Thursday, October 23, 2014

Why women should vote for Congressman Ron Barber

For DCSRA members and subscribers to the SkyIslandScriber blog:  this is an unsolicited letter comparing Ron Barber and Martha McSally.  This is a big deal so please pass the word.  If you are female, and you do not vote for Ron Barber, you lose!

This was originally passed on by a woman who would really, really like to be represented in congress by another woman.  But ...

"Wow, what a shame.  I was hoping that a woman could become our CD - 2 representative, but it certainly is not this woman.  She does not represent my views and beliefs, how about you?"

Here is the forwarded letter (emphases added).

From: "Alison Hughes" <alisonhughes@cox.net>

To: alisonhughes@cox.net

Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:53:52 PM

Subject: Barber vs. McSally --Making the Real Difference for Women

Dear Friends and Colleagues, a friend recently sent me the below link to a survey Martha McSally submitted in 2012 to the Center for Arizona Policy in Phoenix.  In the document, Martha circles her opposition or support for 15 issues identified by the Center.  I write now to summarize what I learned, and if you agree, to ask you to please forward this note along to people who you think have a vote in Congressional District 2.

I admit I had not heard of the Center for Arizona Policy so I checked the Website to learn about the Center’s mission:   CAP “promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty.”  What I found was a far right policy group located in Phoenix. 

I got to know Martha somewhat through the Women’s Commission.  From individual conversations we had,  I initially thought she was fairly liberal in her views, but perhaps she knew she was talking with a “known” liberal!   Having now discovered how she presents herself to conservative groups, I  have formed a different opinion. This week, I contacted Ron Barber’s office to find out his views on the same issues.  In case you are not inclined to open the link and see for yourself how Martha completed her survey, let me summarize and compare some of her views with Ron’s as this is dead serious, and the CD 2 race is close, with only two weeks until election day.

Abortion rights:  Martha supports the prohibition of abortion except where it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother.  She opposes Federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions.

Ron is pro-choice, supports Planned Parenthood, and opposes the Hobby Lobby decision that made it ok for employers to impose their religious views on the reproductive choices of female employees.

Gay rights:  Martha supports amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.  Ron supports marriage equality and has signed on to legislation that will prevent discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace.   

Health care:  Martha supports permitting healthcare professionals to opt out of performing procedures that violate their moral or religious beliefs.  She also opposes the use of human embryonic stem cells for research purposes.  Ron’s positions are the exact opposite of Martha’s on these issues. 

See for yourselves.   Martha’s signature is on her completed survey in the below link.  We cannot afford to have these views representing us in the U.S. Congress.  Please help to get the word out

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