Women for Deely: “A vote for Simmons is a vote against Women”

The group “Women for Deely" want voters to understand that "a vote for Simmons is a vote against women.”

For the second year in a row, Kevin Deely, candidate for State Representative, has sponsored the Dig Pink Annual Volleyball Tournament between Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley high schools. The October 17th event was just one way Deely shows his support for women’s health. With the upcoming general election only weeks away, women’s issues have emerged on both the national and local stage for serious debate.

Outraged by a slew of legislation that has attacked women’s health care this past year, a group of women in the 131st district have come together to inform local voters that Representative Justin Simmons has pushed his right-wing agenda too far when it comes to women’s health care. These determined women call themselves “Women for Deely,” and the message is clear: women do not want the government, and legislators like Rep. Simmons, making critical decisions about their bodies and their health.

Women for Deely organizer Ellen Bell said “Justin Simmons is trying to deflect attention from his voting record, but he cannot hide from his extreme votes against women’s rights”. She continued to say that “We want to show women the facts and help them understand that a vote for Simmons is a vote against women.”

Women for Deely highlight these major issues:

  • Rep. Simmons co-sponsored one of the most controversial bills: HB 1077. In an attempt to shame women, the bill forces women to endure an invasive ultrasound procedure before an abortion, even if it is deemed medically unnecessary by her doctor.  1
  • Rep. Simmons voted in May 2011 in favor of a bill that was intended to shut down Planned Parenthood and other health care facilities, despite the fact that 95% of the services offered by Planned Parenthood’s health centers are preventative, such as cancer screenings, STD screenings and treatment, and birth control education and supplies.2
  • Rep. Simmons opposes comprehensive sex education classes in public schools.3
  • Rep. Simmons opposes safe, legal abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest .4
  • Rep. Simmons opposes insurance coverage of abortion, even when a woman’s life is in serious jeopardy 5
  • Rep. Simmons opposes protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation 6

Planned Parenthood has endorsed Kevin Deely’s candidacy. “Unlike Representative Justin Simmons, Deely understands that women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care or cancer treatments.” Executive Director Sari Stevens wrote in an endorsement for Deely. She added “We are at a pivotal moment in Pennsylvania history to take control of the dire political situation and elect candidates that trust women to make their own healthcare decisions. Support for Planned Parenthood and access to reproductive health services is not a democrat or republican issue. Kevin is the right choice for the voters of the 131st district.”

Deely, a father of two girls and husband of an expecting wife, has promised to fight for women’s rights. “I will fight against this legislation because I trust women to make their own decisions when it comes to their health” he said, adding, “Women express concerns about protecting their rights almost every time I knock on a door. While I promise to advocate for equal rights for all, it’s great to see this team of women out there advocating for themselves.”

Another Women for Deely activist, Joyce Moore said “In these tough economic times, after going through the worst recession since the Great Depression, Representative Simmons seems to want to focus on women’s health care choices, relegating us as second class citizens. I disagree with this as a financial planner, a woman, and mother of two.”

This election is a choice between a candidate who trusts women to make their own decisions, or a candidate who supports inserting needless government bureaucracy between a woman and her doctor.



1. HB1077 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1077&pn=3047

2 In May 2011, Simmons voted yea for HB 574.

3,4,5,6- Simmons responses to the following questions can be found at:

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Tom Williams October 29, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Also, how did your wife and her girlfriends see the "debates" if the second debate doesn't air until tomorrow??? Who's lying now?
Crestor Januvia November 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
This is all just so foolish. Deely is a teacher putz. Teachers have trouble even getting along in a room full of kids, much less debating issues with real adults. Deely belongs in front of a bunch of kids, being overpaid and underworked. Not as a house representative. He's a union lacky putz. This election will be a blow out for Simmons. What a waste of time. And most women are not stupid robots who vote for anybody who says they can have free abortions any time they want. Saying a vote against Deely is a vote against women paints them to be one dimensional idiots. While I do believe most liberal woman are one dimensional idiots, there are many others who are, thankfully, not.
Jeremy November 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Thanks PPL for getting our power back! Good work. The Editors of the express times spent more time questioning both candidates then any of us and here is what they said. Deely, an English teacher at Easton Area High School, has spent much of this campaign defending his former role as chief negotiator for the Easton Area School District’s teachers union. He argues that teachers were essentially handed an overly generous contract in 2007 and, as union negotiator, it wasn’t his job to protect district taxpayers. It would, however, be his job to protect taxpayers while in Harrisburg. And his argument that he could be a strong advocate for all taxpayers -- not just teachers -- isn’t very convincing. When given a chance before The Express-Times editorial board to sum up his goals if elected, Deely spoke strictly about making sure teachers are treated fairly and students are given a fair shot. Those are important goals, but residents of the 131st District deserve someone who can look at the big picture and say no to teachers unions when necessary. Deely is young, smart, energetic and likeable, but he isn’t the one who can do that. Simmons has the broader, more nuanced approach. http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/10/editorial_justin_simmons_right.html Sorry there is more work to do in Harrisburg then just giving more money to schools. Even though Tom Williams seems to have a personal axe to grind. As the Editors said Simmons is the best choice.
Joe Sommers November 03, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Thank You Jeremy for objectively summing up the District 131 race .You hit the nail right on the head , Let me expound a little to furtther drive home your assessment : - Deely drove up taxes 16% in Easton due to the teachers contract he negotiated. That contact eventually led to the release of 70 or so teachers whom lost their jobs as a result of Deelys gouging of the taxpayer.Make no mistake ...When Deely says "teachers need to be treated fairly" look no further than the Easton debacle he negotiated . - Simmons clearly established himself as the right choice in both debates.Simmons has broad base knowledge of our district and the PA legislature.Deely does not. - 100 % of Deely's financial support comes from the PSEA and other unions. Simmons gets broad base support from the entire private sector and all walks of life.Yet, the democrats paint Simmons as an extremist !!! Are you kidding me...Deely is in the pockets of the unions and they will demand his support .DEELY IS THE EXTREMIST BY A LONG SHOT! The Democrats completely underestimated the skill sets of Rep Simmons and the strong campaign team that he has . Rep Simmons is a budding star in the Republican party and the democrats are just finding that out.... Simmons takes 56% of the votes and wins the election.If this was not a Presidential year Simmons would beat Deely with 65 % of the vote ..easily.
Joe Sommers November 04, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Tanya....good point, With all the lies that have been spewed by Deely and The Democrats about Rep Simmons its time for Deely to feel the pain regarding his Pot smoking incident. Kevin....Norml would be the only REAL legitimate organzation supporting your campaign and with out the unions you would have pulled out of this race LONG ago.The voters will see through the smoke screen and lies spewed by your party. I know many teachers that will b e supporting Rep Simmons because they think Deely is a douche bag.


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