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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is joining a town hall meeting Friday in Cambridge with Katherine Clark, the state representative running for Ed Markey’s seat in the 5th Congressional District, to talk about Clark’s “Pledge to Women and Families.”
“I’m sick and tired of extremist Republicans trying to play politics with women’s health care,” Clark said. “These incessant attacks on health care providers like Planned Parenthood have the potential to restrict women’s access to basic medical care, like physical exams and diabetes testing, cancer screenings, and tests for sexually transmitted diseases.”
She lists her pledge as:
Achieving true pay equity for women;
Standing up for our families by increasing the minimum wage and securing family and medical leave for workers;
Making real progress for our kids by funding early education and quality childcare;
Defending the right of women to make their own health care decisions, preserve access to quality health care, and protect their well-being;
Strengthening our communities by taking action on gun safety; and
Keeping our promises to seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare.
As a state legislator, Katherine has partnered with Planned Parenthood and Naral ProChoice Massachusetts to protect women’s access to health care, with Naral describing her as “a champion for a woman’s right to choose” and “a strong voice at the State House and in her district for protecting privacy and promoting reproductive health.” She has also pushed to require public schools, if they decide to provide health education, to do so in a comprehensive and medically accurate way.
Clark noted that when elected she will be joining a body that has “voted repeatedly to restrict reproductive rights, fought bitterly against the Violence Against Women Act, made multiple attempts to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, voted 41 times to repeal or defund Obamacare and its many protections for women’s health and embraced the Blunt Amendment, which tried to provide a loophole to insurers so they could block women’s access to contraception.”
“Now, after generations of women like my mom and grandmother, fought so hard for women’s equality, the Republican Congress is pushing an anti-women agenda and threatening to undo decades of progress,” Clark said. “I won’t let the extremist Republicans in Congress turn the clock back on women’s rights.”
In addition to Pelosi and Clark, a Melrose Democrat, the town hall will include state representative and city councillor Marjorie Decker and Annmarie Levins, associate general counsel for Microsoft. Decker and Clark also teamed up to tour a Head Start facility in September.
The town hall is set to start at 9 a.m. Friday at Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Ave.