LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Daines’ health care views skewed

Editor:

Recently I listened to Sen. Steve Daines’ tele-town hall. He argued that politically run public health clinics are adequate for all women’s health needs (but apparently not men’s). He is wrong. He also argued against a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have a baby. Again, he is wrong.

The medical journal Lancet in the current issue editorialized: “The UNFPA’s mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.” Last week, the USA rejected part of a UN resolution designed to help female victims of violence — particularly those in conflict zones, who are at increased risk of sexual assault and rape — because it included a statement that women should be given the option of a safe abortion. U.S. Rep. Jason Mack told the UN Human Rights Council that President Donald Trump’s administration “does not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance.” It is one thing to contest the role of abortion in family planning, and another to deny that women are often unable to negotiate when or with whom they have sex or choose when and by whom they get pregnant.

Please, Senator Daines, reconsider your mean, controlling, misogynistic position. Women are people! We have human rights, civil rights, and certainly the right to health care not dictated by old white male politicians with no medical training but a fondness for defending rape and rapists.

 

Anne Millbrooke

Bozeman

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