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An Open Letter to a Virginia Legislator

Recently, Representative Benjamin Cline introduced legislation to call the anniversary of Roe v. Wade the "Day of Tears” to the Virginia General Assembly House, that encourages Virginians to lower their flags to half mast and mourn that day. It passed, and to the best of my understanding, does not have to pass through the Senate because it is a House resolution. I view this as a waste of taxpayer dollars to take the time to pass such a resolution, as well as an attack on women’s constitutional right to abortion. It is more important than ever that women continue to assert ourselves and make it clear we will not be silenced, which is why I have written an open letter to Representative Cline below:


Representative Cline,

The Roe v. Wade verdict was a monumental one that marked significant progress on the recognition of women's rights and their autonomy over their own bodies. Your decision to introduce legislation that will dub its anniversary the "Day of Tears" is an attempt at shaming women for making decisions that you have no right to judge. Furthermore, because this resolution is a "symbolic" one that is meant to show support for the pro-life movement, it only serves as a degrading statement against women who have had abortions. This resolution is designed not to create change, but to shame others, which in my mind is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

In the future, I ask that you instead focus on your job - not creating laws aimed at increasing polarization and pushing your personal beliefs onto others, but passing laws that create tangible change and allow us to progress as a nation together.


Elizabeth Kraisinger

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency of the County government.

Posted: Jan 24, 2017 by Elizabeth Kraisinger

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