Friday, October 17, 2014

APP LETTER: Smith on wrong side of women’s issues

The following is yet another anti-Chris Smith letter that appeared lately in the Asbury Park Press:

In response to the Sept. 20 letter regarding Rep. Chris Smith’s views on important issues, he is especially out of touch on women’s issues.

Smith voted against Equal Pay for Women, voted against the Violence Against Women’s Act, voted to outlaw the birth control pill and voted to block private insurance and flexible spending account money from covering contraception. He also wrote a bill (HR3) to redefine rape to forcible rape, which would decriminalize statutory rape. Drugged and raped, date rape and even incest of children would no longer be rape under Smith’s definition.

Smith is against a women’s right to choose even in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. He voted for fetal personhood, which would ban all oral contraceptives, in-vitro fertilization and stem cell research. It would also criminalize a women’s choice, regardless of the reason.

Incredibly, Smith has not lived in New Jersey for more than 30 years. He is not one of us nor has he shared our collective experience as a community with regard to 9/11, Hurricane Irene or superstorm Sandy. Having not lived through Sandy must be the reason Smith pledged not to support any climate change legislation unless it included a tax break for the biggest polluters, the Koch brothers. It’s nice he helped David Goldman get his son back in 2009, but that does not excuse his attack on women’s basic rights and all the rest.

Robin Nowicki



Anonymous said...

How very wrong this man,Chris Smith, is on women's issues is astounding !
No self respecting woman should give him a serious thought,never mind their vote! Wonder just what age he represents or on what planet he resides .

Mr Smith, it's 2014 not 1950 !!!

Anonymous said...

lol at 'no self respecting woman' given 'no self respecting woman' would vote for either Clinton. Guess there are 'no self respecting women' left...

Anonymous said...

This self respecting woman would indeed vote for either Clinton....this country has not been the same since Bill piloted the economy !!

Bush and Cheney and the rest of the Republican louts never measured up except as liars and war mongers! The only weapons of mass destruction were the two of them !