When big companies get themselves into financial trouble, the Federal Government bails them out. When your small business comes upon hard times, who is there to help you? Where does the help come from? Robert Marshall believes that sometimes, when big businesses fail, we have to allow them to proceed through bankruptcy. There cannot be one set of laws and policies for the rich and powerful, and yet another for the average, hard-working American.
The best way to get our national economy back on its feet is to stimulate middle class spending. The best way to do that, of course, is through tax relief for the middle class.
Robert Marshall supports the reproductive freedom of all people. He recognizes the autonomy of women with regards to some of the most difficult decisions they can face. He believes that the way to decrease abortions is through education and improved economic opportunities. He has been pro-choice for his entire political career and believes that funding can continue for Planned Parenthood™, since a large percentage of this funding goes to non-abortion care.
The following is an excerpt of a speech I gave at the DuPage County Democratic Women's Organization on Saturday, January 23.
I am a physician and a private citizen, I am not a career politician. I am a Vietnam veteran and I am running for this office because my experience in Vietnam taught me that we are making the same mistake in the Mideast that we made in Vietnam 50 years ago. We must do the same thing in the Mideast as we did in Vietnam, that is, cease the bombing that we are doing there now and withdraw all of our troops as soon as possible. Only in this way will we avoid further terrorist acts in our country.
I am also interested in many women's issues. The most important ones are:
1. Extending the statute of limitations for rape. I would not be opposed to making it for life as it is for murder.
2. Women should be believed in cases of rape, instead of, as it is now where they are not believed.
3. I have always been pro-choice on the issue of abortion. I was a Republican for many years but even then I was pro-choice. You do not get far in the Republican Party if you are pro-choice on abortion and one of the reasons I left that party was because of the abortion issue.
I did my training in the 1960's prior to when abortion was made legal. The abortion situation is no joke. Women do die if they do not get proper abortion care and if they do not die, they get horrible infections and become sterile for life.
I believe that we should continue to fund Planned Parenthood as we have been doing.
4. We need reasonable gun laws to decrease the level of gun violence in this country. We also need to end the "War on Drugs" since at least 50% of the gun violence is related to gang activity involving the drug trade. We should legalize marijuana on a nationwide basis and make drug treatment more available and affordable.
5. We should continue to support mammography for all eligible women in this country.
Mammography, by the way, is my specialty as a Radiologist. I calculate that I have interpreted between 80,000 to 100,000 mammograms throughout my career for the past 42 years. If we save 1 to 3 lives per 1,000 mammograms examinations, I calculate that I have saved the lives of approximately 200 to 300 women over the course of my career.
6. I support the ERA Amendment. I believe that most of the discrimination that women experience could be solved if we could pass this amendment. The amendment did not pass 30 years ago because it was voted down by the State of Illinois. It seems appropriate that we re-start our attempts to pass this amendment by beginning here in Illinois.