In recent months, the issue of abortion has become a prominent topic of debate in the political landscape.
After a wave of anti-abortion bills swept across the United States, supporters voiced their endorsement for them to cover more ground in the U.S. As expected, detractors voiced their disapproval, and they criticized the legislations for being an attack on women and reproductive rights.
In response, pro-Life groups have championed the recently introduced Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
With it, comes constituent involvement.
A constituent that Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) represents directed a letter to her, asking Rep. Murcasel-Powell to “support this common sense and bipartisan bill.”
In Mucarsel-Powell’s response, she expressed that “reproductive health choices are deeply personal in nature” to her as a lawmaker, but she made it clear that “these choices should rest with the woman, her physician, and the family and friends she chooses to consult.”
Elaborating on her views, the freshman Florida Rep. detailed that “this bill unnecessarily places politicians between a person and their doctor.”
So, “if this bill becomes a law, obstetricians and pediatricians would be forced to deviate from their best medical judgement and administer futile and painful treatment against the wishes of the parents, under the threat of criminal or civil litigation.”
Moreover, Mucarsel-Powell explained that “if this bill becomes law, it will cause additional pain and suffering to families whose infant has severe health conditions and only hours or days to live.” In turn, “with these bills, anti-abortion politicians are threatening the ability for parents to choose compassionate care that works with their family and faith.”
As the conversation continues and views continue to be discussed, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell assures her congressional district that she will do her best “to represent the views of my constituents in the House of Representatives.”