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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 16, 2008

McCain Mocks Women's Health and Loses Their Votes (with "Air Quotes")

Did you see that? McCain used "air quotes" as he insulted women who face a difficult decision about abortion when their health is threatened. McCain looked every bit as out of touch with women's everyday lives as his 25-year record of voting against women's freedom and privacy demonstrates.  View the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvJqBEwXklE.

"If McCain is going to regret anything from last night's debate, it just may be his mocking women's health to a national audience," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "His disregard for women's health caused a national gasp, as McCain let slip the truth about his extreme position on choice -- a reality he tends to save for speeches to his far-right base. If women in this country are still undecided, they won't be after watching last night's debate. The difference between the candidates is clear. A McCain presidency would mean another four years of Bush-style politics, while a President Obama would mean a shift to commonsense policies that protect a woman's right to choose, and work to prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion."

NARAL Pro-Choice America is educating a unique audience of pro-choice Republican and Independent women voters about the McCain-Palin ticket's extreme opposition to abortion-care, birth control, and comprehensive sex education. The organization sent the video, highlighting McCain's comments at last night's debate, to more than half a million activists. For a complete record of McCain's anti-choice votes, please visit http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/assets/files/mccain_fact_sheet.pdf.

Contact:
Samantha Gordon, 202.973.3032


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