The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays And Lesbians
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Dear Members and Friends of PLAGAL,
Congressman Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA) has introduced a bill called The Post-Abortion Depression Research and Care Act (H.R. 4543). I am asking you to please contact your representatives and ask for their support and sponsorship no matter where they stand on the issue of abortion.
The Post-Abortion Depression Research and Care Act (H.R. 4543) is very important legislation because it provides $15 million to the National Institutes of Health to research the emotional impact of abortion on women. The bill also creates a $1.5 million grant program to fund the development of treatment programs for women who suffer emotionally after abortion.
As a post-abortive woman I cannot stress enough to you how important this legislation is. I know first hand the devastation abortion has on a woman's mental health. Women deserve to know all the information they can before they make such a life altering decision. This legislation will give the much needed research on the affects of abortion on women's mental health.
Here are two links that give more information on the bill introduced.
Previous Alert (November 2003):
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc
Human Rights Campaign
Equal Partners in Faith
L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
LLEGO the National Latina/o LGBT org
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Dear Board of Directors,
I am writing to you because I have recently learned of your sponsorship of the March for Choice that is happening April 2004. Many of our membership as well as myself are outraged at the fact that you link abortion rights with gay and lesbian rights. No one doubts the work that you have done is very much needed to help further the rights of those within the GLBT community. You have done a good job with that cause. But I have to ask you, does supporting abortion on demand further the gay and lesbian cause? I think not.
As members of the GLBT community we know all to well what it is like to be considered less than human. We know what it is like to be unwanted. How can we support legislation that attacks helpless individuals, some who no doubt may be part of the future of the GLBT community? It is a false belief that if we support a so called women's right to choose, we are securing the rights of those within the GLBT community. Who we love and who we sleep with is certainly a different issue. It is different because it involves two consenting individuals. In abortion, it is not an action that both parties are in favor of. The unborn child is never given a voice. Let us not forget that abortion is the atrocity of the heterosexual community. While those within the GLBT community struggle for parental rights and the ability to adopt, many within the heterosexual community are throwing away their children as if they were garbage. How can we support such legislation? How can we fight for the humanity of those within the GLBT community while ignoring the humanity of the unborn child?
I must ask, by your support of abortion on demand, is your issue really about helping women or is it securing abortion no matter what? Many women don't chose abortion because they want to. They do so because they feel they have no choice. At that moment in their life having a child may seem an unbearable burden. Maybe she is hurting financially or does not have health care coverage. Maybe she is alone or really lacks the resources that are necessary to raise a child. If we really want to help women, we should work on legislation that gives women the ability to make real choices. Instead of focusing on only one choice, women obtaining abortions, we should focus on issues that make it so that a woman does not feel that abortion is her only alternative. We should work on issues such as affordable health coverage, safe and affordable child care, child support, a living wage so that a woman can afford safe housing, food, and utilities, safe environments for women to raise their children, protection in the work place, etc. Only by working on this type of legislation are we really giving women real choices.
Please reconsider your stance on cosponsoring the March for Choice. It is no pride to work for the rights of the GLBT community while at the same time taking away the rights of the unborn. I know I speak for myself and other pro-life members of the GLBT community when I say that I do not want my rights as a member of the GLBT community to come at the expense of the unborn. It is far better not to take a stance on the issue of abortion as it relates to fighting for the rights of the GLBT community than to combine it and lose the support of those who otherwise would work with you on other worthwhile causes.