Women’s Conference – Take The Pledge Webcast

WHEN: Show: 3:30-4:00pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WHAT: Webcast talk show hosted by former State Senator Sheila Kuehl


  • Host: Former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl
  • Guests:Kathy Kneer, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Lindsay Bubar, California League of Conservation Voters, DeAnn McEwen, president, California Nurses Association, Sara Nichols, California Alliance

ACTION: Women’s and progressive groups in California are standing together on October 26th at the California Women’s Conference to ask Californians to pledge to vote against Palin-endorsed candidates like Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman and vote for candidates who support choice and support women — Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown.

BACKGROUND: Sen. Barbara Boxer has been a consistent voice for women and their right to choose. She has spent her entire career fighting for health access to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. And she’s been a tireless supporter of Roe v. Wade.

Carly Fiorina, who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin, made it clear during the first Senate Debate* that “given the chance” she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. That would make criminals out of women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them.

Jerry Brown was a leader in starting and protecting our state’s family planning services, including life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings and reproductive health services. One such program, FamilyPACT, saves California almost $10 for each dollar spent by preventing unintended pregnancy. And access to contraception is a big reason that teen pregnancy rates in California have fallen 50 percent in the last decade.

In contrast, his opponent Meg Whitman has not made a commitment to protect funding for family planning services. She’s been asked and declined to respond. In fact, she’s refused to clarify her position at all when it comes to women’s health. Whitman has the support of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who this year cut ALL family planning services from the New Jersey budget. She says Christie’s leadership “provides a roadmap for what needs to be done in California.”

*St. Mary’s College, September 1, 2010