Senate race turns to women's Healthcare - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Senate race turns to women's Healthcare


The president of Planned Parenthood was in Hartford Tuesday morning along with other prominent political woman who were present to campaign for Democrat Chris Murphy and stop Republican Linda McMahon.

The former CEO of WWE McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy have been engaged in a tight Senate race with several attacks ads.

McMahon and Murphy are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. Connecticut has not had a Republican senator in more than 30 years.

If elected, McMahon would be the first woman to represent Connecticut in Senate.

"On the other hand, Linda McMahon has said she plans to cut funding for Planned Parenthood," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards.

Richards along with other women spent the day bashing McMahon.

"There's a lot of big money being spent in this campaign, but I will tell you I will take super volunteers over a super pact any day," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland)

While campaigning, Murphy has accused McMahon of being anti-women because he said that she would have voted for the Blunt Amendment, which would allowed private employers to stop providing coverage for birth control.

McMahon took a tour of Pegasus in Middletown Tuesday. The company makes parts for the defense industry and are concerned about cuts that could reduce their work load.

Throughout her campaign, McMahon has said she is pro-choice and while she believes women should have access to birth control, she feels the Blunt Amendment is over-reaching.

"The Blunt Amendment was something I said that I would have reluctantly voted for because I believe it was an over-reach of government relevant to religion," McMahon said. "And I do believe we need to have our religious freedoms. And I thought that was an overreach of government."

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