Target: Rick Brattin, Missouri State Representative
Goal: Don’t require a man’s permission before a woman can have an abortion
Missouri may require women seeking an abortion to get the father of the child’s permission first. The bill’s author, Rick Brattin, makes allowances for cases of rape and incest but like most white, male, Republicans, fails understand what abortion truly is. This bill goes against all that men and women who believe in gender equality have fought for and must be stopped before it is allowed to come into effect.
Representative Brattin’s bill fails to recognize what an abortion really is to women that seek one. He makes some allowances for rape and incest, but he also says that a woman must prove that her pregnancy resulted from a “legitimate rape.” Rape is one of the most horrific things that can happen to a woman. Forcing her to prove that she has been raped is undoubtedly akin to psychological torture. No woman would lie about being raped in order to abort a child. What Representative Brattin fails to realize is that no woman wants an abortion, but sometimes they are necessary.
Brattin also fails to recognize that the right to choose what happens to a woman’s body is her choice and her choice alone. The state government has no right to tell women that a man must O.K. her decision. He makes no allowance for abusive relationships claiming that it has no effect on the child’s life. How can being born into an abusive relationship not be harmful to a child?
The bill also uses vague wording. Using the words “legitimate rape” leaves altogether too much room for biased judges and lawyers to wiggle and claim that what happened was not truly rape. This bill stinks of misogyny and fails to understand the basic principles of gender equality. Please sign the petition below to stop this bill from ruining the lives of countless women.
Dear Representative Brattin,
Your recent introduction of a bill to the Missouri State House of Representatives, which requires women seeking an abortion to get a man’s permission first, must be retracted immediately. The bill fails in many ways, but the most crucial failure is one of gender equality. A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body and no man should be able to tell her otherwise.
The seconding failing comes with your claim that women must prove that her rape was “legitimate.” Rape is the most horrific thing that can happen to a woman. As a man, you have to worry about this very little, so you may not understand why asking a woman to prove her rape is akin to psychological torture. Forcing a woman to relive those moments is unthinkable to me and I am shocked that you would even suggest it.
Finally, your use of the word “legitimate” leaves too much room for those with biased opinions to claim that what happened was not truly rape. For all of these reasons, I am demanding that you retract this bill immediately and refrain from introducing similar legislation in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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