We know we may be preaching to the choir here, but just in case you need some more encouragement to register to vote¬†(state-by-state deadlines start dropping in October!), to volunteer your time to the Obama campaign, and to actually vote on November 6th, 2012, here you go:
Romney wants to overturn Obamacare, which means your birth control¬†would no longer be covered by insurance, unfairly putting the majority of¬†the financial burden around family planning back on women. Oh, and here¬†are just a few of the other preventative services that would be taken away¬†from women: testing for HPV,¬†screenings for HIV,¬†counseling for STIs,¬†breastfeeding support and supplies, and help for domestic abuse.
Romney has said he will “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, meaning he¬†would defund it.¬†That would mean a huge percentage of the whopping¬†five million people who rely on Planned Parenthood every year for¬†vital,¬†affordable¬†health care — like mammograms and cervical cancer¬†screenings, birth control, other preventive care, and, yes, safe legal¬†abortions — would be kicked to the curb, many of them left to forgo any¬†kind of health care since they can’t afford it.¬†Even if you’ve never been to Planned Parenthood, there’s a good chance you might someday, since 1 in 5 women eventually use their services. That is, if they’re still around…
Romney signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge (you know,¬†the one those two bright lightbulbs, Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum,¬†signed), affirming that he will support a constitutional amendment to ban¬†same-sex marriage, defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, and¬†nominate judges who are not sympathetic to LGBT issues. He’s even gone¬†so far as to say he opposes not only gay marriage but civil unions too: “Well, I¬†would rather have neither, to tell you the truth.“¬†Even if you’re not gay, you know someone who is — and they’re probably cooler than you; they deserve to have the same American rights as you.
The next president will have a good chance of appointing new Supreme¬†Court Justices — should any of the current ones either retire or kick the¬†bucket (four of them are in their 70s). Romney has said that he would call¬†on the court to overturn Roe v. Wade (read: make abortion illegal) and¬†appoint justices like John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence “Pubic Hair on¬†My Coke” Thomas, Antonin Scalia — all of whom are extremely¬†conservative. Some interesting factoids: The ethically-challenged Thomas¬†has not asked a single questions from the bench in the past 6 years! And¬†Scalia recently said that the Roe decision was wrong and that the court’s¬†subsequent decisions on abortion based on people’s fundamental rights¬†like privacy are “utterly idiotic.”