5th District Democratic nominee for Congress Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding the GOP's decision to adopt an anti-choice platform at their 2012 convention:
By once again adopting a convention platform that advocates ending a woman's right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest or when the mother's life is endangered, Republican leaders have given us a disturbing reminder of just what's at stake in this year's election. In the course of a year, we've seen an all-male Congressional hearing on women's health, we've seen the Republican nominee for President say that he would like to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, and now we've seen a Republican U.S. Congressman and Senate nominee make outrageous statements about "legitimate rape." This has to stop.
I've been fighting for reproductive rights for my entire adult life -- starting out as a 17-year-old volunteering for Planned Parenthood in college in the seventies. As an attorney, I co-wrote legal briefs defending women's rights in key Supreme Court cases in the eighties. In Congress, I'll fight any measure that would threaten a woman's right to choose, cut access to contraception, or endanger women's healthcare.
Many of us find it hard to fathom that, in the year 2012, we still have to fight for our most fundamental rights. But as we've seen over and over again recently, we have a real problem here. The national Republican Party is now being led by extremists who have shown not only disregard, but frankly outright hostility when it comes to our reproductive rights. And at a time when far too many families are struggling to pay bills and find work, Republican leaders continue to focus on turning back the clock on reproductive rights. It's no wonder people are frustrated with Washington. With so much at stake this year, we need more than just another vote, we need a strong voice for women's rights in Congress.