US-President Barack Obama: "Mitt Romney Won't Stand Up for Women's Health and Economic Security"
On October 18, 2012 President Barack Obama said at a Campaign Event in Manchester, NH:
“And when these young women graduate, I want them to receive equal pay for equal work.
I don’t know why this is so complicated. (Laughter.)
Governor Romney still won’t say whether or not he supported a law to protect that right, no matter how many times he’s asked. This is not -- this is not that hard. I’ve got two daughters. I want to make sure they get paid the same as somebody’s sons for doing the same job. (Applause.) Pretty straightforward.
Any confusion there?
THE PRESIDENT: You know where I stand. Look, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, this was the first bill I signed into law. (Applause.)
And I know you want the same thing for your daughters, or sisters, or moms, or grandmas as I do. (Applause.)
And this is not -- as I said in the debate, this is not just a women’s issue, this is a family issue, this is an economic issue.
I also believe women should make their own health care decisions. (Applause.)
I know you’ve got -- and it’s not just Washington that sometimes deals with this issue.
You’ve got a state legislature up here that sometimes acts like it knows better than women when it comes to women’s own health care decisions.
My opponent has got the same approach. Governor Romney said he’d end funding for Planned Parenthood, despite all the work it does to provide women with mammograms and breast cancer screenings.
THE PRESIDENT: Vote!
AUDIENCE: Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!
THE PRESIDENT: All right, you guys are getting it. You guys are getting it. (Laughter.)
We made sure that insurance companies are providing women with contraception.
He supported legislation that would turn those decisions over to a woman's employer.
Think about that. Do you think, like, your boss, or your insurance company, or some politician in Concord or Washington should get control of your health care choices?
THE PRESIDENT: The health care law we passed puts those choices in your hands where they belong.
That’s where they're going to stay as long as I'm President of the United States, as long -- (applause) -- as long as you vote.
AUDIENCE: Vote! Vote! Vote!