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Feminists for Kucinich

Here is a statement by American feminists in support of Dennis Kucinich for President. There is also a link to an online petition if you support our position
FEMINISTS FOR KUCINICH


We are feminists who consider the Bush administration a danger to our country and the world, and see a regime change in 2004 as the highest political priority. Rather than waiting to hear what all the Democratic candidates have to say, then jumping on the bandwagon of the least offensive, we decided to make our own list of priorities and see who agrees with us. Here's our list:

We want a candidate who will stop the war on the poor. Though an estimated 20 -29 percent of Americans live in poverty, the Republicans' new tax code penalizes the poor and rewards the rich. Women on welfare are forced into low-paid jobs, even in the absence of childcare. Food pantries can no longer meet the demand of the millions of the poor, both employed and unemployed. When anyone mentions these facts, the Republicans accuse them of inciting a "class war," but they are the ones who have started this war, whose victims are disproportionately women, children and people of color.

We want a candidate who stands for peace, respects international treaties and institutions such as the U.N. and the International Criminal Court, and tries to resolve problems through negotiation. We are horrified by the fact that our country started a war for no clear reason, on the basis of lies and distortions, in defiance of international law and world opinion, and without concern for the lives that would be lost. Far from protecting us from terrorism, such military adventures can only increase our vulnerability and feed the rage and ranks of those who seek to harm us.

We want a candidate who will defend the separation of church and state, and the individual rights guaranteed us by the Constitution. The Bush administration has instituted detention without trial; secret military tribunals; and hugely increased government surveillance of our citizens.

We want a candidate who opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and who stands for women's reproductive rights and recognizes that these rights depend on universal health insurance. The right to choose means women are entitled to abortion, if that is their choice, and to all the social supports necessary to raise children, if that is their choice. The Bush administration is seeking to appoint judges who will undermine these rights.

We want a candidate who will address questions of global economic imbalance and stand up for the rights of immigrants. International financial institutions like the IMF and World Bank, led by the U.S., have imposed "structural adjustment" policies that relentlessly increase the gulf between rich and poor countries -- driving many of the world's poor to come here, legally or illegally. We call for an end to the harassment of undocumented workers by the INS and the political persecution of immigrants of color--the round-ups and detentions. We are a "nation of immigrants" and should embrace this heritage.

We want a candidate who will challenge racism domestically and internationally; who understands that affirmative action is still needed and that our schools have been re-segregated; and who will take a stand against the Republican Party's use of stereotypes to spread division and fear, from Reagan's "welfare queens" to today's demonized version of Islam.
Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate who not only agrees with all these points but has developed policies to support them: starting a cabinet-level Department of Peace; supporting unions and the right to organize; cutting the bloated military budget; restoring environmental regulations and launching a "Global Green Deal" to benefit developing countries; withdrawing from NAFTA and the WTO and challenging IMF/World Bank policies; repealing the "Patriot Act"; upholding Roe v. Wade; working for universal health insurance; and abolishing the racially and economically biased death penalty.

Because we feel that he comes closest to representing our priorities, we have decided to support Dennis Kucinich for President and hope you will join us by signing this statement. Of course this does not preclude our voting for whoever gets the nomination; this is about whom to support in the primaries. Molly Ivins has put it: Vote your heart in the primaries, vote your head in November. If Dennis wins enough hearts, there won't be any contradiction.

Original Signers:


Barbara Ehrenreich, a political essayist whose most recent book is Nickel and Dimed: Surviving in Low Wage America

Angela Gilliam, a professor at Evergreen State College and expert on Black feminist anthropology and international feminism

Ynestra King, a writer and activist specializing in environmental, feminist, and disability issues

Gail Lerner, an organizer in the global women's movement, who has worked with several United Nations agencies and international NGOs in the U.S. and abroad

Grace Paley, a writer and peace activist whose works include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Later That Same Day, and Just as I Thought

Rosalind Petchesky, an international feminist activist and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and the City University of New York

Digna Sanchez, a Latina community activist in New York, president of the Aspirante Alumni Fellowship

Meredith Tax, a novelist, essayist and international organizer of feminist writers, whose books include Rivington Street and Union Square



We urge you to take action now by signing the statement!

We hope if you are signing this that you want to help Dennis Kucinich win the nomination and would like to be involved when he comes to campaign in your district. You don't have to give us your address and phone number but it would really help if you did, and we promise not to share it with anyone but people working on the campaign.

