District 2 voters need to realize that Republican candidate John Archer is every bit as extreme as Todd Akin and the rest of his party. This is evident by his support of the Ryan-Romney plan to voucherize Medicare and their plan to limit the rights of women to make choices about their own reproductive health care. Out-of-state money is rolling in from Texas Republicans and elsewhere to try and put Archer and his GOP cronies in power in Iowa because they have more cash than they know what to do with. [According to the Burlington Hawkeye, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas donated $700,000 to Archer’s campaign, with a promise of more on the way].
The Republican candidates say they want small government, but not when it comes to intruding into the personal medical choices of women. The GOP wants to deny women abortions in all instances even in the case of rape or incest. They want the government to dictate to women what their futures will be. And because these ideas are decidedly unpopular, and they are worried that women won’t vote for them and they could lose, Ryan and Romney are now making false claims that they would make exceptions but their record clearly shows this to be an outright lie. And it’s not just adult women these Republican candidates don’t care about. They would cut nutritional programs that benefit children. We must not let them anywhere near the reins of power in Iowa, that much is clear.
So we were delighted and inspired to receive this note from our awesome first lady of District 2, Terry Loebsack on these issues so vital to women and children’s health and well being:
I’m sure you’re as outraged as I am about Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s reprehensible comments this weekend. Unfortunately, Congressman Akin and Dave’s opponent John Archer have more in common than just support for the Ryan Budget that threatens to end nutrition services for 1.8 million mothers, infants, and children.
Both Congressman Akin and John Archer think they know more about women’s health than women do. They both believe that a woman who has been the victim of rape should have no option if she becomes pregnant. Even Mitt Romney doesn’t agree with that extreme position.
You don’t have to take my word for it – here’s John Archer explaining it in his own words:
As the father of two daughters, Dave knows women know their health care best. He has stood up for women time and again – fighting for free preventive services like cancer screening; to stop insurance companies from charging women higher premiums just because they’re women; and for an updated Violence Against Women Act that puts protecting women ahead of Washington politics.
Dave will always fight for a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health care. I hope you’ll continue to stand with him.