Terry O'Neill: Kurt Schrader claims to be pro-choice, but isn't
A warning for Oregonians in the newly-drawn 5th Congressional District who care about women's rights: A vote for Kurt Schrader is a vote against women's ability to realistically make their own life choices.
Schrader claims to be pro-choice, but he isn't. True, he has voted against the Hyde Amendment, which blocks Medicaid from covering abortion, a common and necessary aspect of reproductive health care. But that was under pressure. He actually praised this odious law, calling it "a good balance" for a "diversity of views."
Meanwhile, Schrader has systematically fought all of the other aspects of President Biden's agenda for women and families. When you are stuck in a starvation-wage job without sick days, family leave, or affordable housing, do you have a realistic "choice" about when and how to build your family? Women, transgender and nonbinary individuals — anyone who can become pregnant — should have the right to decide whether and when to have children, and to raise their children in a safe, economically secure environment. Schrader doesn't care.
Jamie McLeod Skinner is the truly pro-choice, pro-family candidate in this election. She understands that reproductive choice should be for all women, not just the wealthy and privileged.
Terry O'Neill served as president of the National Organization for Women from 2009-17.
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