Yes, liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer of California compared men who use Viagra to women who get abortions and claims she would vote the same way on both issues. Boxer’s claim that insurance companies that cover Viagra for men should also be providing abortions to women sets her apart from most senators.
“We don’t tell men that if they want to make sure their, can buy insurance coverage through their pharmaceutical plan for Viagra that they can’t do it. No, we don’t do that, and I wouldn’t support that. It would be wrong. Well, it’s wrong to single out women and to say to women of this country, they can’t use their own private funds to purchase insurance that covers the whole range of reproductive health care,” Boxer said on the Senate floor.
Boxer goes on to explain to members in her Democratic party that they are showing “a lack of respect for women” regarding their stance on suspending tax-payer funded abortions.
This dissention was in direct response to Senator Ben Nelson-D NE who wrote an amendment for the current health care bill being debated on the Senate floor that strictly hamstrings tax-payer funded abortions.
“Barbara Boxer’s accusation that the opponents of taxpayer-funded abortions are showing a ‘lack of respect’ for women is insulting and offensive. This is yet another example of Boxer appealing to the fringe of her party and standing to the left of even her fellow Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand.
“Californians deserve to voice their concerns about the way their hard-earned dollars are spent in the Democrats’ massive $2.5 trillion government-run health care plan, and Barbara Boxer will be forced to answer for her divisive, partisan rhetoric when voters cast their ballots next November,” she concluded.
Boxer faces a tough reelection race next year against conservative Chuck DeVore or powerhouse favorite Carly Fiorina. The Republican Party has focused a great deal of attention on picking up this California Senate seat which has been in Democrat hands for more than 15 years.
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