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Dear GOP: Will You Help Me Raise My Baby?

A letter of concern to the G.O.P.,

Dear GOP,

My name is Claire, Lilly Ledbetter’s friend. I’m 24 and work in a male dominated profession. I just found out I’m pregnant and know that if I vote for your party, there’s a great chance that abortions will be banned in my state.

I suppose you want me to vote for you and that’s why I’m writing. I know you want me to agree to saying “no” to an abortion but I struggle with that.

A big part of my struggle is related to the disparity in wages between my male colleagues and me and I know I’m not alone.  You see, in an ideal world, if I were to say “no” to an abortion, I would be left with the responsibility of raising the child. That means diapers, child care, nutritious food, car seats, doctor’s visits, taking unpaid days off when the baby is sick, and of course, saving for the future.

Perhaps you think that I should’ve thought of all of that before I got pregnant. Just so you know, I was on birth control at the time but something went wrong. That said, I’m a responsible person and want to do the right thing.

I would gladly agree to no abortion, but first I need equal pay. Equal pay would allow me to financially care for this child in a responsible way. Although you say you won’t repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Act, you didn’t support it while it made its way through Congress.

Equal pay and reproductive health care go hand in hand for me – they’re core concerns for me because they affect my daily life.

All in all, I’m a little confused about what you truly stand for. There’s a part of me that wonders if you would like all women to be stay at home moms raising children the traditional way? If that’s the case, you’ll still have me to deal with: unemployed, single and raising a child.

 

Sincerely,

Claire.

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Mark Burnham November 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Dear Claire, It seems you have addressed your concerns to the wrong party. Especially the part where you bemoan that "the big part of my struggle is related to the disparity in wages between my male colleagues and me". As you know our current President is Democrat Barack Obama. If you are TRULY concerned about equal pay perhaps you should contact your commander in chief who has reversed recent gains (see George Bush's more progressive policies on women on his staff and their pay) in equal pay and seems to view fewer women as worthy of positions in his own administration.. especially higher ranking positions. The article below will help itemize Obama's policies which have regressed the equal pay for both genders cause and details the far fewer women that our president has hired relative to past GOP administrations. The bottom line is Obama has been unfriendly to women as it relates to your concerns. He might be a good place to start with your concerns. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/oct/17/obamas-record-mixed-hiring-women/
Rev. Reid Hankins November 01, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Claire, You might consider contacting the Pregnancy Resource Center of Marin for assistance: http://www.prcmarin.org/
Anne November 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Is this a joke? Put your baby up for adoption and go back to school!
Howard Blum November 02, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Geez, Repubicans did not support the Ledbetter Act for equal pay for women and fought mightily against it. It passed and Obama signed it as his first act as President.v And here some fool suffering from terminal myopia is somehow trying to blame Obama for the adverse situation for equal pay. Pull your head out of your a** dude.
Bob Ratto November 02, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Claire In regards to your education, please try to understand what the Ledbetter act is about, as the Act is about timely filing of lawsuits, and not equal pay for equal work, which is the law.
Steve November 02, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Howard, I quite agree with you. That was such an inane reply to the valid concerns regarding national social policies raised in the letter to the GOP. He is basically saying that she should vote for the party that would ban abortions and keep women underpaid relative to men because the right wing contends that George Bush treated women better in the White House than Obama. Such logic shows the lack of empathy that Republicans have for issues of concern to women. No wonder they have lost the vote of most women. The fact is that Obama supports the issues that are crucial to women (and men) and that is why he will be re-elected despite the hyperventilation that is exhibited in his retort.
Mark Burnham November 05, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Howie! Goodness gracious.. with the language and the name calling... oh my! Wonderful to hear that Barry signed the Ledbetter Act.. perhaps he would be wise to implement hiring/pay policies in his own admin that follow the spirit of equal pay and opportunity that it espouses. Barry's record in his administration with women is piss poor and our whiny friend "Claire" should take it up with our current president as I stated clearly to her. Or is the "Messiah's" administration exempt from hiring/paying women fairly and equally as previous GOP admins have done far more succesfully? Lots of talk with the Dems and the rights and respect for women. Obama doesn't walk the walk with his own admin and the last Democratic Prez in D.C. was cheating on his wife in the Oval Office and using a 23 yr old intern as a cigar case. Hoodwinked Howie and the Hypocritical H-Left (last H was on me)!
Susan Clark November 05, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Claire, Maybe the father of your baby should step up. If not ,maybe you should reconsider unprotected sex instead of relying on big governement to burden us tax payers with your flukiness.
Wire November 05, 2012 at 03:47 AM
You want equal pay raise your rates or have your competitors drop theirs. Raley's have job openings.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 03:00 PM
"Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ See if there is a clear winner to our Presidential Election 2012. Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green), to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Wire November 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Go after the dead beat daddy! Toss him in jail! If President Romney does over turn your choice of birth control by his choice of two Supreme Court Judges, I bet Gov. Brown will take care of your fatherless child. Vote as if your body parts depends on it then.
Oldie November 06, 2012 at 12:23 AM
A lot of fire regarding a phony letter. A diminutive issue this election.
Marv Cantwell November 06, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Lets let the government take care of us all. Its too hard to stand on our own and make real life decisions. Vote for the real reason to have Romney or Obama. How ignorant to believe that Romney wants you barefoot and pregnant. How ignorant to believe that Obama cares who you are unless you are voting for him. Obama care will bankrupt the country, read it. you dont think you will be taxed more? Where do you really think that money comes from? Why do people focus on tax returns, when Obama has transcripts sealed? I dont believe Romney is the answer. But Obama will not have to run for re-election. He will be able to do things we may not like with out the thought of what we think. Remember his open mike comment... TO a comunist. Just think, Nothing else just think.
Steven Norwin November 06, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Dear Gupta phd, are you moonlighting for the Obama campaign?
Wire November 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Please return to your destroyed homeland of "England", as this country was the only HOPE in the world, that the not so free try to break into. All you need to see is why South Americans have overrun the Southern border. our friend to the North is not running to America. All of the America's have free election but we are where everybody wants to live.
Bonnie November 06, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Claire, I respect your thoughts but honestly is not a good reason, why you don't want to have your baby, first if you really didn't want to get pregnant, exist a lot of methods to avoid it, second don't open your legs and to finished with my comment you can give your baby in adoption. believe me there are many women who wish to have children and please don't kill your own child
Wire November 07, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The Dr. of PhD Neuroscience, MFT in Petaluma and Marin has steered the crab pot. So flipping burgers and your mother babysitting with WIC will support your child. If you are lucky to get a college loan our President Obama will and has lowered your new loan by three percent points, he has stopped your investment in your retirement on SSI, this by forty dollars a month so you can buy a tank of fuel today a half a tank of fuel from four years ago. I do like these three brave men that has fathered babies some babies. Mail on line: Tennessee's deadbeat dads: The three men who have fathered 78 children with 46 different women... and they're not paying child support to any of them so who should support this? Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2159476/Tennessees-deadbeat-dads-The-men-81-children-46-different-women--theyre-paying-child-support-them.html#ixzz2BUkNXvtX Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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