NOW/PAC has endorsed former governor Timothy Kaine for U.S. Senate from Virginia.
Kaine has been a champion of equal rights and opportunities throughout his career.On reproductive rights, he states: “I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade.”
He opposes proposed federal “personhood” legislation as “a damaging policy, which could ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade and ban access to some forms of FDA-approved birth control.”
On other issues that are crucial to women’s lives – equal pay, health care, violence against women, educational excellence, civil rights and LGBT rights – we can count on Kaine to protect and advance women’s well-being and rights.
From Tim Kaine’s website:
On my first day as Governor, I signed an executive order that banned discrimination against state employees based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, veteran status or disability. I also convened the Virginia Sexual Violence Commission and adopted many of their recommendations, which improved Virginia’s prevention and response to sexual violence in the Commonwealth.
I have been a strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which guarantees equal pay for equal work.
I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade. We all share the goal of reducing unwanted pregnancies and abortions. The right way to do this is through education and access to health care and contraception rather than criminalizing women’s reproductive decisions.
Kaine’s new radio ad is an example of his understanding of and commitment to NOW’s issues:
“Some politicians would turn back the clock for women. Instead of creating jobs, they tried to tell women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies. Take George Allen. He’d allow employers to deny coverage to women employees for mammograms and contraception. He supports legislation that could outlaw some forms of contraception. Yet, he voted against family and medical leave, and opposes measures to give equal pay to women.
“Tim Kaine has a different view. He supports family and medical leave and equal pay for women. It’s not just about right and wrong. It’s about economic opportunity for women, which helps all our families. Kaine believes women can make their own health decisions – government should not intrude. The difference is clear. George Allen would turn back the clock. Tim Kaine would move us forward.”
From Kaine’s statement at Planned Parenthood “women are watching” bus tour in Virginia
“Often, these issues are pushed by the other side as wedge issues. They want to use wedge issues that divide us. Women’s lives are not political issues, women’s lives are not wedge issues. Women have the ability to make their own health care decisions and their own moral decisions.”
“There has never been a time when we’ve needed fewer wedge issues. The two sides are already too far apart. We need more glue issues that can bind us together.”