24 June, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Re: Health Care for Women
Perhaps you can explain it? Perhaps you can defend it? I can’t. The fact that not a single woman was included in the gaggle of 13 smugly male Republican Senators who secretly crafted the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act is truly despicable.
Better care for whom? Not for the elderly and the poor, I’m pretty sure. But certainly not for women, with the spiteful and, yes, unapologetically sexist elimination of Planned Parenthood, the termination (the appropriate word, here,) of abortion, the shift from required maternity care to a matter of choice for the states, the radical attack on Medicaid, which would likely leave mothers more than ever tied to child care…
You tell me, Congressman: what woman would ever vote for such a bill? What woman would ever support it, if she knew and understood its content? And, when the time comes, will you?
With the unseemly Republican stampede to pass this unconscionable travesty of a health care bill, will women have the time—in this next few days—to organize sufficiently to get out into the streets en masse and scream in justified public outrage? I hope so.
I do not often issue demands. But as your constituent, I make this demand: DO NOT RUBBER STAMP this offense to all Americans.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.