Ariz. Legislators Go Off on Constituents
Our member activists are not ones to keep quiet when politicians attack women's freedom and privacy.
So when Adena Bank Lees of Tucson received a NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona alert about a far-reaching bill to ban abortion care moving forward in the Arizona legislature, she asked her lawmakers to oppose it.
You won't believe how her state representative responded.
Arizona state Rep. Terri Proud used her state email account to send Adena a shocking and inappropriate note:
Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a "surgical procedure"... I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living - I will be voting YES.
When Adena wrote back to tell Rep. Proud how offensive it was for her to treat a constituent this way, Rep. Proud sent another email, stating:
You're kidding, right?
These personal attacks by some anti-choice Arizona legislators toward their own constituents are nothing to joke about.
If Rep. Proud's actions weren't enough, another state representative, Jack Harper, sent an email to a pro-choice constituent from his state email address calling her a "baby killer."
In the face of unbelievable actions by elected officials, kudos to Adena Bank Lees and all pro-choice Arizonans with the courage to speak their minds.
As for Reps. Proud and Harper, they bring shame to their home state.
Meanwhile, a groundswell of activism is taking place on Facebook against politicians who are practicing medicine without a license.
"In every generation there are moments when the activism reaches a new level, and I think we're seeing that because of the vile rhetoric from anti-choice politicians and radio show hosts," said NARAL Pro-Choice America spokesman Ted Miller.Seems the politicians waging their War on Women didn't count on women fighting back.
"What they didn't count on, or what they may have underestimated, is just how out of touch this agenda is with the country's values and priorities."