It turns out my local Congressman is listening to my input, though perhaps his response leaves something to be desired. Note the contradictory belief statements in paragraph 2:
1. "I believe government should not interfere in a woman's right to choose...."
2. "I believe we must do all we can to reduce unintended pregnancies....."
That's wonderful, Congressman, that your beliefs are such... but here's a newsflash: you weren't elected to push your beliefs on Capital Hill... you were elected to represent the will of your constituents. Yeah, us, those schmucks who voted (or didn't vote) you into office.
How many politicians keep this in mind, do you suppose, when they cast their vote in Washington. Too few, I suppose.
Also, I wonder when the tired platitude "a woman's right to choose" is finally going to be (mercifully) retired. Women who have abortions don't "choose" to do so out of freedom; they more often report feeling as if there is no other choice.
Coercion or desperation do not a free woman make. Our current women's "health" care system has anything but the woman's holistic health in mind. Convenience? Maybe. Well-being of the human person? Certainly not.
I've attached the complete response below:
Thank you for contacting me about your position on abortion. I appreciate hearing from you on such an important issue because it enables me to better represent the beliefs and values of our district.
I believe government should not interfere in a woman's right to choose and medical decisions are between a woman and her doctor. At the same time, I believe we must do all we can to reduce unintended pregnancies through comprehensive sex education programs that may include abstinence education. I will keep your concerns in mind should this issue be considered by the U.S. House.
Even though we were unable to find common ground this time, I understand and I am respectful of your strong beliefs on this topic. I look forward to working with you in the future on the many issues where we are in agreement.
Once again, thanks for writing. I encourage you to continue to contact me about issues that are important to you.Sincerely,
Member of Congress