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Sorry pro-choice, McMahon’s not so supportive

10/25/2010
By:

Patrick Comerford

Special to the Southern News

Do you believe in a woman’s right to have access to abortion? Do you believe that decisions regarding abortion procedures should be left between a woman and her doctor? Do you believe that marketing violence against women, sexual or otherwise, to young boys is indefensible? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should know that Linda McMahon does not stand with you.

In an attempt to buy herself a U.S. Senate seat, McMahon has pledged to spend up to $50 million of her own money. Most of that money comes from the millions she and her husband, Vince McMahon, have made during her time as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Over the years, we have gotten to see first hand how Linda McMahon views women. We have seen her daughter slap her on national television (a favor she returned to her daughter in subsequent episodes of the show). We have seen half-naked women being told to get down on their hands and knees and bark like a dog, while weeping.

And we have seen Linda’s daughter again playing the part of a domestic violence victim being threatened with further violence by the wrestler Triple H, while the audience cheered him on.

All of these are scenes from what McMahon terms a “soap opera” in which she, her husband and her daughter all portray themselves all the while profiting off of the degradation of women, presumably so she could pay for their 47-foot yacht which she has affectionately named “Sexy Bitch.”

The full scope of Linda’s vision for CT women doesn’t stop there. To see where she prioritizes women’s rights, we need to look no further than her attack on women’s reproductive health care.

Her website claims that Linda is pro-choice. What it chooses not to mention is that she seeks to cut the federal funding of abortions for victims of rape and incest, which they currently have access to under the Hyde Amendment, and believes in the outright ban of certain abortion procedures rather than leave these decisions to a woman and her doctor.

One of her most dangerous and out of touch positions regarding comprehensive reproductive health care is her support of mandatory parental involvement prior to abortion procedures. This means that if a 17-year-old needs an abortion and her family doesn’t approve, then she must carry the pregnancy to term, no questions asked.

These kinds of policies drive young women to seek out illegal abortions rather than escalate potentially abusive parent/child relationships and put the life of a young girl in danger.

Nov. 2 is an opportunity for the people of Connecticut to speak up about their support for women. We can either chose a woman who has made millions off of the pimping of sex and violence against women, or do the right thing and elect Richard Blumenthal, an attorney general who has a career-long record of promoting and protecting women’s health.

Let’s make the right choice and prove that Connecticut stands up for women.

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