That’s a $2,500 contribution from the Political Action Committee of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The Washington-based ACOG PAC has given Andy Barr $7,500 so far in this election — despite the fact that ACOG works to protect the safe and legal availability of abortions, and Andy Barr believes abortion should be illegal even for survivors of rape and incest.
Rape and incest, folks — that’s who Andy Barr is… and that is who the American Congress of OB/GYNs is supporting.
It’s shocking that a group of medical professionals who’ve made it their life’s work to protect the health and well-being of women would support a man who is anti-woman almost across the board.
Andy Barr is opposed to Equal Pay for women, claiming that it’s not a real issue that women are paid 72 cents on the dollar for doing the same job as a man.
Andy Barr supported and celebrated the Hobby Lobby case, which allows employers to determine the birth control methods of their female employees. Women are chattel, their uteruses belong to the CEO, Andy Barr’s all for it… and the Congress of OB/GYNs is giving Andy Barr $7,500.
Andy Barr has viciously attacked Planned Parenthood, calling it an “abortion factory” when in fact, as ACOG should well know, such services make up just 2% of Planned Parenthood’s overall operation — and 0% of their operation in Kentucky. The vast majority of what Planned Parenthood does provide is general OB/GYN services to women in desperate need of such.
One would think that ACOG would support Planned Parenthood. Instead, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which represents 90% of the OB/GYNs in America, is supporting Garland H. Barr IV.
Andy Barr wants to completely abolish the Affordable Care Act. Andy has repeatedly attacked the ACA, has fallaciously claimed the health care law “destroys jobs”, and Andy Barr’s big plan for Kentucky is to repeal Kynect and kick over 500,000 now-insured Kentuckians to the curb.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support key elements of the Affordable Care Act that Andy Barr would destroy.
- ACOG supports maternity coverage for all women in all plans; Andy Barr would repeal it.
- ACOG supports coverage of women’s preventative health services under all plans; Andy Barr would repeal it.
- ACOG supports the end of pre-existing condition exclusions; Andy Barr would repeal it.
- ACOG supports the end of gender rating, the end of coverage rescissions, and the end of annual and lifetime benefit caps; Andy Barr would repeal it.
This list goes on. In fact… while Andy Barr is pushing for the extreme and total repeal of the ACA, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is worried that the in places, the ACA doesn’t go far enough. But ACOG PAC has given $7,500 (at least) to help re-elect a congressman who would repeal the law in its entirety, ripping it up — like Mitch McConnell — root and branch.
In Kentucky, ACOG PAC is aggressively backing an anti-woman candidate whose positions on issue after issue are antithetical to the very mission of America’s obstetricians and gynecologists.
ACOG is actually a big supporter of Planned Parenthood, writing amicus briefs on PP’s behalf, even joining Planned Parenthood and other “pro-abortion” forces in objecting to the ban on federal money going to Planned Parenthood. Andy Barr calls Planned Parenthood an “abortion factory” and ACOG, which supports Planned Parenthood, gives $7,500 to Andy Barr.
This hypocrisy cuts both ways. For ACOG’s members it should be galling that their organization would fund an anti-woman candidate who believes rape and incest survivors should be forced by the government to carry a fetus to term. For Andy Barr’s virulent extremist base, the fact that Barr is taking money from “baby killers” who have joined forces with Planned Parenthood to publish a “study” on the efficacy of RU-486 should make them see blood on Andy’s hands. (When will Barr’s far-right wing extremist “even in cases of rape and incest” base call on him to return this “blood money”?)
Down the line, this unholy matrimony does not make sense. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists was “profoundly disappointed” by the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision… but they’ve given $7,500 (so far, and that we know of) to Andy Barr who praised the decision to subjugate a woman’s body to her employer as a win for “religious freedom.”
The list, sadly, goes on.
So I asked ACOG PAC why they were supporting an Anti-Woman Congressman who is part of the small and extremist “Even in Cases of Rape & Incest” wing of the Republican Party.
Why would a group that represents 90% of the OB/GYNs in America and which proclaims “the availability of safe, legal abortion remains of vital importance to the health of women” throw its support behind a man who has famously used his infant child in an anti-choice campaign mailer?
You can read ACOG’s official statement below, but what it boils down to is this: Andy Barr’s office is for sale.
Andy Barr will do the bidding of the highest bidder. We have seen this in his work to defend and protect the interests of Too Big To Fail Banks and shady hedge funds on Wall Street, and we have seen it in Andy Barr’s work to protect and defend this nation’s fleet of Predatory Payday Lenders.
In the case of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, their press people say they are supporting Andy Barr because he is pushing supposedly “bipartisan” legislation (it has 1 Democratic co-sponsor and 19 Republicans) which would address so-called “frivolous lawsuits.” Medical “liability reform” is a big topic for doctors (that’s part of why if you have any procedure done they always make you sign a waiver that says if they kill you accidentally you can’t sue them) and it’s a cause regularly championed by pro-business Republicans. What’s strange is that, whatever you think of medical liability reform, ACOG is choosing to place their interests in liability reform above their interests in caring for women and ensuring laws and policies that protect women’s health.
In fact, on their website ACOG lists their legislative priorities and if you look at it, “liability reform” comes in below their more important mission of protecting women’s lives… a slew of priorities Andy Barr has opposed entirely in his two-year-old congressional career.
Here’s the official statement from ACOG on why they’ve given Andy Barr $7,500:
Ob-GynPAC is bi-partisan and works to elect candidates from both political parties, and maintains balance in its political giving. Ob-GynPAC works with all candidates and elected officials to advance the interests of our specialty, regardless of political party. Republican and Democratic candidates are important to our specialty, often on different issues, and seats of power shift between the parties. Our PAC protects our profession, not a party.
Ob-GynPAC is our specialty’s PAC, and since its earliest days has adhered to a policy of not including any specific issue as a litmus test, including abortion votes, in our decisions to support or oppose candidates for elected office.
Rep. Andy Barr specifically has been an outspoken champion for medical liability reform alternatives, and is an original sponsor of “Saving Lives, Saving Costs,” a medical liability reform Safe Harbors Bill. Our statement in support of that bill can be found here: http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/Statements-and-Advisories/2014/ACOG-Statement-In-Support-of-the-Saving-Lives-Saving-Costs-Act
I followed up by asking if their stated mission of being “bipartisan” and “not supporting a party” meant that they had also given money to Barr’s opponent, Elisabeth Jensen. Jensen is an advocate for women’s health and has been one of the only Democrats in the entire country to run on the importance of the Affordable Care Act, specifically its protections for women’s health and OB/GYN provisions.
Here’s what ACOG had to say:
Unfortunately, we have not been able to support her financially. Because we represent the only specialty dedicated to women’s health, we can’t focus on only one issue, no matter how important an issue it is. Medical liability reform is one of many key areas of focus for members of Ob-GynPAC.
That is unfortunate.
ACOG, which has given heavily to such prominent pro-choice candidates as Wendy Davis in Texas, has placed its interest in “medical liability reform” above their interest in protecting women’s health and women’s rights.
If I were a member of ACOG, this would be a good time to call the head office — and an even better time to offset their insane, anti-woman support of noted misogynist Andy Barr and instead give some money to his opponent, Elisabeth Jensen.
Andy Barr’s for sale… and it’ll only cost you some women’s rights.