Target: The US House of Representatives
Goal: Mandatory inclusion of women on panels discussing women’s reproductive health.
Women in the entire US are fighting for their rights to make decisions pertaining to their reproductive health. Existing laws, however, do not allow them to freely get abortions and get birth control coverage, and important decisions on new laws are made by all-male panels. It is time we ask the US House of Representatives to make it mandatory that hearings pertaining to female reproductive rights include female representatives.
In a recent Arizona House hearing led by Trent Franks, the nationwide bill on whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy was discussed by an all-male panel of House lawmakers. Last year a hearing on birth control coverage was discussed by an all-male committee on Capitol Hill. These events have already garnered attention and criticism from female rights activists, journalists and news websites nationwide, and it is time to actively do something about it.
While men can still serve as professional consultants on the intricacies of lawmaking, only women can relate to issues pertaining to them. Women should be deciding the fate of their reproductive health and make decisions as they see fit. Only women can understand the societal, professional, psychological and emotional pressures that come along with risky or unwanted pregnancy. Therefore, discussion panels regarding women’s rights should be comprised of lawmakers competent in the topic they’re making decisions for.
By signing the petition below you will help urge the US House of Representatives to make it mandatory that panels discussing laws of female reproductive rights include mostly female representatives.
Dear US House of Representatives,
The recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the nationwide 20-week abortion ban was comprised only of male representatives. Eight male lawmakers were deciding the fate of female reproductive rights. This is a recurring problem as a decision about birth control coverage has been made by an all-male panel in the past.
Not only is this discriminatory, but it also promotes lawmaking by an incompetent panel. The House should acknowledge that men cannot relate to and understand the needs of women any better than women can themselves, therefore women should be the primary decision makers when it comes to female reproductive rights.
I urge you to make it mandatory that state representatives who organize committees for lawmaking discussion panels include female representatives comprising the majority of such discussion panels.
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