The War on Women

May 6, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

Some of you probably saw four of us out in front of the courthouse with our signs on Saturday.

The following list shows you why we were there:

Florida — the governor vetoed $1.5 million to fund rape crisis centers.

Arizona — bans abortion before prenatal testing, has mandatory ultrasound, woman must wait 24 hours to [auth] terminate pregnancy.

Georgia — Rep. Franklin (R) wants to classify victims of rape, stalking or family violence as “accusers” until a defendant is convicted.

Wisconsin — women’s pay and services were cut while the governor’s cronies get bonuses.

Oklahoma — wanted to mandate a trans-vaginal ultrasound (it was defeated), wants to classify a fertilized egg a “person,” and ban all birth control, including in-vitro fertilization.

Kansas — rejected funds for family planning, so the people gathered the money to pay for it.

In another, they wanted to let a woman’s boss at work decide what kind of healthcare she could have.

These states have passed anti-choice laws: Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

I call that a War on Women, don’t you? Roe vs. Wade has been the law since 1972, and I think the tea party and their GOP cronies would also take away our right to vote, if they could.

I hope this letter opens some eyes around here.

Lee Sides


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