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BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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Disturbed by stance on women’s rights

As a young woman, I am disturbed by Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s stances on women’s health care. Their policies would essentially take away a woman’s right to make a decision about her basic health and have men make the decisions for them.

The majority of American’s are nowhere near as extreme as Romney and Ryan when it comes to their stance on women’s health. Case in point, Paul Ryan cosponsored a law to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Both candidates are also equally committed to eliminating Planned Parenthood, overturning the Affordable Care Act, and allowing companies to pick and choose what health services women should receive.

What people don’t often realize is that one in five women will visit Planned Parenthood for an abundance of health services such as a cancer screenings, annual Pap smears, breast exams, birth control, and prenatal care. For young women just starting their careers, it’s often the only available or affordable option. These are basic services that every woman needs to receive regardless of lifestyle and sexual choices. So, when the Republican candidates talk about eliminating Planned Parenthood, they’re talking about eliminating women’s access to basic, lifesaving care.

I find it upsetting that Romney and Ryan are so blindly committed to their ideology that they’ll sacrifice women’s health-care needs. I’m also upset that we are still having this discussion.

Fortunately, we have a president who defended Planned Parenthood and vowed to protect family-planning funding that provides contraceptive care to more than 66,000 Iowa women. As women, we need to work together to re-elect President Obama because he trusts women to make their own health-care decisions.

Margaret Murphy
Iowa City resident

Vote for Stutsman

Iowa House District 77 is a newly formed district in effect for the 2012 elections.  It includes the communities of North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville, and Lone Tree, in addition to rural townships in western and southern Johnson County.

Even though this new district has no incumbent representative running for the Statehouse, it doesn’t lack a candidate that is an experienced public servant and involved local citizen. That person is Sally Stutsman. She has the knowledge and expertise to be a truly effective representative.

Stutsman has served Iowans for more than 17 years as a Johnson County supervisor and in other public-service capacities in the county. She and her husband are graduates of Iowa State University and are lifelong Johnson County family farmers.

Sally’s slogan is “Let’s get to work,” which neatly sums up her attitude and effectiveness.  She has devoted countless hours to improving life for the people of our county.  Her work is a testament to her Democratic values. Sally will be a force for empowering working people, protecting our environment, and promoting local business.  Sally will work to reinforce Iowa’s traditional reputation for clean and fair government.

Sally is a warm and caring person who connects easily with people from all walks of life.

Vote now, by mail, or on Nov. 6 for the candidate for the people, Sally Stutsman.

Virginia Meyer
Lone Tree

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