Daines Earns Controversial Endorsement for his Extreme, Anti-Women's Health Agenda
Endorsement from Anti-Choice Advocate Gary Bauer Confirms Daines’ Ideological Extremism
Congressman Steve Daines and his aggressive anti-choice record has earned the support of fellow ideological zealot Gary Bauer.
Bauer, chairman of a controversial pro-life PAC, the so-called Campaign for Working Families, and Daines have led the charge on some of the most aggressive and invasive measures against women’s health.
In his first days as a Congressman, Daines co-sponsored legislation to defund planned parenthood and other organizations that receive federal funding and provide contraceptive services. He worked to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling securing women’s right to make health decisions, called for a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion even for cases of rape or incest.
Daines co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that would have increased taxes on women who chose to have an abortion and empowered the IRS to audit rape survivors to ensure that they didn’t claim sexual assault to evade taxes.
Daines, who received Bauer’s endorsement today, also led a House proposal to outlaw birth control pills.
“Daines has put ideology ahead of women with his damaging record on health and reproductive rights, and Gary Bauer’s support is a sign of how out-of-touch his positions are for Montana women and voters,” said Andrea Marcoccio, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “His crusade against choice undermines both the law and right of women to make their health care decisions and is just one part of a decidedly anti-women platform.”
Daines supported the draconian Ryan Budget and the devastating effects it would have had on women and family care, including:
1,558 Fewer Montana Women Will Be Screened For Cancer. The Republican budget would cut funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which helps low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women gain access to diagnostic services like clinical breast examinations, mammograms, pap tests, and pelvic examinations. The deep cuts in the Republican budget could result in Montana receiving $392,582 less funding. [CDC, accessed 12/17/12; DPCC Calculations Based on Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, 7/25/12]
1,521 Fewer Children Will Receive Life-Saving Vaccinations. Grants for childhood immunizations help to purchase and distribute vaccines for poor and uninsured children. The Republican budget could cut $103,952 in funding for life-saving vaccinations in Montana. [CDC, accessed 12/17/12; DPCC Calculations Based on Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, 7/25/12]
Reproductive Health Programs In Montana Could Be Cut By $418,899. The Republican budget could cut $418,899 in services funding for the Title X family planning program in Montana, which provides access to contraceptive supplies, reproductive health information and counseling, breast and pelvic examinations, breast and cervical cancer screening, STD and HIV prevention education, and pregnancy counseling to 24,035 women in 2011 alone. [HHS accessed 2/26/13; HHS, 11/12/12; Family Planning Coalition, 12/21/12; DPCC Calculations Based on CBPP, 3/14/13]
Over 116,000 Women In Montana Will Lose Access To Health Benefits. The Republican budget repeals the Affordable Care Act, eliminating health insurance coverage and new benefits for millions of Americans and jeopardizing their access to stable, secure, affordable care. 116,000 women and 81,000 children in Montana would have a lifetime limit on their coverage under the Republican budget. [White House blog,3/5/12]
31,426 Fewer Women And Children Will Have Access To Maternal And Child Health Services In Montana. The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program helps states provide critical maternal and child health services, including prenatal care, well child services, and other services through clinics, home visits, and school-based health programs. The Republican budget would cut $0.4 million in funding from Montana, resulting in 31,426 fewer women and children served. [HRSA, accessed on3/19/13; DPCC Calculations Based on Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, 7/25/12]