How to Talk to Your Friends about Why You Support President Obama
With a long weekend coming up, people are heading outdoors, chilling and grilling with friends and family, maybe going to the beach to cool off.
Do you know what you'll say if one of your friends or family members asks you why you're supporting President Obama? You never know when talk of the presidential election will come up - but trust us, you don't want to miss the chance to talk about voting pro-choice.
Now, I don't mean the Uncle Marvins of the world--there will always be people who simply don't share our values of women's freedom and privacy.
I'm talking about people who are firmly pro-choice, but, for one reason or another, aren't yet committed to supporting President Obama this year.
Research shows that highlighting the president's pro-choice record helps persuade these voters to support his re-election.
You can let your friends know about some of President Obama's accomplishments:
- In his first week in office, President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. That was the anti-choice policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world's poorest women birth control.
- President Obama repealed the worst provisions of the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services--including, potentially, birth control.
- President Obama signed legislation fixing the birth-control price crisis at college health centers and clinics across the country.
- President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women and cut failed "abstinence-only" programs.
- President Obama won passage of the Affordable Care Act, a.ka. Obamacare. Obamacare will ensure that nearly all women get insurance coverage of birth control without a copay.
- President Obama also pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, the "Rape Audits" bill and the "Let Women Die" bill.
President Obama's pro-choice record is clear--that's why he received the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC.
And if you can't remember these details, that's okay. Talk about the importance of keeping government out of personal, private decisions like abortion. Tell them that President Obama believes that this decision should be up to women and their families with their doctor - and that he'll always stop anti-choice attacks.
Have this conversation with your friends. It could end up making the difference in November.
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