Super Women PAC—a Super PAC for the rest of us.
We are fed up with all the attacks on women today, from birth control and basic health care to lower paychecks and politicians who don't trust that we can make our own decisions. It's time we do something about it.
That's why we launched Super Women PAC. But it's not like the ones that are being used to screw over women on everything from equal pay to birth control. This is a Super PAC for the rest of us. Every woman should have a voice in the decisions that affect our pocket books, our families and our day-to-day lives. That's why we're here. Go vote and join us.
- Women helped decide the 2008 elections; Obama won the women's vote nationally in 2008 by 13 points.
- In 2008, 60% of women who were voting age reported that they voted. In 2010 that number was only 46%.
- Among young women, 6.6 million voters turned out in 2008 who did not vote in 2010.
- Among unmarried women, 11 million voters who turned out in 2008 did not vote in 2010.
- Unmarried women are the fastest growing demographic group in the country, and they are currently 25% of the eligible voter pool.
Fact: The Republican Party is Opposed to Equal Pay for women.
- Women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar men make. For minority women the gap is even larger.
- Obama's first executive action as President was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. This bill makes it easier for women to stand up to pay discrimination in their workplace.
- Leaders in the Republican Party, including Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan, voted against the bill
Year's supply of groceries: $3,210
Three months of child care: $1,748
Three months of rent and utilities: $2,265
Six months of health insurance premiums: $1,697
Six months of student loan payments: $1,602
3 tanks of gas: $100
- Romney would eliminate care for 89 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.
- The Romney-Ryan budget would completely eliminate funding for family planning under Title X, the section of the law that provides access to birth control, STD screenings and cancer screenings to low-income families.
- About 12.8 million women of reproductive age will become newly eligible for health care under ACA.
The act requires that most private health plans cover preventive services for women without having to pay a co-payment or a deductible. Some of these preventive services include:
- Well-woman visits
- Screening for breast cancer (mammograms), colorectal cancer and cervical cancer
- Domestic violence screening and counseling
- FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling
- Prenatal care and breast feeding support
Violence Against Women
The Violence Against Women Act was drafted by Vice President Biden when he was a senator and gives law enforcement and courts the ability to hold offenders accountable and also ensures that victims and their families have access to the services they need after violence occurs.
House Republicans blocked the Violence Against Women Act because they opposed expanding protections to Native American women, women in rural areas, women abused by same-sex partners; and some illegal immigrants.
Fact: Paul Ryan and the Republican Leadership have voted over 60 times to deny women basic health care and reproductive rights...and they are not finished.
- Currently half of women of reproductive age live in states that are hostile to abortion rights.
- Congress has voted over 60 times in the last session alone to limit reproductive freedom, including:
- A bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms.
- A bill that would force women to endure invasive ultrasounds they don't want and doctors say they don't need.
- A bill banning abortions in the case of rape or incest and changing the definition of rape.
- Mitt Romney is anti-choice and supports a "human life" amendment to the constitution and personhood legislation, which would give a fertilized egg the same rights as a person and could force criminal charges against women for terminating a pregnancy, no matter the reason
- Paul Ryan is so extreme that he believes that victims of rape should be forced to carry their attacker's child if they become pregnant. He said rape is another "method of conception" and not an excuse to allow abortion.
Every state in 2011 introduced bills to severely limit a woman's reproductive rights and health – Of the provisions passed, 68% were restrictions on abortion, up from 26% the year before.
These new provisions included
- mandated parental involvement;
- required pre-abortion counseling and extended waiting periods;
- mandated performance of a non–medically indicated ultrasound prior to an abortion;
- preemptive ban on abortion in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned
"When I picture a superwoman, I see the millions of women who, no matter what they're enduring, refuse to be defined simply as victims. Instead, they speak out and become heroines for all of us. This election year is a time when every woman, and every man who cares about a woman, must do the same...must step forward to make our voices heard. This effort, 'a SuperPac for the rest of us' amplifies our voices."
"It is hard to imagine an election where women have more at stake for their day-to-day lives as well as the future direction of our country. They have enormous potential power in engaging and participating in this election. Some might even say they have superpowers!"
–Celinda Lake, Political Strategist
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