I would say, “Happy Friday,” but honestly…it hasn’t been a great week.
We woke up Monday morning to news of the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Yet again, we have to seriously talk about gun control laws, domestic terrorism, and a government that does very little to fix either. It’s sad and draining to know that 58 people died, and hundreds were injured, because our gun lobby and government allow this to happen. I don’t know how many more people will have to die for people to get it. It hurts to know that not even the shooting in Las Vegas, or at Sandy Hook Elementary, or the Pulse nightclub in Orlando were enough.
We found out on Wednesday that the House passed H.R. 36, which will ban abortions past 20 weeks and jail or fine doctors for performing them. I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t pass the Senate. I have seen what carrying an unviable pregnancy to term can do to a woman and her family. It makes me sick to think of all the families that could be forced to endure such a heartbreaking experience. Keep hounding your senators to do the right thing, and to stop chipping away at Roe v. Wade.
Just today, our current administration announced they are going to roll back the ACA contraception mandate. This will allow insurance companies and employers to deny coverage for contraception based on their moral or religious beliefs. Conservative estimates say it will cause 120,000 women to lose contraception coverage – which is still too many, considering many of those women won’t be able to afford it. More realistically, this puts birth control coverage up in the air for all 62 million women in this country. This affects more than just women using birth control for contraception – it also affects women using it to treat endometriosis, PCOS, migraines, PMDD, acne and other health issues.
I could keep going, but it’s just going to depress all of us. Our country is having a terrible week, and it doesn’t look like things are going to get easier anytime soon.
I plan to spend this weekend writing to my senators and representatives.
I hope you do too.
To find out how to contact your state and local representatives, head over to www.whoismyrepresentative.com, and send them a phone call, email, or postcard to tell them what you think they should be doing to best represent you!