Thursday, July 7, 2011

NWPC CA condemns sexist attack against Janice Hahn

Anti-Choice, anti-woman candidate has no place in Congress
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The National Women's Political Caucus of California urge Congressional Tea Party candidate Craig Huey to immediately call for the recent sexist ad portraying his opponent, Janice Hahn, as a stripper to be taken down. Although Huey finally condemned the ad, it took him more than 24 hours and dozens of political leaders' influence to do the right thing. Yet even in his apology, he didn't ask for the ad to be taken down.

Huey's response to this extremely sexist ad isn't surprising. The Tea Party candidate is known for his extreme position on choice and women's health. "His anti-choice, anti-woman ideology is extremely relevant in this election," says Teray Stephens, President of National Women's Political Caucus of California. "As we are in the midst of an ongoing Congressional battle to eviscerate women's health programs, including a willingness to close down the government simply to defund Planned Parenthood, we need to elect progressive leaders, not people that will add a voice to the extremist agenda."

Huey's position on choice and women's health -  undermining a woman's right to choose by putting doctors in jail for performing abortions, demanding adoption rather than abortion in all cases (including rape, incest and when the mother's life is in danger) and slashing legal life-saving reproductive health services - has no place in Congress.

If Huey is elected, he will support the Tea Party's extremist agenda, which will no doubt resurface in Congress next year, continuing the war on women, choice and critical funding for health services for men, women and children.

These sexist attacks also serve as a reminder that we must continue to fight for gender equity in politics. With more women at the table we will ensure that these attacks against choice and women's health are no longer a possibility. "The National Women's Political Caucus continues to strive for full equality, to ensure women have equal participation in the political process and have our interests fully represented and advocated for. This situation reminds us that we have a long way to go," says Stephens.

The National Women's Political Caucus proudly endorsed Janice Hahn who has had an esteemed career as a champion for women.  In light of the growing attacks on women by extremists in Congress, NWPC supports election of Hahn who will stand up and fight any attempts to roll-back women's fundamental rights in America. On July 12, Janice Hahn is the clear choice for women and for the residents of the 36th District.

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