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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM

State lawmakers debate Reproductive Parity Act

Committee stacked against choice

In a column on Senate Health Care Chairwoman Randi Becker’s decision to shelve the Reproductive Parity Act [“Randi Becker stalls bill, goes against Washington’s tradition of supporting abortion rights,” seattletimes.com/opinionNW, April 2], Thanh Tan, who otherwise lauds the concept of power-sharing in the Senate, states, “This isn’t the decision of the committee. It’s Becker’s. She should own it.”

Actually, it is the decision of the committee — which is stacked with anti-choice Republicans in a pro-choice state. It’s a decision those cheerleading the Senate takeover, including The Seattle Times and Tan, own as much as Becker.

Sen. Rodney Tom’s takeover created a Senate profoundly hostile to values the majority of Washingtonians hold dear, whether on the environment, labor, transit or women’s rights. The Times cannot eat its cake and have it too.

— Brendan Williams, Olympia

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