Democratic Convention To Highlight Abortion Rights, Women’s Health, Equal Pay

Democratic Convention To Highlight Abortion Rights, Women’s Health, Equal Pay

Sandra Fluke, Lily Ledbetter and leading proponents of abortion rights are on the roster at the Charlotte convention. 

By Beth Reinhard | Updated: August 22, 2012 | 7:35 a.m.

The leaders of the two largest abortion rights groups in the country are among a slew of prominent women expected to escalate attacks on Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s positions on women’s issues at the upcoming Democratic convention.

The Democratic National Convention Committee on Wednesday was releasing a list of female speakers heavy with symbolism, including Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; Lily Ledbetter, the inspiration for the equal pay law signed by President Obama; and Sandra Fluke, the former law school student insulted by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh for advocating health insurance coverage of birth control.

The announcement comes at a time when the Republican Party is facing a firestorm over Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s recent comments about “legitimate rape.’’ On Tuesday, Romney himself joined a bevy of prominent Republicans in urging Akin, the GOP nominee for Senate in his state, to quit the race. Earlier that day, the GOP platform committee approved a strident anti-abortion plank that did not include exceptions for rape or incest. Romney has said he supports those exceptions, but Democrats are using a broad brush to portray the GOP nominee and his party as out of touch with women.

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