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Re: “Rapert abortion bill passes by voice vote

Governor Beebe,

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VETO MR. RAPERT'S IGNORANT, PATRIARCHAL, AND DANGEROUS BILL TO EFFECTIVELY BAN LEGAL ACCESS TO ABORTION IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS.

THIS LEGISLATION IS IN DIRECT OPPOSITION OT ROE V. WADE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL CAUSE THE DEATHS OF MANY WOMEN. THIS LEGISLATION WILL NOT "END ABORTION," IT WILL SIMPLY END ACCESS TO SAFE ABORTION, THUS FORCING WOMEN TO RESORT TO LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS AND NON-QUALIFIED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN DOMINION OVER THEIR OWN BODIES, FUTURES, AND LIVES.

THERE IS NO INSTANCE IN WHICH SOMEONE I DO NOT KNOW WILL BE ALLOWED TO DECIDE FOR ME WHETHER OR NOT I WILL GIVE BIRTH. I WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT, AND EXACTLY HOW, I WILL GIVE BIRTH. REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH ARE NOT AND CANNOT BE FORESEEN BY STRANGERS, IN ANY CASE, THE DECISION TO BRING ANOTHER PERSON INTO THE WORLD RESTS SOLELY WITH A WOMAN WHO MIGHT DO SO. BECOMING A MOTHER IS NOT YOUR DECISION TO MAKE FOR ANYONE ELSE. BELIEF THAT THIS DECISION RELIES UPON YOUR, OR ANYONE'S ELSE'S OPINION IS DEMEANING TO WOMEN, AS IT MAKES CLEAR THAT YOU DO NOT TRUST WOMEN TO MAKE INFORMED, INTELLIGENT, PERSONAL CHOICES WITHOUT YOUR INPUT. ANY SINGLE WOMAN'S CHOICE TO BECOME A MOTHER IS NOT MR. RAPERT'S, OR ANY OTHER PERSON'S TO MAKE, PERIOD.

EVIDENTLY, THE STATE LEGISLATURE BELIEVES THAT IS IS MORE IMPORTANT TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR HALF THE POPULATION OF THE STATE, WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF ANY MEMBER OF THAT POPULATION'S SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES, THAN IT IS TO FACILITATE JOB CREATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, OR EDUCATION - WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY TO ACTUALLY PREVENT ELECTIVE ABORTION IN THE FIRST PLACE.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT FORCE WOMEN INTO LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS BECAUSE OF SOME MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO "SAVE LIVES." YOU WILL BE SIGNING INTO AFFECT A LAW THAT WILL KILL MANY OF YOUR FEMALE CONSTITUENTS AND FELLOW COGNIZANT HUMAN BEINGS.

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Posted by Bethany Ellen Smith on 02/07/2013 at 3:48 PM

 

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