“This Father’s Day, I am proud to fight alongside NARAL Pro-Choice America and the countless other allies of reproductive freedom. I am dedicated to supporting and protecting a woman’s right to make her own decisions about whether, when, and with whom to grow a family” says Brad Avakian at the beginning of an op ed he penned on Father’s Day for something called Refinery 29.
He continues with “Like every dad, I want my children, Nathan and Claire, to have equal opportunities in life. Reproductive freedom is important to making this possible — and there is no reproductive freedom without access to safe and legal abortion. I trust my daughter to make the best decision for her future. If this ever means she decides to terminate a pregnancy, I want her to know that I am there for her. And I want the laws of our nation to protect her right to make this decision and get the medical care she needs.”
Avakian is the current Bureau Of Labor and Industry commissioner and is running for Oregon Secretary Of State. He’s the one who has been overseeing the saga of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa snafu, where the lesbian couple was awarded $135,000 because the bakery didn’t want to bake them a cake.
Brad Avakian goes on to say “As it stands, I and countless other men for choice across the nation have our work cut out for us: Thousands of politicians are working feverishly to dismantle reproductive rights and, as a result, to undermine the dignity and freedom of all American women. If they’re not trying to ban abortion outright, even in cases of rape, incest, or threat to a woman’s health, they are trying to find a way to make abortion so expensive, inconvenient, or inaccessible for women that it might as well be banned.
I will continue to fight against these politicians and be a champion of choice for the right of my daughter, my wife, and all other women to control their own destinies. No doctor should have to wear a bulletproof vest to work in fear that extremists might target her for providing abortion services. And no woman should have to travel 500 miles or be forced to wait in order to make her own medical decisions.”
In the Democrat primary race for Secretary Of State, Avakian won a three-way race that also included the Bloomberg backed Val Hoyle and state Senator Richard Devlin. It also appears as though Avakian doesn’t know what the Secretary Of State’s role is, because he’s spent the entire campaign talking about abortion and other things that are unrelated to the office. The Secretary Of State’s job is to oversee elections, audit governmental entities, and run the business registry.
Meanwhile, Avakian is more concerned with racking up endorsements and testimonies from NARAL Pro Choice and their members, as his facebook page is littered with such.
(H/T Parent Herald)