Thursday, March 27, 2008

Women Deserve the Right to Choose



Women Deserve the Right to Choose


The federally protected right for women to choose to have an abortion is facing the greatest threat to its continued existence since it was implemented in 1973.  History shows that women's rights to the autonomy of their bodies and their right to privacy is fundamental to women's progress.  States are attempting to do an end run around the federal government by passing anti-choice legislation in lieu of expectant Supreme Court decisions regarding federal protections for women. According to the Feminist Majority, nine states may have anti-abortion  measures on the ballot this November. These so-called "personhood initiatives" threaten not only abortion, but also certain methods of birth control. 
Last year the Freedom of Choice Act was introduced into the US Senate, this act states that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability, or to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.   This is the type of legislation that is necessary in order to ensure that women's rights are protected in this society.  With a politically stacked Supreme Court leaning toward invalidating Roe with decisions such as the abortion ban in Gonzales vs. Carhart, it is clear that the Supreme Court does not care about the health and safety of women.
This is why the federally protected right for women to choose must remain a federal right.  This is why it matters who you elect to federal office.  The current anti-woman policies have been the direct result of years of ideologically driven legislation dictated by neo-conservative ideology which is rooted in archaic principles regarding the role and status of women as child-bearers and homemakers.  The recent anti-abortion ruling in Gonzales vs. Carhart already puts the health and safety of women at risk, and this is only the beginning if we do not elect representatives who will uphold the rights of women.  The right to a safe and legal abortion is being chipped away and it is essential to act now to preserve women's rights and women's lives.
I believe that a woman's right to choose is a fundamental right of women, therefore, as a candidate I promise that I will work to do everything in my power to keep abortion safe and legal for all women, not just those in 'safe states' where abortion would be kept legal. Additionally, I will work to ensure that abortion remain a federal right, and that poor women have access to federal dollars in the event of need which is a right many women have not had access to for many years. I will also support affirmative action and equal opportunity for women at all levels of employment, both in government and in the private economy.


Chris Lugo for US Senate
9 Music Sq So #164
Nashville, TN 37203


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