In her latest message to supporters, Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis, says the recent debate, or lack of debate, on birth control in the Missouri House and Speaker of the House Steve Tilley's decision to put Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians are indications that the war on women is well underway.
After being “silenced” and not allowed to speak during a 3 hour debate on birth control on the House floor, I recently filed a bill limiting men’s access to vasectomies. HB1853 would place the same government oversight to men that the Missouri legislature routinely places on women’s on private reproductive health decisions.
In the past two weeks since Rush Limbaugh mentioned my bill on air, I’ve had an overwhelming response from women and men - not only in Missouri, but all over the country, even Canada! As my efforts spread via national media, voters are thanking me for standing up to the constant barrage of anti-women bills that we consistently debate in committee or on the House floor.
I am just as committed to pushing back against “voter suppression” efforts in Missouri.
Unconstitutional voter ID bills are filed each year even though over 250,000 current Missouri voters – the elderly, disabled, working poor, students, women & minorities of color would be suppressed. This has become a nationwide effort since November 2008 but why? These groups simply don’t “vote right”. They also cite that pesky myth of “voter fraud” from machine gun gangster days of 1936 – the only documented case the GOP can find.
AND to top it all off, Speaker Steven Tilley wants to honor Rush Limbaugh by adding his bust in the State Capitol – regardless of the radio host’s recent sexist inflammatory tirades. The anti-woman/anti-minority sentiment is prevalent throughout the legislature and I’m beyond outraged.
In addition to these fights, I serve on the new statewide Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children and am advancing legislation to create a new Equal Pay Commission, working closely with Attorney General Chris Koster (which passed unanimously out of commmittee).
I need your help to continue being vocal as I face re-election in 2012. I fully expect opponents in the primary August 7 and in the general election November 6. Neither will stop me.
GOP bills are becoming more and more outrageous and extreme. The flat-out attack on access to birth control and voting rights is clearly insulting to the mass majority. Those fights happened over 50 years ago and don’t we have more important issues facing us today?
You can help me, as the House Progressive Caucus chair, keep fighting this insanity and continue working for real progress. We are in a shameless season of intolerance – enough is enough.
Your $25, $50, $100 or even $250 will help me remain in the legislature.
Please visit www.StaceyNewman.com today and donate easily online via ActBlue. You may also contribute directly to Stacey Newman for State Representative, 6340 Clayton Rd #206, St. Louis, MO 63117.
I need you to help me continue my voice on behalf of justice and equality – in the workplace, the voting booth and particularly for women and families throughout the state.
I refuse to sit idly by.