One of the GOP platform action items is to defund Planned Parenthood and other family planning services. So I emailed my congressman to register my opposition to such action. I believe, as I stated in this blog post, that access to reproductive health care is vital for the economic health of families and women.
This is the letter I got in response:
Thank you for contacting me with your support of Planned Parenthood, Title X, and family planning funding. I appreciate the range of beliefs that have been shared with me on this topic and I thank you for contacting me with your own unique perspective. An overwhelming majority of my constituents object to the government directing their taxpayer dollars to fund abortion services, or to fund organizations that perform abortions. Towards that end, I have not supported continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood or any other organization that provides services to terminate pregnancies.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me with further questions or concerns. If you are interested in receiving my email newsletter describing important votes and key committee activity, I invite you to visit my website at http://murphy.house.gov and sign up.
Oh, ho ho, sir. I don’t think so.
1. Tax dollars don’t fund abortions, and you should be sure to let your constituents know that. Ask them to look up the Hyde Amendment.
2. I don’t want my tax dollars to go to building a wall on the Mexican border. I don’t want my tax dollars to go to immigration bans, or drone warfare, or housing the First Lady in her New York penthouse to the tune of millions of dollars a year. Where’s my opt out?
Here’s a short list of where my friends and I would like our tax dollars to go, since we get to pick now: local infrastructure improvements; education; science initiatives; women’s shelters and food banks; EPA enforcement and national parks. (h/t to @AngrierFish, @MissSinBin, and @omgitsjen)
3. It is not up to you and your constituents to decide what other people – some your constituents, many more of whom are not – choose to do regarding family planning and reproductive health services.
My perspective is not “unique.” The majority of Americans, sir, believe in a woman’s right to choose; believe in the services that family planning centers provide – the majority of which are health screenings and birth control – and want families to be able to access care that benefits them… so that abortion becomes less necessary.
I have a feeling you may be hearing from an overwhelming number of constituents regarding this matter soon, and also from many people who support the ACA. Good luck with that “overwhelming majority” argument.
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