[Part 6 of a 7 part series]
Barack Obama's plan for America: Women’s issues
Women outnumber men in the population of the United States 157 million to 151.8 million. This puts a strong emphasis on the importance of issues women face. These issues include health care, medical issues and equal pay. President Obama has taken a strong stand on protecting women’s rights and ensuring equal treatment for all American citizens.
Obama stands strongly on his belief that medical decisions should remain between a woman and her doctor. He is opposed to political interference in women’s health issues. Obamacare has prohibited discrimination against women when it comes to insurance rates. A woman can no longer be born with the “pre-existing condition” of being a woman. The president believes that every woman should have access birth control with no co-pays or deductibles. Obamacare eliminates co-pays and deductibles for birth control under preventive care. The co-pays and deductibles have also been lifted for all Americans for preventive services that include mammograms and prostate exams.
Romney supports overturning Roe vs. Wade and banning abortions, even in cases of incest and rape. He also supports the rights of insurance companies to make their own decisions on premium rates charged to women- including charging higher rates than men. He vows to repeal Obamacare on “Day One” and return the control of employers to limit access to medical care for their employees.
President Obama fought against attempts by Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is one of the nation's largest providers of health care services to women. Their services include offering breast exams, pap smears and birth control. His opponent supports defunding Planned Parenthood and denying access to medical care to millions of low-income women in the United States.
By signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Obama took a stand with women who are being discriminated against by being paid lower wages than males doing the exact same job. The president supports equal pay for equal work. GOP VP nomineevoted against this legislation.
There are stark differences between the two candidates for president on many issues. One of the most dramatic differences between these two candidates is when it comes to issues faced by women. Obama clearly stands with women and supports equalizing the playing field for all women. This includes supporting access to medical care, birth control and equal pay.
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