Look at GOP’s voting record in Congress on women’s issues

Monday, August 19, 2013
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Look at GOP’s voting record in Congress on women’s issues

Re Timothy J. Gaffney Sr.’s Aug. 9 letter about the “war on women”: Is he kidding me?

Mr. Gaffney chooses to blame the Democrats for the “war on women” by simply blaming the bad behavior of a few elected officials. And, yes, there are elected officials on both sides who have exhibited bad behavior and poor judgment when it comes to women. But their personal indiscretions did not affect an entire gender, and their behavior did not legislate the treatment, or lack, of that gender.

[Consider] the “Anti-Women Voting Record of the U.S. House of Representatives 112th Congress” as published by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Minority staff in September 2012.

The report outlines “the number of times the Republican-controlled House has voted to undermine women’s health, to roll back women’s rights, and to defund programs and institutions that provide health care and support for women.”

u 17 votes to allow health insurance companies to discriminate against women.

u 11 votes that cut women’s access to preventive care.

u 10 votes to restrict or roll back abortion rights or access to legal abortion.

u Seven votes to cut funding for key nutrition programs for women.

u Six votes against protections for women from violence and discrimination.

u Three votes to block access to reproductive and maternal care services.

u Three votes to undermine Medicare and Medicaid programs.

u 14 votes to weaken environmental laws that protect pregnant women.

These votes against women and women’s rights affect the lives of every woman in this country, and not just a few who have engaged in extracurricular activities with narcissistic politicians. They also affect the lives of their children and families. The GOP repeatedly voted against bills like the Violence Against Women Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act and many others that directly affect women’s welfare, health and livelihood.

The GOP record speaks for itself and clearly shows how they really feel about women.

Denise Turgeon


Moms can’t pick which laws they want to obey

I was struck by the compassionate remarks of funeral director Susan Daly in the Aug. 11 Gazette regarding stillbirth deaths.

Daly speaks about babies dying prior to birth and explains that her funeral home is called upon to make arrangements for some of these infants when they die following 21 weeks of gestation.

I find such comments surprising, given that Daly Funeral Home was one of several Schenectady businesses rallying outside Proctors in April [April 4 Gazette] expressing support for Gov. Cuomo’s “women’s equality agenda,” an agenda that included expansion of late-term abortion. The governor’s agenda, which thankfully did not pass, would have allowed abortion for virtually any reason after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

It seems inconsistent to mourn the loss of an unborn child at eight months’ gestation, and help families to properly grieve such a loss, while cheerleading for a bill that would have enabled the death of infants at that very same stage of development.

As a society, we need to come to terms with the fact that a baby is a baby is a baby, and we cannot say it is a baby when a mother desires a child, yet pretend it is not a baby when the infant is unwanted or unplanned. He or she is the same human organism, deserving of our respect, and worthy of the protection of the law.

Kathleen Gallagher


The writer is the director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference.

Prenatal memorial gardens not really new

I read the Aug. 11 article, “Taken too soon.” I am a women’s health care provider with over 35 years experience as a registered nurse in the delivery room and, most recently, as a certified nurse midwife.

Back in the late ‘70s, I became interested in the issues surrounding prenatal bereavement and the need to shed more light on the needs of women and their families during the trauma of stillbirth. I was very happy to see the article in your paper [allowing] the public to become more educated about what is still a somewhat taboo subject.

However, while the article states the memory garden at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery is one of the first in the country, this is not necessarily true. I am from Long Island, and down there the memorial garden concept that is referenced has existed in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury for over 10 years.

In addition, the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System also has a memorial garden, where memory bricks can be placed for those have had a loss.

It’s good to see that the concept is taking hold up here in the Capital Region also.

Margaret E. Priola


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August 19, 2013
3:51 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Denise Turgeon - Thank you for your well researched and informative letter. Sadly, I am afraid that the people that really need this information will find some reason to disbelieve the facts and denigrate you point.

August 19, 2013
5:25 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Yes janesjoys they're all facts, and absolute proof that the Republicans simply hate women. Denise throws a list out there and like a good puppy you go running after it. Her very first item attacks Health Insurance Companies for " gender discrimination" Lets take a look at that one. This is based solely on the Republican opposition to Buma care as far as I can ascertain. The ACA may or may not have wording preventing insurance companies from charging woman more. If you have auto insurance, then you know rates are based on rick factors. A 50 year old male pays less then a 19 year old kid. Its simple economics. If you're likely to cost more to cover then you need to pay more. Woman see doctors far more often then men, yet you think they should pay the same rate. You like most liberals simply can not comprehend what an insurance companies role is in society. Insurance is the equitable transfer of the risk of a loss, from one entity to another in exchange for payment. You create the loss and then you want to decide the payment for the assumed risk. Do you lefties every think through anything?

August 19, 2013
8:55 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Denise Turgeon Ok so I read that there were 70 total votes on 8 Bills by 435 members of Congress... So what you are saying is that 3 Republicans out of 233 in Congress voted for a Bill..... Wow that sure is proof that Republicans hate women. Liberals, making up facts since 1962.

August 19, 2013
2:19 p.m.
janesjoys says...

what I said!

August 19, 2013
4:28 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Jane, come on. Three people voted on a bill and you consider that a majority of republicans?

August 19, 2013
7:18 p.m.
wmarincic says...

OK sorry I misread that but for instance, the violence against women act was voted against by even Michelle Bachman who said the reason the Republicans voted against it was because it "did not do ENOUGH to protect women". Dennis Turgeonreally need's to stop the liberal lies.

August 19, 2013
9:06 p.m.
ChuckD says...

Phils2008, it's insurance and the money's in a pool we all draw from. Everyone contributes and we all benefit and hopefully no one takes more than they need. Is that easier to understand?
And you know what? After seeing what my wife went through to bring our child into the world, and what all women go through to bring children into this world, I'll gladly pay to support their health.
That's one way I show respect for women.

August 20, 2013
6:11 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

ChuckD are you married to janesjoys? Economic rational is lost on you just as it is on janesjoy. If you'll gladly pay to support their health, then pay. You two are the ones whining about your insurance premiums. You two are the ones that think it should be free. You two think the Insurance Companies owe you something extra. You make my point for me and dont even understand that you did. Simply amazing!

August 23, 2013
5:24 p.m.
ChuckD says...

You Phils2008 have a wonderfully vivid imagination. And what you state is just that, imaginary.

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