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Protecting a woman's right to choose

The BIGGEST reasons I love living in Rhode Island = the people and the politics.

Here's a letter I got from RI Congressman Patrick Kennedy today in response to an email I sent him about supporting a woman's right to choose.
June 23, 2006

Thank you for contacting me regarding family planning and choice
protection. I appreciate hearing from you on these important
issues and I share your concerns.

I believe it is the obligation of the government to ensure the
public health of our society. Consistent with that, I am
supportive of ensuring women are provided a legal and safe option to
exercise their constitutional right to choose as guaranteed by Roe
V. Wade.

In addition, my pro-choice position is not limited to opposing
abortion restrictions, but includes promoting responsible
measures to help women prevent unintended pregnancies. I am a
cosponsor of H.R. 1709, the Prevention First Act. This comprehensive
legislation includes several other important bills aimed at
prevention, such as the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies
Act, the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive
Coverage Act, and the Title X Family Planning Services Act. H.R.
1709 would expand access to several preventative health care
services that help reduce unintended pregnancy and the number of
abortions, while improving access to women's health care.

I am also supportive of H.R. 5052, the Stop Deceptive
Advertising for Women's Services Act, which would require the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) to create rules prohibiting individuals from
falsely advertising abortion services, as well as enforce
violations of such rules. Further, as a strong supporter of emergency
contraception, also known as "Plan B," I will continue to work
with my colleagues to urge the FDA to take immediate action on
this issue. I have cosponsored H.R. 4229, which gives the FDA 30
days to approve Plan B's application. Lastly, as a member of
the House Appropriations Committee, I am proud to fight for
increased funding for domestic and international family planning,
which has been reduced and drastically restricted by the Bush
Administration.

Thank you, again, for your correspondence. It is imperative
that I know the thoughts and concerns of my constituents before
making any legislative decisions.

Sincerely,

Patrick J. Kennedy
Member of Congress

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