Target: President Obama
Goal: Support Obama’s call for women’s healthcare reform amid controversial rape remarks
Representative Todd Akin’s remarks regarding ‘legitimate rape’ have caused an uproar from Democrats and Republicans alike. Many from his own party are even asking him to withdraw from his election race. President Obama also held a press conference to offer his take on the unfortunate views of Akin. According to Obama, “The views expressed were offensive.” He went on to offer what could be the silver lining to this controversy.
Obama stated that Akin’s comments reiterated the need for women to make health care decisions on behalf of other women. Currently, women’s health care decisions are made primarily by male politicians. The fact that President Obama sees this event as an opportunity to differentiate his views on women’s healthcare from those of many Republicans is a very positive step for the future of women’s healthcare.
The president is not the only one condemning Akin’s comments. Mitt Romney has publicly called on him to drop out of his Missouri Senate race. However, Akin continues to refuse to end his bid for reelection. The fact that both parties are in agreement that Akin is not fit to represent his constituent’s best interests underscores the need for reform when it comes to women’s health care issues.
President Obama has used Akin’s comments on rape to differentiate his approach to women’s healthcare. He should be commended for acknowledging the current male dominated situation and calling for change. Please sign this petition and show your support for Obama and the future of women’s healthcare.
Dear President Obama,
Your recent press conference addressing Missouri Senator Todd Akin’s remarks on ‘legitimate rape’ was very encouraging for the future of women’s healthcare in this country. Although most Republicans and Democrats agree that Akin’s remarks were completely uninformed and offensive, the fact that you have used this controversy as a means to discuss women’s healthcare is promising. You have acknowledged that currently the majority of healthcare decisions that involve women are made largely by male politicians. Nothing has made it more clear that this system can be detrimental to women’s health than Senator Akin’s remarks.
Please continue to differentiate your views on women’s healthcare from those of the Republican party and support women in the process. As with any group it is essential that decision makers are well informed and experienced with the policies they are implementing that will affect a large part of the population.
Once again thank you for supporting women’s healthcare in the wake of Senator Akin’s comments.
[Your Name Here]
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