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July 8, 2014

Letter: Supreme Court puts women in jeopardy

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This ruling has made it harder and more expensive for women to procure reproductive and contraceptive care by making it incredibly stressful to even keep appointments with their doctors, which actually prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring in the first place. The Supreme Court has opened the door to increased aggression both verbal and physical against women using these legal clinics, including the majority of them who aren’t even there for an abortion in the first place.

American women had better take a long, hard look at the extreme conservative wing of the present-day Republican Party as it continues its battle to consign them to ever more second-class citizen status. And this isn’t hyperbole. Just check out the Senate Republicans’ April blocking of President Barack Obama’s Equal Pay Act, his attempt to try to narrow the 20-23 percent wage gap between male and female employees. Then Google the anti-female laws being-and-already enacted in many of our Southern and Western states by their governments and courts. Feel glad that you’re living here in the Granite State, where our eviction of most of New Hampshire’s tea party Republicans and the election of Gov. Maggie Hassan in the 2012 elections prevented similar legislation from taking place within our borders. And this Nov. 4, we’d better make sure to use our votes to keep it that way.

William F. Klessens

Salem

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