Eligible signatories: Residents of the United States of America

If you agree with the statement go to the following link and sign on!

 http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/feminists_4_kucinich/

homepage: homepage: http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/feminists_4_kucinich/


It's time to work together 08.Jul.2003 15:44

lostinparadise

Hey sisters,

It's been a long time since we talked or worked together. We were all so busy just trying to survive. Maybe it's time to work together again. And...don't let anyone tell us we have to compete to have freedom. You must remember when we were just good friends. Let's put down the weapons of words and struggle and start talking to each other again. We really need to do something before they take all the kids into their war.

We have to dare to become radically courageous with each other.

See you in the streets and in the polls sisters.

You're so cute! 09.Jul.2003 09:32

4H lover

You girls are so cute when you talk like this.

What's 4H?

Hot, Hairy, Horny Hippie chicks. Love you all.

Support for Presidential Wanna Be's 09.Jul.2003 15:22

Deicide

This is "independent" media. Why are features being given to presidential campaigns and their platforms? I don't think independent media should be a podium for anyone in the state power structure...or its aspirees.

On another note, take a look at Kucinich's record. We are all certainly capable of changing, but this person has not always been such an avid feminist. In fact, he used to be ardently anti-choice. It one point he scored a 90 percent approval rating from the National Right to Life Committee, while scoring a flat 0 with National Abortion Rights League. In "The Nation" it was written on 5/20/02 that

"In his two terms in Congress, he has quietly amassed an anti-choice voting record of Henry Hyde-like proportions. . . . That a solidly anti-choice politician could become a standard-bearer for progressivism, the subject of hagiographic profiles in The Nation and elsewhere, speaks volumes about the low priority of women's rights to the self-described economic left, forever chasing the white male working-class vote. Supporting an anti-choice Congressman may have seemed pragmatic; trying to make him President would be political suicide."

On March 20th, 1997 he voted in favor of banning partial birth abortions (HR 1122) On September 30th, 1999 he voted for a bill that would have made injuring or killing a fetus a criminal offense (HR 2436) This bill passed.

I wonder what changed? The voter demographic? The PAC money?

These are important questions, because the fact is that the value of ethics means next to nothing in political campaigns. Feminists for Kucinich...you may be getting duped.

Finally, Kucinich seems to "get it" ... 10.Jul.2003 04:53

Dance

"That a solidly anti-choice politician could become a standard-bearer for progressivism, the subject of hagiographic profiles in The Nation and elsewhere, speaks volumes about the low priority of women's rights to the self-described economic left, forever chasing the white male working-class vote. "

Actually, it says that some oberservers can discern the difference between those who pursue "pro-life" politics as a means of righteous moralizing or fostering the oppression of women and those who are truly pro-life as a moral principle (for example, unlike some pro-lifers, Dennis Kucinich opposes the death penalty). It also rejects moral absolutism wherein "having an abortion ..." or "opposing abortion ..." or "supporting a pro-life politician ... is ALWAYS the most reprehensible behavior." Instead, it speaks to the reality that, in life, decisions about politics, procreation, and abortion are all subject to weighing various competing moral considerations in a given situation. And, I suppose, it says that neither working-class white males nor their votes are necessarily the enemy.

I don't know what "the self-described economic left" is, but my reason for considering working or voting for a Democrat in an election is that I find those currently in control of the U.S. government and its policies to be of grave harm and on-going danger in almost every way to me, human evolution, rational existence, all life on earth, and Gaia herself.

In the context of what I know of his public life, I perceive Kucinich's explanation of his change in position on abortion to be as sincere and solid as possible for any human being. I'm not overjoyed by his history of vehement opposition to reproductive choice, but I think his experience of honest adherence both to "pro-life" and "pro-choice" positions may give him a unique opportunity ulitimately to more firmly establish women's rights in this regard. His respect for the morality of both positions may help quell society's strident conflicts over abortion, enabling us to move on to fuller acceptance that a woman's control over her own body and its processes is not only her legal right, but a fundamental value of our society.

To read Kucinich's explanation of his change of position on abortion rights, go to  http://www.kucinich.us/issues/issue_rightsreproductive.htm

A republican rubs his money-grubbing hands in glee 10.Jul.2003 07:46

Repub#45

It's fun to see everyone throwing thier vote away like this.

Feminists for Kucinich: Making the Wrong Choice? 14.Aug.2003 16:05

RealFeminist

Feminists for Kucinich Making the Wrong Choice?

