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EMILY's List is fighting back against Senator Scott Brown's (R. MA) lies after releasing a new ad that claims he's pro-choice and supports equal pay for women.  Here's the ad:

Now here's the truth:

Scott Brown voted with the rest of his Republican colleagues to block the Paycheck Fairness Act:

It was no mystery which way Brown would be voting. Two years ago, he voted against an identical bill. Tuesday he cast himself as an advocate of equal pay despite his vote. “As a father and husband of women in the workforce, I believe strongly in fair pay,” he (Brown) said, “and employers who discriminate against women should be prosecuted aggressively.” - 6/5/12
Co-sponsored and voted for the Blunt Amendment which would have allowed employers or health insurers to deny coverage for services they say violate their moral or religious beliefs, including birth control:

This is what Elizabeth Warren (D), Brown's opponent had to say about the Blunt Amendment:

"This (amendment) threatens women's access to contraception, mammograms, even maternity care," Warren said in her ad. "It's just plain wrong." - 3/1/12
And from Warren's press secretary:
"Senator Brown took sides with Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and the right wing of his party, against the people of Massachusetts, who in tough economic times rely on insurance to get the health care they need," said Warren press secretary Alethea Harney. - 3/1/12
Senator John Kerry (D. MA) voted against the amendment and had this to say:
"Its overly broad and vague exceptions could allow children to be denied immunizations, companies to object to mental health services, health plans to deny HIV screenings, and the rejection of maternity care for single mothers," Kerry said. "It's dangerous." - 3/1/12
Brown has also been endorsed by the Massachusetts Citizens for Life & National Right to Life Committee:

Here are a few highlights from this article:

“We consider him a senator who votes prolife,” said Anne Fox, president of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life. “We have to take his word for it when he says he is prochoice. But what we’re looking for is someone who votes prolife, and he does.

Brown said he would not reject the backing of Massachusetts Citizens for Life but reiterated that he considers himself a supporter of abortion rights. - 8/24/12

Another great Anne Fox/MA Citizens for Life fact:
In Brown’s 2010 race against Democrat Martha Coakley, the group ran a radio ad for Brown and recruited volunteers who made 460,000 phone calls for Brown, Fox said. - 8/24/12
In the US Senate, he cosponsored the Blunt Amendment, which would allow health plans and employers to refuse to provide or pay for services such as abortion which they oppose on religious or moral grounds.

The National Right to Life Committee credited Brown for that bill and for voting to repeal President Obama’s health care law, blocking funding for the law, and opposing the Disclose Act, which would require independent political groups to disclose the names of donors who give more than $10,000. The committee considers the bill an attack on its First Amendment rights. - 8/24/12

Brown also occasionally sided with antiabortion activists when he was in the state Legislature. In 2005, he sought to allow doctors and nurses to opt out of offering emergency contraception to rape victims if the health care workers had religious objections. Brown later voted for the bill without his changes, meaning doctors and nurses would be required to offer emergency contraception, regardless of their beliefs.

In addition, Brown cosponsored the Women’s Right to Know Act, which would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion and to review pictures and information detailing the development of their fetus. - 8/24/12

Raymond L. Flynn, the former Boston mayor who is also nationally known as an antiabortion activist, said that while Brown’s record on abortion is “mixed . . . he would be more prolife than his opponent.”

“His heart is prolife,” said Flynn, who has endorsed Brown. - 8/24/12

EMILY's List is urging Brown to take down his misleading ad.  You can sign their petition:

But I would recommend supporting th true pro-choice and pro-equality candidate, Elizabeth Warren.  Here's a link to her ActBlue page:

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