Target: Dave Reed, majority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Goal: Do not support abortion ban that harms women.
Pennsylvania’s state Senate wishes to pass a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks – a harsh reduction from the state’s current 24-week limit. With the bill being supported mostly along party lines, it could possibly be made into law as it makes its way to the Republican-dominated Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
This bill is especially dangerous because of its vague language. Although it allows exceptions in cases of “medical emergency,” it fails to clearly define what those types of emergencies might be. It also does not exempt cases of rape or incest. This bill, like so many other pieces of anti-abortion legislation, will not prevent abortions but necessitate more unsafe, illegal abortions that threaten women’s lives. Tell Pennsylvania’s representatives that this bill must not be passed.
Dear Representative Reed,
As a controversial abortion bill makes its way to Pennsylvania’s House in coming weeks, I must ask that you and your Republican colleagues carefully consider the repercussions of banning abortions after 20 weeks. Just over one percent of pregnancies are ended at or after the 21-week mark, but these abortions are almost always motivated by a medical complication that threatens the mother or fetus, if not both of them.
If this bill passes, it will not so much protect babies as it will endanger women. Late-term abortions are almost always a last resort for women. The decision is often painful and difficult to make but necessary nonetheless. Providing access to safe, legal abortions is the only way to prevent women from resorting to potentially fatal illegal abortions. Therefore, if the well-being of Pennsylvania’s women matters to you, you must vote against this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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