and good neighborliness, I welcome supporters of Joe Kennedy III to post their opinions here — even if it makes me cringe, or if it’s not as flattering to Ed as I would like, or it tells uncomfortable truths. Bring it on – that’s what we’re here for.
But I do insist that we be factual, “reality-based”. Please don’t post things that are verifiably untrue.
Ed Markey is “unwaveringly pro-choice”, and has been since 1983. Markey just received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. He’s also received the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Incidentally he also received these endorsements on these very pages when he first ran for Senate against Stephen Lynch, who is far more conservative on abortion. NARAL noted his “steadfast commitment to protecting reproductive freedom and privacy“; Planned Parenthood said (in bold): “Congressman Markey is a consistent and trusted advocate for women’s access to health care at home and around the world.“
Here’s Ed last March defending Title X funding for clinics and providers that provide abortion services. This is consistent with what we’ve heard from Ed over the years:
“From the halls of the Supreme Court to the halls of local health centers, the Trump administration is waging an all-out assault on women’s reproductive health,” Markey said. “A woman’s reproductive health decision should be left up to a woman and her health care provider. That is it. A health care provider receiving federal funds should be judged on its ability to serve a patient. That is it.”
The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act would statutorily prohibit the application of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion. The bill would allow health plans funded by public programs, including Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits program and TRICARE, among others, to cover abortions. It would also make it so state and local governments may not prohibit, restrict or otherwise inhibit insurance coverage of abortion care by private health plans.
I’d also point out that two of the most reliable votes against Trump’s lousy judges (including Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, naturally) and exec branch picks are Elizabeth Warren … and Ed Markey — even when most other Dems roll over.
He’s pro-choice, actively, vocally, and consistently; and has been for nearly 37 years, and certainly will be for the next 6 years. That’s all there is to it.