We are shocked and angered to see a radical and well-funded fringe element attempt to roll back the clock, not just a generation, but a century, to a time when family planning was considered outrageous and brave women went to jail to secure the freedom and sanctity of their own bodies.
We, the clear thinking citizens of Texas and the United States of America, believe that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness includes the following:
•The right of every person to make medical decisions independent of legislative whim.
•The right of every worker to have equal access to health insurance coverage,
regardless of an employer’s personal beliefs.
•The right to family planning as a completely personal decision.
•The right for doctor patient consultations to be private.
•The right to autonomy of one’s own body. Nothing is more basic.
IT IS ALREADY THE LAW
In 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that that prescription insurance plans may not discriminate on the basis of gender, and this was upheld in court in 2001. (Erickson v. The Bartell Drug Co.)
Why, a dozen years later, has this become a controversy? For a few politicans’ personal gain.
THESE ARE DANGEROUS TIMES FOR PERSONAL FREEDOM
•Allowing employers to pick and choose insurance coverage is wrong.
•Using taxpayer monies to support a political agenda at the expense of people’s health is vicious and contemptible.
•Legislating doctor patient conversations and mandating medical procedures is a shocking reversal of history and law.
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING:
•Enforce the EEOC ruling of 2000, because it rules simply on gender equality.
•Repeal the Texas Sonogram Law because it is an abhorrent invasion of privacy.
•Make funding for women’s health care appropriate to the need, not based on political agendas.
WE DEMAND PERSONAL FREEDOM AND PRIVACY. AND WE VOTE.