By Albert Angulo
“I have given birth to a beautiful child just like many women in this room. The ability to create life is something amazing we all should respect and I am pro-life, just like I am sure everybody in this room is also. I am not defending abortion. It is not about that. The discussion doesn’t end there. It is about women’s rights to make their own choices.” Those were the words of award winner Natalie Portman on her stands about life.
In Las Vegas, Portman spoke to more than 300 women gathered inside the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium, sharing the stage with White House advisers Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz. Billed as the “Women Vote 2012 Summit,” it was the first stop on a “Romney-Ryan: Wrong for Women” tour.
Portman commented that it was really inspiring for children to have a President who came from immigrant parents and even had to rely on food stamps for a period of his life. Said Portman, “Nevada is a battleground state and the women are really going to decide this election.”
Looking glamorous in a black collared blouse and black pants, the Oscar winner joined political heavyweights Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz to show her support for Democratic polices over those of the Republican party where women are concerned.
In making the case for Obama, Portman noted the first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure equal pay for women. She also praised his health care reform law that offers women free preventative care with no insurance deductibles for everything from contraception to check-ups. Children also can no longer be denied health care because of pre-existing conditions under the new health care law, said Portman, who’s the mother of a 1-year-old son. When asked if she really believed Romney and Ryan would turn back the clock on women’s health care and equal rights, Portman said, “That’s what they’re saying they want to do.”