So, we have spent the past few days, discussing what’s terrible about HR3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion If You Weren’t Raped Convincingly Enough, Or If You Have Insurance, Or Basically If We Just Don’t Feel Like It, Ever” Act sponsored by the terrifying Chris Smith of New Jersey, many terrible politicians including some very disappointing Democrats, and dubbed a top priority by John Boehner and his Congress, which just so happens to be deteriorating very rapidly into a nightmarish culture-war cartoon.
But just talking about things isn’t the way to stop them, sometimes. We’ve got to make sure that we know who we’re talking to, and how to reach them. We all oppose this act, but we have to make sure that everyone in power knows about this. Therefore, we’ve been working together to form a long-term strategy for opposing the bill, and bringing as much pressure as we can to the right people, so that they know they’ve got to stand up against it.
Right now, the bill is being handled by the Ways and Means Committee. They’re money people — NOT, notably, public health people — and if we don’t make it clear to them that this bill HAS to stop and that its redefinition of rape CANNOT be allowed to move forward, there’s a chance that they could miss how terrible it is. OR, you know, just move forward with it. Because who cares about the survivors affected by the “forcible rape” clause? Or all of the low-income people who are going to need abortions? Or, you know, WOMEN AND PEOPLE WHO NEED ABORTIONS, generally? There is only one Democratic woman on this committee, which is illustrative of the sort of odds we’re up against.
Therefore, we at Tiger Beatdown have been working on a petition for the people in the Ways and Means committee, to tell them that it’s imperative they stand up against this bill. It’s here. Please sign, so that we can deliver it to the right people, and make their voices heard. It’s easy for them to ignore us. Many of them want to ignore us. Ignoring the people most affected by anti-choice legislation is, basically, the only way this sort of extremist anti-choice legislation can ever move forward. So we’ve got to be as loud and as dedicated as possible, in terms of letting them know that we’re here. We do not support any politicians who back HR3, and we don’t support HR3.