Target: Famed actor Mark Ruffalo
Goal: Commend Mark Ruffalo for taking a pro-choice stance on abortion
In Mississippi, only one abortion clinic is currently in operation. There were 14 clinics in 1981, and now in 2013 the one remaining clinic could be shut down. A campaign to stop the shut down of the remaining clinic is in progress, and must be supported. Recently, a well-known actor joined the campaign and spoke out about this injustice towards women.
Mark Ruffalo decided to express his pro-choice stance on abortion while speaking in front of the remaining abortion clinic. He told the story of his mom who had an abortion when she was younger but had to do it illegally because of the harsh restrictions on abortion. He said, “I don’t want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room.”
Abortion is a sensitive issue, and recent polls have shown that the majority of Americans are not pro-choice. Many celebrities are liberal on most political issues, and abortion is one of them. Ruffalo took a bold stance on abortion and used his celebrity influence to help save the remaining abortion clinic. Commend the actor for his courage by signing the petition below.
Dear Mark Ruffalo,
Many states in American are experiencing abortion clinics closing due to new state laws restricting abortion. Many of the new laws make it so abortion clinics have lack of funding to be able to maintain certain standards and stay open. In Mississippi, almost all of the abortion clinics have closed. Only one remains and it may shut down due to abortion restrictions in the state.
When women do not have access to have an abortion, sometimes they have to go to other states or they try to have abortions illegally which can be very unsafe. Women should have access to legal abortions because it is their right to choose and it is the safest option.
Recently, you spoke out about the current crisis in Mississippi. You expressed your opinion in front of the remaining abortion clinic and told the story of your mother’s abortion. The personal story you told showed what many women have to go through to be able to get an abortion.
It took courage to say why you are pro-choice because many Americans are against that. It is important that women have the access to clinics in every state and you explained to many people why that is so important. Thank you for taking a bold stance on abortion and using your influence to keep the remaining clinic open.
[Your Name Here]
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