Senator Edward Kennedy’s Lifelong Dedication to Choice

Today the world lost Senator Edward Kennedy, a tireless advocate for women’s rights and health care.

As far back as 1967, Kennedy was advocating for women’s access to abortion. He not only was the driving force behind the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, a bill that continues to protect both health care workers and patients today, but was an advocate for protecting federal funding for abortion procedures – whether it came to financing the procedure for women who couldn’t afford it or voting against congressional attempts to ban abortion on military bases and medical facilities.

A look at the group Vote Smart’s report on Senator Kennedy’s record reminds us that he was an outspoken advocate for choice in all forms – he voted against the federal abortion ban, against parental notification for minors and for federal funding increase access to sex education and contraception.

He was an unrelenting advocate who will sorely be missed. And his unrelenting fight for good health care and for universal health care will be an inspiration for generations to come.

One Comment

  1. David
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    RIP. I hope he repented of his sins before he passed on. Some are blessed with the knowledge of when they will die, and have the opportunity to prepare for it. I hope Senator Kennedy did some soul searching before his death.

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