Friday, November 6, 2009

What's it going to take...

This afternoon I attended at rally at the capitol for reproductive rights! It was exciting to see the crowd participating at the rally, now its time to get to work.

What's it going to take to stop anti-choice legislation at the capitol in 2010. That's the $10,000 question.

1. The session starts on February 1st...its an election, be prepared for an onslaught of anti-choice legislation to fall out of the sky. No doubt politicians want to be either newly elected or re-elected by using "abortion" as their wedge issue. "I co-authored HB 1595." will be heard a billion times next year. There are approximately 29 Representatives and 11 Senators who co-authored this bill. Hmmm, I wonder if they're all running in 2010?

2. The legislative session starts on February 1st...our advocacy work started yesterday! The bill request deadline is December 11th, the bill introduction deadline is January 14th. So in the next few months, anti-choice legislators will be trying to figure out how to reintroduce the five to ten bills from HB 1595 and SB 1878(2007) and get those single bills out of committee. If you aren't ready to contact your legislator on Feb. 1st at 8 a.m. with a convincing argument why they should not support legislation that is harmful to women, you may not get another chance to make the argument. By 8:01 a.m. on February 1st, ten loud anti's have already called or emailed their opinions. The deal is done.

3. Check your email for legislative alerts daily, hourly, every second. This legislative body is not stupid, if they can sneak a bill in committee unannounced, it's no surprise to anyone but us. We have tried to attend committee meetings which were supposed to start at 4:30 p.m. but were moved up to 3:30 p.m. and they're already done for the day. Pretty sneaky sis.

4. Don't think your opinion doesn't count it does...if your talking to YOUR legislator. We've tried and tried to get in the door of one particular female senator but her assistant won't let us in the door because we aren't from her district.

5. DO recruit people daily to the cause. It will take MANY TO STOP ANY anti-choice legislation in 2010!

6. DO contact Governor Henry and let him know how much we need to protect women's health in Oklahoma! This is very important...if we can convince him he has the votes to sustain a veto, he may veto a bill. Then the work is having to come up with the votes.

7. This is Governor Henry's last year in office. This would be the time to not hold back on the big V-E-T-O power. Also, this is Governor Henry's last year in office, it would be a good idea to know the gubernatorial candidates stand on reproductive health issues. Being a Democrat in this state does not mean they're pro-choice.

8. Roll up your sleeves this could get messy.


1 comment:

Dominic said...

the very act of having an abortion indicates that the person understands that are stopping a child from being born, people have abortions because they don't want to deal with a child for whatever reason.

now im going to call abortion what it is, murder. and this is why its murder.

does sperm equal a baby, does an egg equal a baby? no they don't. but a sperm and an egg combined make a zygote (at some point), and a zygote makes a fetus and a fetus makes a baby and babies make you's and me's. if the conditions are right, fertilized eggs equal human life... guaranteed.

so the the act of aborting at any stage of development is the murder of human life, because fertilized human eggs have only one function... human life.

there are better ways to handle an unwanted child, (and again lets not be silly, its the future child you dont want to deal with, not the pregancy its self) and guess what you were a zygote once upon a time.

many churches have programs to help single mothers with food and clothing, whatever is needed. all you got to do is walk in say "hey im pregant, im debating abortion, i don't know what to do". adoption is also another option that is far better than abortion.

listen, i doubt there is any woman that wants to look ,one day down the road, at her 1 year old baby and say "i killed my own daughter before she even got out of the womb".

if you have had an abortion yourself, don't despair. i can understand why a woman would consider such a thing. perhaps she's alone, poor, afraid, been raped, the list (unfortunately for the wonderful women that God created) goes on and on. and though i can't attest to the what thats like i can say that breaks my heart that you and many others face such choices.

however, know that in the eyes of our lord Jesus you are beloved and more precious to him than anything. you don't have to carry the shame, and you don't have to justify your actions by supporting blogs about something you now know was wrong.

The Lord is willing to forgive and to show you a way to save you daughter or son, you need only ask him and seek a different solution.

in love,
Dominic DeCaro