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What do Dan Truitt, Todd Akin, and Paul Ryan have in common? They are all against abortion in cases of rape and incest!

Representative Dan Truitt of East Goshen

The Akin-Ryan Bill is one of the most anti-choice pieces of legislation out there! Two words that should never be used together in the same sentence: legitimate and rape. In defending his extreme anti-choice position – that a woman who is raped and becomes pregnant should not be permitted to have an abortion, Akin said, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin and Ryan were the original co-sponsors of the controversial bill H.R. 3, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which initially included language which changed the definition of “rape” to “forcible rape,” until public pressure forced the bill’s supporters to remove that unacceptable and narrow definition.
Ryan was against abortion in all cases including rape until Team Romney’s statement. Romney has said he would get rid of Planned Parenthood and has been moving further right on women’s issues since he was a pro-choice governor of Massachusetts.

Dan Truitt, like Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, is against a women’s right to choose in all cases, including rape and incest. He was even a co-sponsor of PA House Bill 1077 that would require anyone planning an abortion to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours before that procedure, with screens showing a real-time image in the expectant mother’s line of sight.

Patients could avert their eyes from the screen, but would still have to be told the results of the test’s findings about the fetus’ viability, sign a written report to give to the abortion provider and receive a sealed copy of the ultrasound image.

The point, proponents say, is that if some women see an image of the fetus’s heartbeat or other signs of life, they might have second thoughts about going ahead with the procedure.

Supporters of abortion rights have called the bill — with its mandate for what in many cases would be a vaginal ultrasound — one of the worst governmental intrusions into women’s health they have ever seen.

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President Obama speaking

We will be holding our monthly meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Old School House in East Bradford. We need your help to sign up for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Also, we have a host of great candidates that are running in the November General Election. Please check out our candidates page for details about them.

Here are just some of President Obama’s accomplishments in his first term:

  • Signed into law an economic plan that saved America from a depression, restored growth, and created or saved as many as 3.6 million jobs.
  • Signed into law landmark health insurance reform that holds insurance companies accountable, gives people and small businessess greater control of health care, and improves the quality of health care for all Americans.
  • Fought against Wall Street lobbyists to sign into law historic consumer protections and financial reforms that shield American families from unfair lending practices from credit card and mortgage companies, rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and work to prevent future financial crises.
  • Reformed the college loan system by ending subsidies to banks and using the money to make college more affordable. He also invested in community colleges that are providing Americans with the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.
  • Rescued the American auto industry, which saved millions of American jobs and helped GM and Chrysler become profitable again while repaying taxpayers.
  • Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which makes it possible for individuals to serve in the military regardless of their sexual orientation.
  • Helped women get the equal pay they deserve by signing into law the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
  • Ended the war in Iraq, initiated a responsible drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, and ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Corbett Advocates Ultrasound Before Abortion

Governor Corbett advocated for a radical new law to force women to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound 24 hours before seeking abortion care. The law would also require that the ultrasound screen be shoved in a woman’s face and doctors would have to note if a woman refused to look at it.

And it’s not just women’s rights that the right-wing Republicans in Pennsylvania are after. They’re targeting senior citizens, students, low-income families, and people with disabilities.
Click here to stand with Patrick Murphy and tell Gov. Corbett to stop demeaning women and oppose the mandatory ultrasound bill right away.

Candidate Spotlight for the 156 Legislative Race

Bret Binder

INNOVATION, INTEGRITY, IMPACT

LAWYER

Bret is the founder and managing member of Binder & Canno, LLC, a boutique law firm located in East Bradford Township. Before founding his law firm, Bret was law clerk to Justice Sandra Schultz Newman of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He credits his interest in the law to his father, David F. Binder, Esquire (author of “The Hearsay Handbook” and “Binder on Evidence”).

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

As a small business owner, Bret has created jobs, provided security for a number of families and contributed significantly to the economic growth of his community. Bret has been part-owner of “Pudding Lane Brookline” a gourmet rice pudding emporium in Haverford Township, and was previously part owner of Strikes Bowling Lounge. He was the general partner of Seamazing, LLC, a real estate investment firm, and a member of Darby Station Apartment Associates, LLC and Cambridge Princeton Properties, LLC, both real estate investment companies.

COMMUNITY AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

Bret is an avid bowler and baseball player. A star pitcher, he was the ace of two semi-pro baseball teams from 2005 to 2009. He has played semi-pro ball every season since 1997. He has bowled in a league with his family every week since he was a teenager. Bret has tutored many students in SAT’s, LSAT’s, GRE’s and GMAT’s. He has rehabilitated historic homes and revitalized vacant homes and buildings in troubled communities. Currently, he is restoring his 1710 home located in East Bradford Township, Chester County.

EDUCATION AND POLITICAL AFFILIATION

A lifelong Pennsylvanian, Bret graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics (with minors in mechanical engineering and mathematics) and went on to Villanova Law School where he became interested in politics.

Recently, Bret was instrumental in developing the Constitutional argument against the preliminary redistricting plan which butchered the 156th district by carving out half of West Chester Borough from the district thus significantly reducing the chances of a Democrat recapturing the seat. He, along with Mayor Carolyn Comitta and Rich Miller, a graduate student at West Chester University, testified against the plan before the Reapportionment Commission in Harrisburg.

Bret is seeking office because, as a legislator, he will use his experience in the law to protect the vital interests of the community, clarify and streamline existing legislation, and work on legislation to promote the economy, job creation, education, and the environment.