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,