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Why Abortion is a Human and Constitutional Right

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Honorable [Last Name of Elected Official]:

My name is [insert your name], and I live in your district. When it comes to abortion, I believe [insert your personal beliefs (if desired)]. Regardless of my personal beliefs and opinions, I know that safe access to abortion is fundamental human right, and is protected by Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution, as well as the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 13th and 14th amendments. I also know that forced pregnancy laws are considered a crime against humanity, and result in increased mental and emotional trauma for women and men, increased poverty, increased single-parent homes, increased homelessness, increased child abuse, and many other issues that impact the entire community.

As a constituent in your district, I'm asking you to read this document, and take action to protect and honor the human rights, reproductive rights, and constitutional rights of America's daughters, mothers, wives, aunts, nieces and best friends.

I would also like to be informed of how you plan to address this issue.


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How we share our opinions on important topics can impact our relationships with others.

Blaming, shaming, name-calling and fear tactics are often not effective. In fact, they can also be considered a form of oppression against another human being.

"You shouldn't have an abortion. People who have an abortion are murderers and sinners. You should rot in hell or prison."

"People that oppose abortion in the case of rape or incest are fascist devils! You should be tried for treason! Your son or daughter should get raped, so you know how it feels!"

Importantly, the oppressive communication style doesn't provide dignity or respect to the listener; It only allows for the speaker to communicate their personal opinion and negative feelings. In many ways, the listener has been "dehumanized", and relationships are likely to be damaged as a result.

Human First communication honors and respects the humanity of the speaker and the listener. This style uses "I" statements, and comes from personal experience. It's an opportunity to share deeper personal feelings, and in fact, create a relationship with someone, even if there is a disagreement.

"I don't personally support abortion because I truly believe that conception is a miracle. When I think about abortion, it makes me feel sad because I can see the potential for human life, and what good can come from it. Truth be told, I really wish no one would have an abortion."

"I support abortion because my sister was raped. I saw how much pain it caused, and how it hurt her physically, mentally and emotionally. She couldn't eat, she couldn't go to work. She lost her job. Eventually she decided to get an abortion and her life turned around. Today she has an amazing family with two beautiful children she chose to have with someone she loves. When I hear people oppose abortion, it feels like they want my sister and other rape victims to suffer. I never want anyone else to have to go through the pain my sister went through."

In this style, the person has conveyed their feelings, and the reason why. It's not confrontational and allows the listener to see things from the communicator's perspective, whether or not they agree. Importantly, it demonstrates dignity and respect for both the communicator and the listener.


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