My Letter to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

I thought Privilege Denying Dude might be able to explain better.

This is the letter I wrote to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who represents me in Dallas, about HR3 and John Boehner’s redefinition of rape. If you’re in her district, too, please write her here and ask her to stand up against HR3.

Ms Johnson –

I am writing to you asking you to speak out against HR3, the health care bill that would empower rapists and limit women’s access to medical care after sexual assaults.

HR3’s sponsors want to limit medicare funding of abortion only in cases of “forcible” rape. They fail to understand that all rape is forced, and that rape is defined by a lack of consent, not how many bruises show up the next day. In limiting this definition of rape, congressional members are telling women that the government doesn’t believe they were really raped if they were drugged, groomed by a pedophile or a victim of statutory assault.

John Boehner is sending a message to rapists that says: sometimes, rape is not serious. Some rape victims are not worthy of our help. And that empowers rapists.

This cannot be allowed. Ms Johnson, please stand up to Rep. Boehner and tell him you will not back down.

Please–1 in 4 women will be raped or assaulted in their lifetimes, and you or I could be one of them. If that happens, I want to live in a country where my representatives in government support and believe me–not in a country where my representatives tell me I should have a few more bruises before I want to complain about a sexual assault.

Thanks for your time,
Andrea Grimes
Dallas, TX

About andrea grimes

Andrea is a journalist living in Austin, TX. She has a master's degree in anthropology and did her thesis work on gender and stand-up comedy. Seriously. Also, she has a bunch of cats. Three of them. Is three a bunch? Discuss.
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  3. mattdyne says:

    Thank you for using your pulpit to speak out on this horrendous attempted abuse of women for the purpose of gaining and maintaining political power.

    Humans are rationalizing animals: we can beat, torture, rape, murder, and commit genocide and rationalize that it’s all okay. The ends justify the means, is the party line. It’s okay for a woman to be drugged, raped, impregnated, maybe by a man she never sees, and then forced to gestate and raise a child for a couple of decades without support from a father… That’s the price a woman must pay, because some say God told them He does not allow destroying even an embryo.

    God did not create man. Man created God–yet God is great. And God did not create rape. Men did, and rape is men’s greatest failing and humanities greatest injustice. And God did not attempt to create further injustice to heap upon women, making them bear the children of men who raped them. Men did that too. But not all men.

    Stand tall, men and women who are rational, not rationalizing. Speak out, as you are, and don’t let injustice prevail.

    Thank you Bernice Johnson for your good work,
    Matthew

  4. mattdyne says:

    I’m sorry Andrea. The last sentence of my previous reply should read:

    Thank you Andrea Grimes (nor Bernice Johnson) for your good work.

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