Target: Republican Representative Eric Cantor
Goal: Stop attempts to restrict a woman’s access to full health care
Republican Representative Eric Cantor kicked off 2014 with a pledge to push back against healthcare reform. He recently announced that he would urge the Republican party to restrict women’s access to full health care, and he even introduced a bill that would deny tax subsidies to women who purchase insurance plans that include abortion coverage. Urge Representative Cantor to stop restricting health care to women.
Cantor’s bills do not only unfairly restrict women from attaining health care, but they do so under a religious agenda. Religiously motivated legislation has no place in the government, and some Republican leaders still seem confused about the concept of church and state separation. Right-wing extremists are more eager than ever to apply Christian standards of morality to the secular population.
The most recent anti-abortion bill makes an exception for victims of rape or incest, and allows them abortion services only if their lives are threatened by their pregnancies.
Kelly Ward of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said of the pushback, “This is a simple and once again unfortunate case of Leader Cantor and House Republicans pandering to the extreme right at the expense of women’s health,” and later added, “Republicans face political trouble at home because the American people want Congress to focus on the economy and on strengthening the middle class, not these divisive and already settled fights on a woman’s access to important medical care.”
Even 41 years after the conclusion of Roe vs. Wade, Republicans continue to push pointless agendas while other important issues are left untouched. Immigration reform, education, and the struggling economy are topics the nation hopes to see addressed; most will not look to the Republican party for answers because its gaze is stuck on thwarting women’s rights. Ironically, right-wing extremists are still adamantly opposed to measures that would assist women in handling unwanted pregnancies without abortion services, such as Medicaid and increased access to contraceptives and sex education.
It is time that the Republican Party accept defeat and move on.
Urge Representative Cantor to end the war on women’s access to full health care, and encourage him to focus on important issues that require national attention. A woman’s access to full health care is a settled debate.
Dear Republican Representative Eric Cantor,
Early in 2014, you pledged to battle against a woman’s right to full health care by proposing bills that would restrict abortion services for all women except victims of rape and incest. Your recent proposals are sad attempts to reverse an already settled debate that was concluded over 40 years ago when women were granted the right to abortion services if they required them.
Today, your Republican party has proposed numerous measures that would reverse this decision, and still you have failed to prevent women from attaining the health services they require. Please focus your attention to relevant issues like immigration, education, and the economy. Women’s access to full health care is not an optional service any longer, and you would be doing a great disservice to half the United States population if you continue to battle against a woman’s choice.
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