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Characters Referenced: Christopher Drake Joe Biden Litzy Gonzalez

From the Office of Democratic Representative Litzy Gonzalez

 

The 1973 Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade affirmed that access to safe and legal abortion is a Constitutional right. Not only is it a Constitutional right though, it is a human right. International human right laws clearly spell out that decisions about your body are yours alone.

As much as the GOP likes to talk about supporting "limited government" they are massively upset over losing the ability to put government restrictions over the bodies of women. Let us be clear though, privileged male politicians don't get a say over what a woman does with their body. Period. End of discussion.

I applaud President Biden for standing by his convictions and signing the Women's Health Protection Act into law. Backwards laws all across the country have tried to stand in the way of women's rights, but thankfully their authority has been superseded.

Abortion is a basic healthcare need for millions of women. It is estimated 1 in 4 pregnancies end in an abortion every year. Preventing women from accessing an abortion does not mean they stop needing one. That's why attempts to ban or restrict abortions do nothing to reduce the number of abortions, it only forces women to seek out unsafe abortions.

Denial or restriction of medical services, including reproductive health services that only certain individuals need is a form of discrimination. The committee for the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women has consistently stated that restrictive abortions laws constitute discrimination against women.

This discrimination also takes the form of stigmatization of women for seeking an abortion. The mere perception of abortion as unlawful or immoral an lead to harassment, abuse, and being shamed by healthcare staff, family members, and coworkers among others. The Women's Health Protection Act is a permanent stand against this discrimination.

Forcing someone to carry on an unwanted pregnancy or forcing them to seek out an unsafe abortion, is a violation of their human rights, including the rights to privacy and bodily autonomy. As much as representative Christopher Drake prior to the midterm election said that a GOP congress wouldn't obstruct government and would seek to be bipartisan, his own spoken intentions of having the first action of a GOP majority Congress to seek to repeal the Women's Health Protection Act betrays this very notion. By trying to repeal a bipartisanly passed bill just signed into law with legislation that stands zero chance of being signed by the President the GOP is looking to waste time just like I warned would happen prior to the election.

The Women's Health Protection Act is here to stay and women all across the country won't silently allow themselves to be discriminated against once again.


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Democratic Representative Litzy Gonzalez

Texas Congressional District 35

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