Well, this was interesting to stumble upon. According to Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, today is a day that should be recorded as one of the worst days in American history. Why, might you ask? Because today is the day that parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect. This means that women will have increased access to preventative services like HIV testing, contraception, and screening for domestic violence. Check out this infographic for all the things that 47 million women will now have access to.
However, according to Rep. Kelly, “I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.”
Regardless of how you feel about healthcare, Kelly’s statement is not only wrong, but extremely disrespectful to those who lost their lives in 9/11 and to the soldiers who have lost their lives since. I am tired of extremist views (like equating a terrorist attack to millions of women’s access to preventative health services) dominating the healthcare debate. These voices do not represent me, nor the millions of American women who use birth control.