Target: Ms. Helena Moreno, Louisiana State Representative
Goal: Commend new law change that disallows the billing of rape victims.
Rape victims in Louisiana will no longer be forced to pay for their own medical examinations thanks to a new bill that seeks to bring the state in line with Federal requirements. Forcing a woman to pay for a medical screening after her assault is in direct violation of the Violence Against Women Act, but there are several states that do not always comply; Louisiana being the worst offender. Thanks to this bill, that should all be a thing of the past and the bill’s author, Representative Helena Moreno, is deserving of praise.
Numerous states fail to comply with the Federal protections for women, but in Louisiana, things have reached an outrageous level. Some Louisiana parishes, akin to counties in other states, have refused to cover the cost of medical exams if the victim does not want to report the assault to the authorities. Others still have required lie detector tests, which are of dubious efficacy to begin with, before they would pay out. To force women to choose between either of those two things or paying thousands of dollars for getting abused is unthinkable.
This type of treatment is horrendous and truly dehumanizing for these women. Sexual assault and rape are among the absolute worst things that can happen to a person on this planet, and parts of Louisiana thought it was acceptable to make them relive it and prove their abuse? It’s sickening. Thankfully, this legislation has successfully passed through Louisiana’s House of Representatives twice and is expected to be signed into law soon. Please sign here to thank the bill’s author and sponsor, Representative Moreno, and to demand better protections for women going forward.
Dear Representative Moreno,
I am writing to express my most sincere thanks to you for forcing the State of Louisiana to finally comply with Federal protections for women. Thanks to you, no woman will have to prove that she was assaulted to have her medical screenings covered.
As you well know, this has not always been the case in your state. Some women have reported being denied reimbursement because they didn’t wish to officially report their assault. Others still said they were forced to take a lie detector test even though the efficacy of such tests is dubious.
This is a wonderful piece of legislation that will go a long way towards protecting women who have already suffered abuse and will hopefully act to prevent some in the future. I would like to thank you once more for speaking up on behalf of all the women of Louisiana and ask you to continue to be a champion for women’s rights.
[Your Name Here]
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