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Watch: Phil Scott Dismisses Pro-Choice Issues as ‘Wedges’



Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director


Watch: Phil Scott Dismisses Pro-Choice Issues as ‘Wedges’

In debate, Scott attacks Planned Parenthood for raising women’s health issues


October 26, 2016


Burlington, VT Last night, Phil Scott told us what he really thinks about women’s health rights.


During the last televised debate of Vermont’s gubernatorial race, Scott assailed women’s health issues as “wedges,” and attacked Planned Parenthood for raising the issues in the governor's’ race.


“It’s unfortunate when you have this division, when you try to create these wedges,” Scott said.  [Watch here]


Scott – who has been endorsed four times by Vermont Right to Life – then doubled-down on his out-of-touch defense, calling references to his support of increased restrictions on a woman’s right to choose a distraction on Twitter.


"A woman's right to choose is not a wedge issue or distraction - it's a fundamental right and voters deserve to know where the candidates stand," said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. "Vermonters deserve more than someone who uses a Donald Trump excuse to brush by his record. We need a governor who will protect women's reproductive rights every step of the way, not one backed by anti-choice advocate, Vermont Right to Life.”


Throughout the campaign, Scott has tried everything he can to cover up his record of supporting increased restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. But the truth is, Scott’s dismissal of women’s issues aligns him with some of the most infamous national Republicans:


Jeb Bush: I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues”


Mitt Romney’s campaign: “You're going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people's attention"


Donald Trump: Dismissed Planned Parenthood funding as “affront to good governance at best.”    




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