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September 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Reproductive rights: Praise for the Seattle City Council

As someone who moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Seattle five years ago I was disappointed, though not shocked, to read the article “Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period” [Nation & World, Sept. 11].

I am proud, however, that Seattle City Council members voted unanimously in support of repealing the Hyde Amendment’s ban on federal funding for abortions. The council is sending this message to Congress and the Obama administration. Seattle will be the sixth city to take a stand against Hyde.

More than 41 years ago it was ruled that women have the right to choose if and when we have children. But what good is a right if one can’t exercise it? Hyde has blocked countless low-income women, Native American women and servicewomen from obtaining full reproductive care. Women cannot truly have control over our bodies and destinies until Hyde and other erosions to reproductive freedom are repealed — mandatory waiting periods, invasive sonograms, unscientific clinic requirements, and the undermining of access to contraception and prenatal care.

Thanks to the Seattle City Council as well as the many unnamed women and men who have been part of making this victory happen.

Hilary Bowker, Seattle

Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: Hyde Amendment, Kansas City, Mo.

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