Monday we told you about Women for Goddard, the group of community activists who are mobilizing women to vote for Terry Goddard. We told you that Terry Goddard is the candidate for women in Arizona. Here is more information that women should know about Jan Brewer.
1. Jan Brewer opposes responsible sex education, and continues to put students at risk by applying for federal funding to promote ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage in Arizona schools. Arizona has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country, which makes it very clear that abstinence-only isn’t working.
2. Throughout her career, Jan Brewer has built a strong reputation and a consistent track record of opposing abortion.
3. As a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Jan Brewer prevented medical students from accessing abortion training at the county hospital.
4. Arizona’s Omnibus Abortion Bill, passed and signed into law by Jan Brewer last year put into place multiple restrictions on a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. Jan Brewer said, “In one swift signature it was all delivered, we protected women.”
5. This year, Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1309 into law, which requires written parental consent before a minor can receive any classroom instruction that may mention sexuality in any way, including biology.
6. Since becoming governor in January 2009, Jan Brewer has signed into law eight anti-choice bills, earning a glowing endorsement from Arizona Right to Life PAC.
7. Jan Brewer said, “God has placed me in this powerful position of Arizona’s Governor to help guide our State.”
8. Jan Brewer banned Planned Parenthood from distributing information about family planning and sexually transmitted infection prevention at two state-sponsored Women’s Health Expos.
9. Jan Brewer’s administration reneged on the agreement between the Arizona Department of Health and Planned Parenthood to promote testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
10. Jan Brewer supports requiring women considering abortion to receive information that is not medically necessary or accurate nor medically indicated, allowing a pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription based on a personal bias, a 24-hour waiting period before women can access care, and denying minors confidential treatment for STDs.
Clearly, Jan Brewer doesn’t trust women to make their own health care decisions, and she doesn’t trust teens to be able to process medically-accurate, comprehensive sex education information. Arizona’s women and families cannot afford to keep Jan Brewer in office.
Let’s elect the pro-choice candidate who trusts women, Terry Goddard.