August 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an op-ed over the weekend, Republican gubernatorial challenger Knute Buehler directly attacked organizations that defend women's reproductive health while at the same time claiming to be so-called “pro-choice.”
Buehler’s rhetorical dance doesn’t match his record of opposing women’s reproductive health rights:
- Buehler accepted support from the anti-choice organization Oregon Right to Life for his 2014 legislative race.
- Last year, he refused to defend Planned Parenthood.
- Earlier this spring, Buehler voted no on the Reproductive Health Equity Act- which would expand access to reproductive health services.
“Republican Knute Buehler is claiming to be so-called ‘pro-choice,’ while directly attacking organizations that defend women’s reproductive health and provide critical life-saving care to tens of thousands of Oregon patients. He can't have it both ways,” said EMILY’s List Executive Director Emily Cain. “This is just another page from the Buehler playbook to paper over his past record of opposing women’s reproductive health rights. Oregon women and families can’t trust Knute Buehler.”
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