I’m alarmed that Republicans- who argue for small government and reduced regulations- think it’s ok for the government to dictate healthcare decisions to women. They’re stripping away federal regulations to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe- on the grounds that companies are best left to govern themselves- while adding regulations to control the most intimate, personal decision a woman will ever make in her lifetime. The hypocrisy isn’t lost on anyone.
For people who hold true beliefs, I understand abortion is an exceptionally emotional issue, and that people hold very strong views in both directions. But whenever I hear about the sanctity of life, and the need to protect the unborn, it’s almost always from the same people who support the death penalty, and the same people who want to deny funding for the poor. The argument sounds to me like ‘life is precious’- but only until the moment the child is born. Maybe if people pushing to close the clinics cared more about poor children, or children of color, I wouldn’t find their arguments so insincere.
Make no mistake: if these efforts succeed, wealthy women will still have access to abortion, and they will continue to get them. But poor women won’t. And their cycle of poverty will get worse. Women’s rights are human rights. Reproductive rights are human rights. I take these efforts as an urgent call to action.
As Congresswoman, I will fight for:
· Expanded Planned Parenthood funding;
· Expanded access to healthcare including prenatal and postnatal care;
· Removing funding restrictions from poor countries;
· Litigating state actions that impose a government standard on a woman’s choice- passed overwhelmingly by white men; and
· Codifying Roe v. Wade.
If Congress codifies Roe v Wade into law, we can end the war on women that continues to rage in the halls of state legislatures and bombards the federal court system with cases designed to undermine our rights one verdict at a time.
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