We believe Kucinich supporters are free to support any candidate they want for any reason they want. They should not make claims which completely contradict the record, however. They can support Kucinich or they can support a pro-choice candidate, but they can't do both.




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A group called "Feminists for Kucinich" endorsed the Ohio Representative for President. The Kucinich Campaign quickly began circulating a statement in which they argue:
"We want a candidate who will defend the separation of church and state.... We want a candidate who ... stands for women's reproductive rights." And "The right to choose means women are entitled to abortion, if that is their choice...."
If this is what they really want, then Kucinich is not the candidate for them. The "feminists for Kucinich" conclude, "Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate who not only agrees with all these points but has developed policies to support them...." Sadly, the record contradicts this.
In fact, Kucinich is the only Democratic candidate who does not agree with any of these positions on women's reproductive rights. Check the record. Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted with the National Right to Life Committee on every anti-choice issue for several years. He opposes not only the right to choose but also voted against helping women obtain birth control.

Kucinich voted to support Bush's "gag rule" and Bush's ban on US aid to international family planning agencies and to block federal insurance plans from paying for birth control. Kucinich votes against choice and reproductive rights include:

For the ban on dilation and extraction procedures and to override President Clinton's veto of the ban, for a "gag" rule to prevent health care professionals from discussing abortion, for banning funds for family planning, for the so-called "Child Custody Protection Act" to hinder non-parents from helping girls exercise the right to choose, for the most extreme bill criminalizing causing the death of a fetus.

Against research funds for the "abortion pill" RU-486, against contraception for federal workers' insurance plans, against letting women exercise the right to choose on military bases even if they pay for a procedure themselves, against allowing DC to provide funding for choice even using non-federal money. Kucinich also co-sponsored a bill to criminalize all cloning research. (Vote details at end of this message.)

Regressive Progressive? SUBJECT TO DEBATE
by Katha Pollitt The Nation magazine, May 9, 2002

Key Quotes:

"One thing you won't find on Kucinich's website, though, is any mention of his opposition to abortion rights. In his two terms in Congress, he has quietly amassed an anti-choice voting record of Henry Hyde-like proportions."

"He supported Bush's reinstatement of the gag rule for recipients of US family planning funds abroad. He supported the Child Custody Protection Act, which prohibits anyone but a parent from taking a teenage girl across state lines for an abortion. He voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which makes it a crime, distinct from assault on a pregnant woman, to cause the injury or death of a fetus."

"He voted against funding research on RU-486. He voted for a ban on dilation and extraction (so-called partial-birth) abortions without a maternal health exception. He even voted against contraception coverage in health insurance plans for federal workers - a huge work force of some 2.6 million people (and yes, for many of them, Viagra is covered)."

"Where reasonable constitutional objections could be raised - the lack of a health exception in partial-birth bans clearly violates Roe v. Wade, as the Supreme Court ruled in Stenberg v. Carhart - Kucinich did not raise them; where competing principles could be invoked - freedom of speech for foreign health organizations - he did not bring them up."

"He was a co-sponsor of the House bill outlawing all forms of human cloning, even for research purposes, and he opposes embryonic stem cell research. His anti-choice dedication has earned him a 95 percent position rating from the National Right to Life Committee, versus 10 percent from Planned Parenthood and 0 percent from NARAL."

"When I spoke with Kucinich by phone, he seemed to be looking for a way to put some space between himself and his record. 'I believe life begins at conception' [he said.]"

"[W]hen asked by Planned Parenthood in 1996 whether he supported the substance of Roe, however, he told them he did not...."

"He presented his votes as votes not against abortion per se but against federal funding of the procedure. Unfortunately, his record does not easily lend itself to this reading: He voted specifically against allowing Washington, DC, to fund abortions for poor women with nonfederal dollars and against permitting female soldiers and military dependents to have an abortion in overseas military facilities even if they paid for it themselves."

"Similarly, although Kucinich told me he was not in favor of 'criminalizing' abortion, he voted for a partial-birth-abortion ban that included fines and up to two years in jail for doctors who performed them...."

"'I haven't been a leader on this,' Kucinich said. 'These are issues I would not have chosen to bring up.' But if he plans to run for President, Kucinich will have to change his stance...."

"OK, but shouldn't he have started his education before he cast a vote barring funds for abortions for women in prison? (When I told him the inhumanity of this particular vote made me feel like throwing up - you're not only in jail, you have to have a baby too? - he interjected, 'but there's a rape exception!')"

