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“Mitt Romney wants to take us back to the 1950s to ‘Leave It To Beaver’ when women didn’t work and stayed home,” Richards said during a phonebank at the Falls Church Obama Headquarters Thursday. “It’s time for women to be equal members of this country.”
With health insurance coverage for 1.4 million Virginia women at risk, the stakes in this election “couldn’t be higher,” said Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Richards called President Obama “the best friend women have every had.” She recalled coming home from the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, exhausted from the nonstop pace.
“President Obama has stood for equal pay for equal work for women. Women still earn 77 cents on the dollar. Mitt Romney hasn’t been able to tell anyone whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. In the course of a woman’s lifetime, 77 cents on the dollar means she is going to lose $400,000. President Obama wants to make insurance available to women at the same cost as it is for men for the first time in our lifetimes.”
Richards marveled that “President Obama doesn’t ever stop – he just doesn’t stop. Every time I feel like it’s so hard, I’ve got to make ONE more phone call. I think President Obama flew across the country, did a rally and then went on the Jay Leno Show. He is giving it everything. That’s what we’ve got to do. Michelle Obama says many times that he is going to get us 95 percent of the way, but the last 5 percent is up to us.”
The packed Falls Church phone bank gathered around Richards as she spoke Thursday afternoon. She turned to the crowd and said, “We can do it…we can make more calls?” The crowd shouted, “Yes, yes!” Then she asked, “We can knock on more doors?” “Yes,” they shouted.
“You know what’s going to happen?” she asked. “We’ll have four more years of Barack Obama in the White House.”