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Dinah Kudatsky: Markey stand clear on reproductive rights

To the editor:

I’m a progressive Democrat and have been closely following our special Massachusetts Senate race to hear both candidates. My vote for Ed Markey will not be merely a knee-jerk, party-line reflex.

As a woman, I’m particularly concerned about Congressional decisions that affect the status and well-being of all women. I marched for the Equal Rights Amendment and our right to choose back in the 1970s. And I want the daughters and granddaughters of my generation to not be cheated out of the advances that my peers fought so long to achieve.

On this, Markey’s positions are clear and steadfast: he has long been a proponent of women’s reproductive freedoms and equal treatment in both pay and health care delivery.

On the other hand, Gabriel Gomez has tried to come down on every side of the issue of women’s choice. Given that he is a Republican, it’s not surprising that he’s “personally pro-life,” that he would have “no litmus test” for the next nominee for the Supreme Court and that a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for the termination of a pregnancy is not unreasonable.

However, other statements call the candidate’s beliefs and integrity into question. When he says he would not “change any laws” and that Roe v. Wade is “settled law,” Gomez is attempting to soften the hard edges of the right-wing’s agenda to an ideological blur.

Reactionary groups know they can’t have Rowe v. Wade overturned until they confirm one or more regressive justices on the high court.

Although superficially a 24-hour waiting period for abortion might seem like a reasonable concession to moderation, it’s a tactic of the anti-choice groups and a slippery slope toward depriving women of their choices and handing their personal, medical and ethical decisions to Congress.

Republicans like to say they’re for freedom and liberty; I’d love to see them concede to women the freedom to control their own bodies and their own health care decisions.

We can count on Ed Markey as our next Senator to champion the choices and health care of women.

Dinah Kudatsky

Amherst

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