"Kucinich has to understand that denying abortion funding to poor women is as much a class issue as denying them any other kind of healthcare."

"That a solidly anti-choice politician could become a standard-bearer for progressivism, the subject of hagiographic profiles in The Nation and elsewhere, speaks volumes about the low priority of women's rights to the self-described economic left, forever chasing the white male working-class vote."

"Supporting an anti-choice Congressman may have seemed pragmatic; trying to make him President would be political suicide. Pregnant prisoners may not vote, but millions of pro-choice women do."

Link:  http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020527&s=pollitt

As Katha Pollitt predicted, Kucinich is claiming he's changed his mind on the right to choose in order to run for the Democratic nomination.

Kucinich opens campaign with change on abortion
by Tom Diemer The Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 17, 2003

Key Quotes:

"U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich opened a long-shot bid for the White House yesterday by altering one of his long-standing positions, promising Iowa Democrats he would be 'pro-choice' on the question of abortion."

"In Congress, Kucinich, who represents Cleveland's West Side and western suburbs, has generally voted against abortion rights and has consistently opposed federal funding of abortion for poor women, a record he acknowledged at a later stop in Iowa City."

"He was met in that college town by three women holding abortion-rights placards. 'He has a very poor record with Planned Parenthood,' said Gina Shatteman, holding a sign that read 'No Forced Motherhood.'"

Link:  http://www.cleveland.com/world/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1045488643215370.xml

Even publications and writers who support Kucinich concede he has an abysmal record on reproductive freedom.

The Word from Washington
By Ruth Conniff The Progressive April 2003 Key Quotes:

"Kucinich has one big problem with a grassroots, progressive base: His position on abortion. Until last year, he maintained a nearly perfect voting record according to National Right to Life, and scored an absolute zero in the vote tally kept by the National Abortion Rights Action League."

"'I withheld my support on a number of bills in the last year,' he says, adding that the aggressive Republican effort to overturn Roe v. Wade persuaded him to help protect women's fundamental constitutional right to abortion."

"'I don't believe in abortion, but I do believe in choice,' he says."

Link:  http://www.progressive.org/april03/conn0403.html

Kucinich claims he believes in choice, but is that true? We know he opposes abortion but does he really "believe in choice?" Let's examine his rationale for changing his life-long position against choice.

There's been a sustained "aggressive Republican effort to overturn Roe v. Wade" since Kucinich entered Congress. What other than his decision to run for President changed "in the last year" that "persuaded" him to reconsider his 100% anti-choice position? Has he really "help[ed] protect women's fundamental constitutional right to abortion" since his conversion? Not really.

The strange journey of Dennis Kucinich
by Timothy P. Carney National Review Online , November 1, 2002 Key quotes:

"In the Ohio state Senate, Kucinich voted to ban partial-birth abortions. In 1996, while running for U.S. House, the former 'boy-mayor' of Cleveland said, 'I believe that life begins at conception.' When Kucinich was coming to Washington, the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy counted the former mayor as one of a handful of 'anti-choice' Democratic newcomers."

"In the 105th Congress, Kucinich - no conservative - earned a 90 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee. His only heresies in the eyes of these abortion foes being his support of the Shays-Meehan campaign-finance bill."

"[Kucinich] voted with the National Right to Life Committee on every single abortion vote in his first two years. That was more pro-life than three Ohio Republicans that year. The votes included sticking up for a ban on partial-birth abortion and voting to thwart President Clinton's plan to give foreign aid to overseas agencies that perform and counsel abortion."

"Kucinich voted again to ban partial-birth abortion, block aid to International Planned Parenthood, and prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortions in federal prisons. His score in the 106th Congress with the National Right to Life Committee was 95 percent - again, only voting against them on Shays-Meehan."

"In April [2001], Kucinich supported the 'Unborn Victims of Violence Act,' which criminalized harming a fetus in a crime, and he opposed the Democratic substitute that would have defused the fetus-is-a-life parts of the bill."

"In May, 2001, Kucinich again voted against funding International Planned Parenthood. Two months later he voted to block federal funding of prison abortions. On the cloning ban, the congressman voted the straight pro-life line, supporting the bill and opposing his party's efforts to soften the ban."

"On September 25, 2001, Kucinich helped kill a measure by California Democrat Loretta Sanchez that would have allowed for federal funding of abortions in overseas U.S. military bases."

