Maybe you're thinking, "Wait a minute, didn't Boehner campaign on jobs and the economy? Isn't calling for attacks on choice inconsistent with the 'limited government' he talks about?"
So, how is Boehner on choice? Let's go to his record; it goes from bad to worse.
Boehner was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990, and has cast 142 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues. All 142 were anti-choice! That's right: in 20 years in Congress, Boehner voted in favor of a woman's right to choose exactly zero times.
Here's a "greatest hits" list of Boehner's anti-choice votes:
- He voted 17 times to deny women in the military - who are defending our freedom overseas - the right to use their own, private funds for abortion care at overseas military hospitals. [House vote #109 (5/22/91); House vote #163 (6/4/92); House vote #458 (10/3/92); House vote #382 (6/15/95); House vote #641 (9/7/95); House vote #642 (9/7/95); House vote #167 (5/14/96); House vote #217 (6/19/97); House vote #171 (5/20/98); House vote #184 (6/9/99); House vote #203 (5/18/00); House vote #357 (9/25/01); House vote #153 (5/10/02); House vote #215 (5/22/03); House vote #197 (5/19/04); House vote #216 (5/25/05); House vote #136 (5/10/06)]
- He voted four times to ban the District of Columbia from using its own local funds for abortion care for low-income women. [House vote #534 (10/27/93); House vote #332 (7/22/96); House vote #408 (8/6/98); House vote #570 (7/16/09)]
- He voted twice against insurance coverage of contraception for federal employees - a provision of the law that ensures health plans cover birth control equally with other prescription medications. [House vote #290 (7/16/98); House vote #493 (10/7/98)]
- Boehner voted eight times against clinic protection for women and their doctors. [House vote #580 (11/18/93); House vote #582 (11/18/93); House vote #66 (3/17/94); House vote #68 (3/17/94); House vote #157 (5/5/94); House vote #158 (5/5/94); House vote #159 (5/5/94); House vote #125 (2/14/95)]
- He voted twice against the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows Americans to take time off work to care for a child or sick family-member. [House vote #443 (9/30/92); House vote #22 (2/3/93)]
- He voted for the notorious Stupak amendment, which would have banned abortion coverage to women in the new health system, even those buying health insurance entirely with their own money. [House vote #884 (11/7/09); House vote #166 (3/21/10)]
- John Boehner even voted (twice!) to deny federal funding of abortion care to survivors of rape and incest. [House vote #619 (8/3/95); House vote #51 (3/7/96)]
And he's just getting started. When he becomes speaker in January, Boehner will have the power to set the agenda for the entire
House of Representatives. If he succeeds, his bad policies will apply to women in all 50 states.
He's already a co-sponsor of the dangerous "Stupak on Steroids" bill
. This bill is even worse than the original Stupak amendment. It would ban coverage of abortion in the new health-care system and impose a tax on Americans with private insurance plans that include abortion coverage. Eighty-seven percent of private plans currently include such coverage.