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Scott Brown Supports Fair Pay For Women & The Lilly Ledbetter Act
Senator Brown “Strongly Supports” The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, And Would Have Voted For Its Passage. “Brown’s office said he ‘strongly supports’ the Ledbetter act and would have voted for its passage.” (Bobby Caina Calvan, “Democrats Take On GOP Over Paycheck Fairness For Women,” The Boston Globe, 6/5/12)
Scott Brown Is Pro-Choice
Brown Supports Roe Vs. Wade. “In a new interview with ABC’s ‘This Week’ program, Brown says he supports abortion but opposes forcing taxpayers to fund it. ‘Yes, I feel this issue is best handled between a woman and her doctor and her family,” he said when asked if he is ‘pro-choice.’” (Steven Ertelt, “Scott Brown Says He Supports Abortion, Limits, And Opposes Health Care Bill” http://www.lifenews.com, 1/31/10)
- “’And, you know, Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, but I think we need to do more to reduce the amount of abortions. And the difference between me and maybe others is that I’m very — I’m against partial-birth abortions. I’m against federal funding of abortions. And I believe in a strong parental consent notification laws,’ Brown added. ‘And we should do more for adoptions.’” (Steven Ertelt, “Scott Brown Says He Supports Abortion, Limits, And Opposes Health Care Bill” http://www.lifenews.com, 1/31/10)
Scott Brown Broke With His Party To Support Rape Victims In The Military, Earning The Praise Of The New York Times
“Republicans — even a small number of them — joining with Democrats on Capitol Hill to protect women’s reproductive rights is a rare and welcome sight. Last week, Senators John McCain of Arizona, Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Susan Collins of Maine voted with nearly all the Democrats on the Armed Services Committee to lift a cruel and insulting law that requires female service members who are victims of rape or incest to pay for abortion care they receive at military facilities.” (Editorial, “The Rights Of Female Soldiers,” New York Times, 5/31/12)
Scott Brown Broke With His Party To Support The Violence Against Women Act
“’It [reauthorizing VAWA] is something that is personal to me. My first experience was when I was 6 years old, trying to save my mom from getting the crap kicked out of her. It’s still something I vividly remember,’ Brown said. ‘My message to women, men and children, is that you’re not alone. If you’re feeling that you are, you should know you have many groups, groups which weren’t available when my Mom was experiencing it, that are out there. You should leave and get help. That’s something my Mom didn’t have the ability to do back then.’”(Robert Rizzuto, “Violence Against Women Act Renewal Splits Senate With Scott Brown Among Few Republicans Supporting It” Springfield Republican, 3/21/12)
“On Friday, Brown is visiting a shelter in Framingham and holding a press conference alongside his sister to push for the bill’s renewal. ‘There’s no reason why Democrats and Republicans can’t get together on this issue. If there are concerns then we should hammer it out on the Senate floor through an open and thoughtful amendment process,’ Brown said. ‘I usually find that when that happens, reasonable minds prevail and we get these things done.’”(Robert Rizzuto, “Violence Against Women Act Renewal Splits Senate With Scott Brown Among Few Republicans Supporting It” Springfield Republican, 3/21/12)
Scott Brown Supports Funding Planned Parenthood
Brown’s Commitment To Protect Planned Parenthood’s Funding Was Praised By NARAL. “The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America today praised US Senator Scott Brown for pledging to oppose a House Republican effort to eliminate federal grants and contracts that benefit the women’s health services provider Planned Parenthood. ‘Today’s report that Senator Scott Brown has said he will oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and other family-planning centers is a positive first step, and we look forward to seeing his name appear in the ‘no’ column when this vote comes to the Senate floor,’ said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Andrea Miller, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, in a joint statement.” (Mark Arsenault, “NARALpraises Brown for opposing full defunding of Planned Parenthood,” Boston Globe, 3/22/11)
In May 2011, Brown Opposed House Republican Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood. “’I support family planning and health services for women,’ Brown, a Bay State Republican, said in a statement. ‘Given our severe budget problems, I don’t believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts. However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far.’’’ (Mark Arsenault, “Brown Backs Planned Parenthood” The Boston Globe, 3/23/2011)
- “Both Massachusetts senators voted against a budget amendment today that would have banned federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood, a measure that was part of a bargain struck last week to avoid a government shutdown … ‘As I’ve said before, I believe this particular cut goes too far,’ Brown said in a brief statement.” (Theo Emery, “Kerry, Brown Vote Against Planned Parenthood Funding Ban,” The Boston Globe “Political Intelligence” Blog, 4/14/11)
Scott Brown Supports Contraception
Brown Voted For Legislation Requiring Contraception Coverage By Health Care Providers. “As a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2002, Brown supported legislation requiring contraception coverage by health care providers that also included a narrow exclusion for churches or ‘qualified church-controlled organizations.’”(Robert Rizutto, “Sen. Scott Brown joins GOP push against Obama’s revised birth control policy,” Springfield Republican, 2/14/12)
Scott Brown Supports Women in Combat
In February, 2012 Senator Brown wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta encouraging him to lift the prohibition on qualified women in combat.
“Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) pledged his support for allowing women to serve in combat, denouncing any barriers to female troops performing front-line roles including infantry, armor and special operations.” (Josh Lederman, “Scott Brown pledges support for women in combat,The Hill, 3/1/2012)
“’It’s time to break this brass ceiling,’ he said. ‘That’s why I have encouraged Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to lift the prohibition on qualified women in combat and allow them to compete for the same jobs and opportunities currently available to men.’” (Josh Lederman, “Scott Brown pledges support for women in combat, The Hill, 3/1/2012)
“I’ve been in the military 32 years,” Brown told The Sun during a visit to Lowell. “There is nothing that tells me that a qualified woman cannot do the same job as a man.” (Lyle Moran, “Sen. Brown pushes for women’s role in combat, Lowell Sun, 2/24/2012)
“It’s clear the circumstances of modern warfare have changed. Women serve on the front lines today, and they do so with incredible honor and courage. Their service should be formally recognized, and they should be able develop a career path in the military and advance to higher ranks in the same manner as their male counterparts.” (Scott Brown, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, “Time to break the brass ceiling” 3/1/2012)
Senator Brown Believes In Judging Each Nominee By His Or Her Merits, And Has Voted To Confirm 90% Of President Obama’s Female, Pro-Choice Judges. (www.senate.gov)
Scott Brown Introduced Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking
“’As a father of two daughters and an advocate at the state and federal level for tougher laws to crack down on this horrific practice, I believe we must do everything we can to eliminate human or sex trafficking,’ said Brown. ‘This bill increases criminal penalties against trafficking and enhances services for victims, and does so in a fiscally responsible and bipartisan manner. Our legislation is a strong step toward ending the abhorrent practice of human trafficking.’” (Scott Brown, Senate Office Press Release, “Senators Leahy, Brown, Kerry Introduce Bill To Fight Human Trafficking” 6/29/2011)
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