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The rights of women questioned

July 3, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

The eyes of Texas were upon Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis several days ago. The women of Texas flooded into the Capitol in Austin to show support for her 11-hour filibuster that denied a vote for a new, draconian law against women's rights.

This is a pivotal time for women's rights, as so many states, including Florida, have passed these restrictive bills - including ones requiring medically unnecessarily, invasive procedures.

It is my hope this will be the filibuster heard around the United States, and the world. These bills deny a woman's right to choose. Closing Planned Parenthood offices across the country also take away poor women's rights for basic health care, including cancer screenings. Women must end this "war on women" in a victory.

The consequences, as things are going now, is we will be put back in the Dark Ages.

The Texas filibuster occurred in a special session - when the usual procedures are changed so legislation can be pushed through on a fast track with less support. Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called another special session so that he may ramrod the bill through anyway. Democracy? I think not.

This should be a wakeup call to all women voters to run against, and win against, all who vote to deny these rights. May we also remind the women of Florida: Our state has not yet passed the Equal Rights Amendment granting women basic equality.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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