Leading Women's Health Organizations Back Brown for Governor, Condemn Meg Whitman for Double Talk on Women's Privacy, Safety Issues

Brown For Governor Campaign

OAKLAND, CA - In recognition of California Attorney General Jerry Brown's record of strong and consistent support for women's health issues, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) today announced their support for Brown for Governor and condemned Republican candidate Meg Whitman for her cynical double talk on fundamental women's health issues.

"For those who believe in a woman's right to choose, the choice is clear," said Amy Everitt, State Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California. "Jerry Brown has always been an uncompromising champion of a woman's right to choose; having proven time and again his commitment to preserving a woman's right to a safe, legal abortion."

"Planned Parenthood only endorses candidates who are 100% respectful of a woman's right to make the very private, very personal decisions regarding her own reproductive health, 100% of the time," said Kathy Kneer, President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.

"We know that Jerry Brown is 100% respectful of these fundamental rights. Based upon her record, and her refusal to answer our basic questions seeking clarity from her on these issues, we do not believe California women can trust Meg Whitman to respect their right to make fundamental decisions regarding their own reproductive health."

"During the Republican Primary, Meg Whitman's campaign web site prominently featured an op-ed written by a campaign co-chair, which attacked her Primary opponent as a ‘pro-abortion candidate,' and for his ‘100 positive rating from Planned Parenthood.' The op-ed also declared that Whitman supports the Hyde Amendment," said Kneer.

Meg Whitman also has engaged in cynical double talk on public funding for abortions. In 2009, she told the Flash Report that she supported public funding for abortions. In 2010, Whitman attacked Steve Poizner for supporting public funding for abortions. That's right, Whitman attacked Poizner for a position she herself had espoused less than a year before.

"In light of her conflicted rhetoric, we asked Meg Whitman to meet with Planned Parenthood to clarify her views on reproductive health issues. She refused," added Kneer.

"What we have here is political cynicism at its worst: calling yourself pro-choice, while at the same time, attacking others for being pro-choice. Just like there's no such thing as being a little bit pregnant, there's no such thing as being a little bit pro-choice. You either are, or you're not."

"Meg Whitman disregarded NARAL Pro-Choice California as well," added NARAL's Everitt. "We twice invited her to attend our candidate forum to answer questions and elaborate on her views, and she twice declined. At the same time, Jerry Brown showed up and reiterated to voters his deep commitment to choice and privacy."

"California women just can't trust Meg Whitman," concluded PPAC's Kneer. "We sure don't."

As Governor, Jerry Brown signed the "Pregnancy Freedom of Choice Act" giving unmarried women under the age of 21 the opportunity for state-funded prenatal care and counseling; as well as a bill to require county health clinics to provide physicians and surgeons with lists of family planning and birth control clinics.

After the passage of the Hyde Amendment, the Carter Administration cut off federal funding which previously protected the right to safe and legal abortions. Despite losing federal funding and the Supreme Court ruling that states were not required to fund abortions, Brown continued to provide state funding for abortions for low-income women.

Jerry Brown also supports Roe v. Wade, the Freedom of Choice Act, and Medicaid funding of abortions. He opposes any Constitutional amendment outlawing abortion, mandatory parental notification/consent laws, and clinics that do not provide women with medically accurate information about all of their medical options.

NARAL Pro-Choice California is a statewide organization that works through the political and legislative systems to fulfill their mission: to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.

Established in 1974, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California is an organization that supports public policies promoting education, counseling and clinical services for reproductive health and family planning. PPAC is the statewide public policy office representing the nine separately incorporated Planned Parenthood organizations in California.


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