#DearJohn: An open letter to my representative

As you may have read about, there is a bill in the House of Representatives that is, apparently, the countries “highest legislative priorities”. This bill will deny vital medical care to many victims of rape and incest due to its introduction of the word “forcible” to differentiate between different levels of rape.

I don’t like to be open about my political standing, though anyone that knows me can probably guess just how far to the left I lean, and I don’t usually have much motivation to step up and be counted. However, I want to share the letter that I have written to my representative, Rep. Nancy Pelosi:

Rep Pelosi

I am writing to you today regarding HR3.

From what I understand of your background, and your previous position on similar matters, I feel confident that I don’t have to ask this, but I cannot stay quiet about this issue.

It is imperative that you vote ‘NO’ on HR3 and continue to protect those who were unable to protect themselves. This is not about conservative versus liberal, and it’s not about supporting abortion or contraception. This is about women who have survived an horrendous ordeal and need support and compassion more than ideologies.

This bill is a terrible affront to the women who have fought hard for their rights and will erode years of effort in a single stroke.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing this bill defeated.

I cannot urge you enough to find your representative, find out about their background, and write to them. It is not enough to be outraged, you must be heard.

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