Link:  http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-carney110102.asp

Kucinich's Choice, Does the presidential contender mean what he says on abortion?
By David Enrich, February 20, 2003. Key Quotes:

"Kucinich compiled a consistently pro-life voting record, earning a 95-percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee in 2000. 'He absolutely believes in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception,' Kucinich's spokeswoman explained last year."

Link:  http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.asp?ref=/comment/comment-enrich022003.asp

The Kucinich record is not merely anti-abortion, he is fundamentally anti-choice and against reproductive rights. Kucinich refused to defend choice, women's health, Roe v. Wade, or freedom of speech for health workers and organizations. Now, he is trying to cover up if not lie about all of this.

Kucinich's anti-choice orthodoxy earned him a 95 percent grade from Pat Robertson but 10 percent from Planned Parenthood and 0 percent from the defenders of choice NARAL. Now, he can't explain his verbal flip-flop or reconcile his pandering with his lack of action to protect women's rights - especially poor women and those under the thumb of the federal government.

As Katha Pollitt predicted, Kucinich is claiming he's changed his mind on the right to choose in order to garner support for the Democratic nomination. Has he really changed his mind? No. Despite claims he is defending the right to choose, he hasn't voted even once to favor it.

Kucinich is not merely anti-abortion. He is vehemently anti-choice and radically opposed to Separation of Church and State on reproduction issues. He consistently voted against choice, and cannot bring himself to support it when it counts.

Kucinich opposes choice for women in federal prisons. He even voted against choice for women in DC and in the US armed forces or married to servicemen seeking to pay for abortions with their own money! He is so anti-choice he voted to deny help for women around the world who rely on agencies like International Planned Parenthood and voted to punish any agency which performs or even counsels on abortion.

Recently, even after his "campaign conversion," Kucinich refused to protect the right to choose when he voted "present" rather than take a stand on key issues including Republican efforts to ban D&E procedures pejoratively called "partial birth abortions." In this, Kucinich repudiates the principled stance supporting separation of Church and State as articulated by Mario Cuomo and Ted Kennedy.

Kucinich admitted he does not support Roe v. Wade, making his claims he would use that as a litmus test when nominating Supreme Court Justices questionable at best. This is more than troubling. It shows Kucinich is a chameleon on choice, changing superficially to blend in with his Democratic rivals and camouflage his real position.

Kucinich, despite his denials, imposes his religious biases on women in the US and around the world. Those who support freedom of religion, Roe v. Wade and constitutional reproductive rights should realize Kucinich has been on the wrong side of these issues his entire career.

Although he has changed his rhetoric in contemplation of his run for the White House, he only slightly shaded his votes. In the House of Representatives, when it counts, Kucinich refuses to defend choice even in symbolic votes.

Talk is cheap. Kucinich's actions prove he remains anti-choice, anti-Roe, and he supports fundamentalist religious interference in your life. If these positions run counter to your priorities, you can't support Dennis Kucinich.

The Kucinich voting record on Reproductive Rights from http://www.vote-smart.org/

Abortion Service Refusals-Passage

Bill Number: HR4691 Issue: Abortion Date: 09/25/2002 Sponsor: Bill sponsored by Bilirakis, R-FL

Roll Call Number: 0412 Bill passed Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich was present but had no stand.

Vote to pass a bill that would prohibit the federal, state and local governments that receive federal funding from discriminating against health care providers, health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and "any other kind of health care facility, organization or plan," that decline to refer patients for, pay for or provide abortion services

HR4691 Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002

Family Planning Funds

Bill Number: HR 2159 Issue: Abortion Date: 09/04/1997 Sponsor: Paul, R-TX

Roll Call Number: 0358 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Vote on an amendment to prohibit the use of funds for population control or population programs; family planning activities; or abortion procedures.

HR 2159: FY 1998 Foreign Operations Appropriations

Vote on an amendment to prohibit the use of funds for population control or population programs; family planning activities; or abortion procedures. Amendment offered by Paul, R-TX. (Amendment rejected 147-278 on 9/4/97).

Late-Term Abortion - Final Passage

Bill Number: HR 1122 Issue: Abortion Date: 10/07/1997 Sponsor: Motion introduced by Canady, R-FL; Bill introduced by Solomon, R-NY.

Roll Call Number: 0500 Motion agreed to Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Motion to agree to the Senate amendments on a bill that would ban certain late-term abortions, except when necessary to save the life of the mother.

