The current national debate over contraception leaves me dumbfounded. Families across the country are struggling to pay bills, afford college tuitions and health care expenses. But Congress is focused on who should have access to contraception, instead of on how to help middle class families recover from the recession.
We all know that Rush Limbaugh, who had the audacity to single out and attack a responsible young woman as if he is some pillar of righteousness, is an extremist. But where is the supposedly moderate Brian Bilbray on this stuff? Just last year Bilbray fell in lock step with the right wing and voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. And it’s not just women Bilbray’s after. He’s voted to end Medicare as we know it and supports privatizing Social Security – both huge risks for seniors who count on them.
We need a leader who will fight against extremists and defend the rights of women and seniors. My husband of 25 years, Scott Peters, is that kind of leader.
We are both steadfastly pro-choice. It’s unbelievable to us that women are facing the same battle over contraception that American women fought, and won, more than 30 years ago. People who call themselves ‘fiscal conservatives’ don’t seem to understand that contraception is far more cost effective than unplanned pregnancies. What don’t they get?
Scott and I have a long history of supporting pro-choice organizations. With Scott’s stalwart support, I served on the board of Planned Parenthood. Scott helped me advocate for the cause, and he supported me when I stood up to “Operation Rescue” as an escort for women trying to access women’s health facilities.
Men CAN and MUST play a strong role in defending women’s rights. The notion that a man cannot effectively stand up for women’s rights is wrong and frankly, lets men off the hook far too easily!
Affordable access to reproductive healthcare is not a woman’s issue – it’s everyone’s issue! That’s why in this important election, we need a candidate who can beat Brian Bilbray, and who can lead by example in this ridiculous war on women.
I am asking you today to contribute $25, $50, $100, $250 or any amount up to the maximum of $2,500 per election cycle to Scott’s campaign. With your help, he will be able to fight back against the extremist hate machine that is far too pervasive in our politics today.
Last week, the American Action Network, a group with ties to Karl Rove and his American Crossroads organization, announced they would be making a significant TV ad buy in this district. We need to be prepared, and we need your help.
We cannot afford to let them distort the truth and we cannot afford to let them push back the hard-fought and hard-won fight for women’s rights.
Thank you for your support of Scott. He is a wonderful husband and father.
He will make a great U.S. Representative.
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