Dear Sir or Madam,
As a member of this theoretically representative democracy, I and most of the people I know are not feeling represented at all, at this time.
Mr Lieberman is the dog in the manger, Mr Nelson beside him, grabbing benefits for themselves in the face of the New York Times/CBS News Poll showing 72% of respondents in favor of a government administered health plan.
Opponents of abortion represent only, at most, 25% of American, composed of evangelical christians and catholics.
If you recall, our nation is a secular one, perhaps you should review our constitution and the bill of rights you are sworn to uphold. There should be a test to enter public office, composed of random questions from both.
Keep in mind: Article II, Section 1.8 does not actually contain "So Help Me God".
Article VI, Section 3 ".. no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office.. "
In fact, the religious minority is NOT allowed to tell everyone else what to believe, or what to do. No one is.
If you don't like abortion, and don't want to allow it, don't worry. People who believe as you do, won't get one. That's less than a quarter of the population (http://www.religioustolerance.org/rel_rate.htm). You don't have the right to tell anyone else what to do.
It's a far worse decision than 25% of the population telling the rest of them they have to get circumcised, wear headscarfs, or panty hose.
Shame on you! Shame on you for violating our Constitution, shame on you for condemning so many young women to death and poverty.
Shame on you, parties to this incredibly violative agreement. I, and countless thousands, are disgusted with you.
When young people are FULLY educated about reproductive health and given free, affordable access to conventional, healthy family planning tools and ideas for reaching adulthood without reproductive mishaps, they have a higher success rate than if they are just told to pretend they will never be faced with the choice, or that choices are easy.
Furthermore, senior officials were INTENTIONALLY left out of technical, rational discussions on Morning After birth control: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5427939
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow.. in the sanctuary, thou art with me.. and I listen..
Perhaps you don't understand, that pregnancy in poverty, breeds pregnancy..
If you truly wish to prevent abortion, make SCIENTIFIC sex education mandatory in junior high, make sure that access to science-based family planning is freely available with NO questions, barriers or "state interrogations". Put minority "faith-based" services in their place- voluntary and elective.
To quote the great philosopher Bessie Smith; "Ain't Nobody's Business, If I Do".
I've got a big fat check sent off to NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and whoever is running against you in the next election, if you aren't paying attention to the great big percentage of Female-Americans who are tired of your misinformation, your misogyny, and your willful ignorance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Perhaps you should go pay our governing document a visit. It is a more reasonable document, than the one you laid your hand on, when you were sworn in. Furthermore, it was the document you swore to uphold. The other only works for a small percentage of the populace.
Thank you for your time and attention: Please don't send me a condescending letter about how you are working to protect me from the nasty old health reform bill or choice advocacy. I will be counting every one of these communications as a violation, and sending double my original donation to NARAL, or your opponent in the coming year, for every one of these automatic miscommunications/deliberate insults.
I can afford it.
Emily D Gordon