To: Joel Briscoe, Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Justin J. Miller, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner, Bruce Cutler,
Subject: Planned Parenthood Funding
Date: Sun Aug 23 15:36:47 MDT 2015
I am reaching out to all Utah Representatives today because I strongly believe that Governor Herbert's measure to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding disbursed through Utah state agencies is unethical, and is an attempt to subvert women’s 14th Amendment rights.
These services are extremely important, especially in poverty stricken areas where most people can't afford to go to a hospital or regular doctor. They also drastically reduce the need for abortions by being the leading provider of low cost contraceptives. If reducing abortions is the goal, then this measure in counterintuitive.
Defunding Planned Parenthood is not "Defunding abortions", it's removing other vital health services to those who need it. Abortions are paid for out of pocket by the women needing the procedure, and as you well know tax dollars are not spent on abortion services, and haven't been since the passage of the Hyde Act in 1997.
The Governor taking this action, based on fabricated and falsified information, is not only inappropriate, but dangerous and irresponsible. The allegations in the videos released by the Center For Medical Progress have been investigated and determined to be baseless, as you may know. Using those videos as a basis to erect barriers for Federal funds earmarked for Planned Parenthood amounts to nothing less than a which hunt.
Elected officials, of course, have every right to their own personal beliefs regarding abortion. They do not however have the right to use their position to limit women's constitutionally protected rights. It is unethical and an abuse of power for you to use their position in order to advance their own personal agenda.
You took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so I am calling on you and urging you to oppose this measure.
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