May 6, 2012 (San Diego)—Congressional candidate Denise Moreno Ducheny has chastised her opponent, Senator Juan Vargas, for voting against a woman’s right to choose. Vargas voted in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 1338 (Kehoe) during last week’s Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. The final vote on the bill was 4-4 with one Senator not voting, effectively killing the bill in committee.
Half of California’s counties currently have no abortion provider, including Imperial County, which Vargas seeks to represent in Congress. SB 1338 would have allowed an estimated 24,000 trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide non-surgical, first-trimester abortion.
“Women in San Diego and Imperial Counties deserve elected officials who stand up and are counted on to address the important issues of our day. Providing women comprehensive healthcare is a basic right all women in this country deserve. Regretfully, opposition to SB 1338 is another sharp rebuke and attack on women, by Juan Vargas,” said Ducheny. “Representing San Diego and Imperial Counties means fighting for the rights and needs of the residents. It means supporting women, their right to access to quality care, and most importantly their right to choose. Too often have I witnessed male legislators protecting their own rights and privileges to the detriment of the women in this great state and nation,” said Ducheny.
Ducheny has been a long-standing leader on providing quality health care clinics throughout her Senate District, providing for patient prescription protection, for legislation creating a public insurance option, and for supporting women’s rights.