Angi Becker Stevens’ piece in RH Reality Check on Jenni Lane’s story in brought me to tears. The legislation passed out of committee in Michigan last Thursday is the most extremist anti-women yet in this country. These lawmakers have no capacity for understanding what their actions do to millions of women across this country. It’s all a political game to them. Why else would they not even hear the testimony of people who had stories to tell just like Jenni’s?
In the evening following the House committee’s favorable recommendation of HB 5711-13, Jenni Lane offered these thoughts about our legislators’ shameful behavior:
I feel so angry and so deeply sad that legislators supporting these bills are willfully ignoring stories like mine. It’s unconscionable, because women’s lives and health are at stake, and the expertise of medical providers is undermined and ignored. I have been tentative about that phrase that is used right now, the ‘war on women,’ because it sounds too much like polarizing rhetoric. But today, my own personal hurt and anger does make me feel attacked. When people in positions of power abuse it to implement policies that have devastating effects on other people, it’s aggressive and adversarial. But when these legislators simply will not hear from those who they disagree with, it feels ‘un-American,’ and fundamentally wrong”
Michigan women are at risk. These bills will have government invading American homes is ways yet unimaged. Will patriotic Americans stand silently by and allow these few government officials to play doctor, risking the health and safety of American women and the American family? It’s time to stand up and say, “enough is enough”. Call your Representative to voice your opinion. Then join UniteWomen.org in Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday, June 12th to let them hear us in person. Don’t come alone. Bring everyone you can to excercise your rights as an American, while we still can.Karen Teegarden
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