Letter, Daily Local News, 7/22/18, from the Dem candidate for PA House 158
It’s 2018. We have made numerous steps toward being a thoroughly modern nation. Yet, we are still fighting for women’s equality; and most alarmingly, the battle to let women make their own healthcare decisions.
With the recent announcement of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s retirement, American women are facing the stark reality that his replacement will seek to overturn their constitutional right to legal and safe abortion.
I believe that abortion is a tragic circumstance and difficult decision. Women arrive at the decision to end a pregnancy for numerous and highly personal reasons. Some women are victims of rape, incest, or abuse. Other women might be carrying non-viable or dangerous pregnancies. Regardless of the reasons, abortion is — and should remain — the woman’s choice.
Today, thankfully, women are able to make this difficult healthcare decision with the assistance of health and counseling professionals. Yet, these same professionals are also a target of abortion opponents who aim to criminalize this healthcare procedure.
Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the number of abortions continues to significantly decrease. Thirty years ago the CDC reported nearly 1.3 million abortions and, based on the most recent data from 2014, the reported number of abortions has decreased by 50%.
We all want the amount of abortions to be zero. Unfortunately, this is unrealistic as two-thirds of Americans are estimated to face an unintended pregnancy within their lifetime.
Until we end domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, incest, life-threatening genetic disorders, improper sex education, and high-poverty rates amongst women and families, women will be forced to confront pregnancies not of their own choosing. If we want to end abortion, we have to address and solve the above injustices that women face. Making abortion illegal will not stop it from happening.
It is also critical to understand that if we ban legal abortion and offer no financial, health, family, emotional, and educational assistance to those forced to carry an unintended pregnancy, we put lives at significant risk. Without a commitment to holistically support the child, mother, and family after birth, it is imperative that government stay out of these extremely personal decisions.
To be clear, if abortion is made illegal, women will carry out abortions in extremely injurious ways to themselves and the fetus. We cannot forget that illegal abortion was once the leading cause of death in women. We have history to tell us this.
Christina Sappey, West Bradford
by Bil Rettew, Daily Local News, 2/12/18
NEWLIN >> Longtime legislative aide Christina Sappey announced Friday that she hopes to unseat Republican state Rep. Eric Roe and represent the 158th House District in Harrisburg.
Sappey, of West Bradford, will face off against former teacher and coach Rick Nelms in the May 15 Democratic primary.
Sappey and about three dozen supporters met on the stone bridge at ChesLen Preserve for the announcement.
Sappey was joined by recent employer, and current state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, and former state Rep. Barbara McIlvaine Smith, D-156, who will act as the campaign treasurer….
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