HR 1122: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

International Family Planning - Smith Amendment

Bill Number: HR 2159 Issue: Abortion Date: 09/04/1997 Sponsor: Smith, R-NJ

Roll Call Number: 0363 Amendment adopted Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Vote on an amendment that would prohibit U.S. foreign aid to foreign organizations that perform abortions, and would ban contributions to the U.N. Fund for Population Activities, unless it is no longer active in China or China ends coercive abortions, among other provisions.

HR 2159: FY 1998 Foreign Operations Appropriations

International Family Planning - Gilman Amendment

Bill Number: HR 2159 Issue: Abortion Date: 09/04/1997 Sponsor: Gilman, R-NY

Roll Call Number: 0362 Substitute amendment rejected; the original Smith Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote on a substitute amendment that would allow organizations that do not promote abortion as a method of family planning and that use funds to prevent abortion as a method of family planning to remain eligible for funding, among other provisions.

HR 2159: FY 1998 Foreign Operations Appropriations

Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities

Bill Number: HR 1119 Issue: Abortion Date: 06/19/1997 Sponsor: Harman, D-CA

Roll Call Number: 0217 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote on an amendment to allow privately-funded abortions for military women and dependents at overseas military hospitals.

HR 1119: The Department of Defense Authorization Act

Vote on an amendment to allow privately-funded abortions for military women and dependents at overseas military hospitals, reversing the ban implemented in 1995. Amendment offered by Harman, D-CA. (Amendment rejected 196-224 on 6/19/97)

Fiscal 2001 Defense Auth.-Military Base Abortions

Bill Number: HR 4205 Issue: Abortion Date: 05/18/2000 Sponsor: Amendment sponsored by Sanchez, D-CA; Bill sponsored by Spence, R-SC

Roll Call Number: 0203 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote on an amendment that would repeal the ban on privately funded abortions at overseas military facilities.

HR 4205: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 State Department Authorization-Family Planning Funding

Bill Number: HR 1646 Issue: Abortion Date: 05/16/2001 Sponsor: Amendment sponsored by Hyde, R-IL; Bill sponsored by Hyde, R-IL

Roll Call Number: 0115 Amendment adopted Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Vote to adopt an amendment that would remove language reversing President Bush's restrictions on funding to family planning groups that provide abortion services, counseling or advocacy.

HR 1646 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003

United Nations Population Fund - 'Mexico City Policy'

Bill Number: HR 1757 Issue: Abortion Date: 06/05/1997 Sponsor: Smith, R-NJ

Roll Call Number: 0194 Amendment adopted Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Vote on an amendment to ban population planning funds from any foreign group that performs or actively promotes abortions, and prohibit U.S. funding of the U.N. Population Fund unless the president certifies that it has ended its activities in China, or no coercive abortions associated with China's family planning policies are being performed.

HR 1757: The Foreign Relations Reauthorization Act

FY 1999 DC Appropriations - Local Funds for Abortions

Bill Number: HR 4380 Issue: Abortion Date: 08/06/1998 Sponsor: Amendment introduced by Norton, D-DC; bill introduced by Taylor, R-NC.

Roll Call Number: 0408 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote to allow funds other than federal funds to be used to pay for abortions for low-income women.

HR 4380: District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1999

FY 1999 Commerce, Justice, State - Prison Abortions

Bill Number: HR 4276 Issue: Abortion Date: 08/04/1998 Sponsor: Amendment introduced by DeGette, D-CO; bill introduced by Rogers, R-KY.

Roll Call Number: 0387 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote to strike language in the bill that prohibits the use of federal funds to be used for abortion for women in prison.

HR 4276: Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, and Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999

FY 1999 Treasury-Postal Approp - Abortion Coverage

Bill Number: HR 4104 Issue: Abortion Date: 07/16/1998 Sponsor: Amendment introduced by DeLauro, D-CT; bill introduced by Kolbe, R-AZ.

Roll Call Number: 0288 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote to strike the provisions in the bill prohibiting the use of funds to pay for abortions under the program to cover abortions under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

HR 4104: Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999

FY 1999 Treasury-Postal Approp - Ban Abortion Coverage

Bill Number: HR 4104 Issue: Abortion Date: 07/16/1998 Sponsor: Amendment introduced by Smith, R-NJ; bill introduced by Kolbe, R-AZ.

