Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand pens letter in Huffington Post

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote an op-ed letter in Huffington Post yesterday decrying the Republicans attempt to restrict women's reproductive rights. The bill would ban the use the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions but recently came under fire this week because it wanted to change the definition of rape which is currently exempted from the restriction. In their new proposal they wanted to change it so that only "forcible rape" were included. Sen. Gillibrand is also asking everyone to sign a petition to stop the bill from moving forward.
They have introduced HR3: The No Taxpayer Funded Abortions Act, which would restrict women's access to affordable reproductive care and even deny care to women when their lives are in danger. This bill would severely undermine women's rights. I hope you'll join me in fighting this dangerous piece of legislation by signing this petition and sending a message to Washington that we must preserve and protect a woman's right to choose. Even as Republicans lament that the government is being too intrusive in people's lives, it seems that the very personal, private and often painful issue of ending a pregnancy is one area they are determined to regulate. Tragically, the consequences of this intrusiveness could prove disastrous to the health and well-being of women across America.
You can read the rest of the letter here.


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