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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 03:25 PM

Is Marcy Kaptur a Threat to Women’s Reproductive Rights?

By Larry Durstin

In its recent front-page profile of the reconfigured 9th District’s Congressional candidate Marcy Kaptur, the Cleveland Plain Dealer gushed about the virtues of “Saint Marcy” so shamelessly that the story appeared to have been written by a public relations hack.

Of course it’s no secret to any political observer in Cleveland that the town’s only daily has done everything in its power to undermine her Democratic primary opponent, Dennis Kucinich, ever since he won his seat in 1996. (This is the same seat that was held for many years by Mary Rose Oakar, who ended up winning a significant libel settlement from the Plain Dealer for its printing of a series of false stories about her that led to her defeat in 1992.)

Based on the PD’s vendetta against Kucinich, it’s not surprising that Kaptur – who is a genuinely hard-working public servant – received the paper’s endorsement. However, the blatantly boosterish tone of the “profile” was downright embarrassing, treating her with a level of adulation generally reserved for the patron saint of a small Sicilian village. Sadly, the fawning nature of this puff piece also obscured the fact that Kaptur’s long history of voting against abortion rights poses a genuine threat to the protection of those critical issues surrounding reproductive rights that have once again come to the forefront of the 2012 campaign due to the high-octane war on women that is being ferociously waged by religious right-wingers all over the country.


My friend. Larry Durstin, stand up for Dennis in this piece pointing out correctly that Ms. Kaptur is not exactly a big champion of a woman's right to choose.

Now I know that Dennis was not pro choice until after he ran and won a seat in Congress back in 1996.

Still, Larry points out why Ms. Kaptur is getting a free pass from the Plain Dealer.

To be honest, I did not know that Ms. Kaptur has such a poor rating when it came to a woman's right to choose.

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