Roll Call Number: 0292 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Vote to prohibit the use of funds to require health care plans for federal employees to cover contraceptives that chemically induce abortion.

HR 4104: Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999

FY 2001 Treasury Approps.-Abortion Funding

Bill Number: HR 4871 Issue: Abortion Date: 07/20/2000 Sponsor: Amendment sponsored by DeLauro, D-CT; Bill sponsored by Kolbe, R-AZ

Roll Call Number: 0422 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote on an amendment that would strike a provision in the bill that would ban the use of funds to pay for abortions or the administrative costs associated with them through the federal employees health benefit program.

HR 4871: Treasury-Postal Appropriation Bill for fiscal 2001

Transporting Minors for an Abortion - Passage

Bill Number: HR 3682 Issue: Abortion Date: 07/15/1998 Sponsor: Bill introduced by Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL.

Roll Call Number: 0280 Bill passed Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Vote to prohibit the transportation of a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion in order to circumvent parental consent laws.

HR 3682: Child Custody Protection Act

FY 1999 Defense Authorization - Overseas Abortions

Bill Number: HR 3616 Issue: Abortion Date: 05/20/1998 Sponsor: Amendment introduced by Lowey, D-NY; bill introduced by Spence, R-SC.

Roll Call Number: 0171 Amendment rejected Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote to allow privately-funded abortions for military women and dependents at overseas military hospitals.

HR 3616: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999

Vote on an amendment to allow privately-funded abortions for military women and dependents at overseas military hospitals, reversing a ban implemented in 1995.

Criminal Penalties for Fetus Harm-Lofgren Substitute

Bill Number: HR 2436 Issue: Abortion Date: 09/30/1999 Sponsor: Substitute amendment sponsored by Lofgren, D-CA, Bill Sponsored by Graham, R-SC

Roll Call Number: 0464 Substitute amendment failed Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote on a substitute amendment regarding assault of a pregnant woman.

HR 2436: Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 1999

Vote on a substitute amendment that would set federal penalties for assault on a pregnant woman. It sets a specific punishment of 20 years for a perpetrator who causes harm to a fetus through an assault, and up to life in person if the assault results in termination of the pregnancy. These punishments would apply regardless of the perpetrator's knowledge of the pregnancy or specific desire to harm the fetus.

Defense Auth.--Abortions at Overseas Military Hospitals

Bill Number: HR 1401 Issue: Abortion Date: 06/09/1999 Sponsor: Amendment introduced by Meek, D-FL, Bill introduced by Spence, R-SC

Roll Call Number: 0184 Amendment failed Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted NO.

Vote on an amendment to allow privately funded abortions at overseas military hospitals.

HR 1401: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001

Vote on an amendment to allow privately funded abortions at overseas military hospitals for military personnel and dependents. Amendment introduced by Meek, D-FL, Bill introduced by Spence, R-SC (Amendment failed 203-225 on 6/9/99)

Drugs Chemically Inducing Abortion

Bill Number: HR 1906 Issue: Abortion Date: 06/08/1999 Sponsor: Amendment introduced by Coburn, R-OK, Bill introduced by Skeen, R-NM

Roll Call Number: 0173 Amendment passed Full Member List

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich voted YES.

Vote to pass an amendment prohibiting the FDA from using any funds appropriated in this bill for use with drugs inducing abortion.

HR 1906: Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000

Vote pass an amendment prohibiting the FDA from using any funds appropriated in this bill for development, testing, or approval of any drug for the chemical inducement of abortion.


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All of these votes directly contradict the statement circulated by the Kucinich Campaign [ info@kucinich.us]

Sent: Monday, July 07, 2003 8:07 PM
Subject: Feminists for Kucinich (please circulate)

The Kucinich for President Campaign takes a big step forward today with the announcement of "Feminists for Kucinich." Eight diverse feminist writers and organizers have initiated a statement in support of Kucinich, which will be widely circulated to attract new supporters.

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3) We want a candidate who will defend the separation of church and state, and the individual rights guaranteed us by the Constitution.

4) We want a candidate who opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and who stands for women's reproductive rights....

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Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate who not only agrees with all these points but has developed policies to support them ... upholding Roe v. Wade....

Because we feel that he comes closest to representing our priorities, we have decided to support Dennis Kucinich for President....


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Like anyone else, these Kucinich supporters are free to support any candidate they want for any reasons they want. They should not make claims which completely contradict the record, however. They can support Kucinich or they can support a pro-choice candidate, but they can't do both.