Letter: Peter Roskam, Todd Akin Are 'Birds of a Feather'

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Don’t be fooled!  Peter Roskam and Todd Akin are birds of a feather.  We may be appalled by Akin’s ridiculous claims about legitimate rape not resulting in pregnancy, but both Roskam and Akin are of the same mind when it comes to women, women’s rights and women’s health.  Peter Roskam is a proud co-sponsor of HR 3, which redefines rape to narrow a woman’s right to choose.  Both Roskam & Akin would like to redefine to separate so-called “forcible rape” from statutory rape.  As our President said, “rape is rape.”  Gentlemen, do you really want to legitimize rape that results from adults taking advantage of vulnerable, underage children?  Shame on you Peter Roskam!
If you are skeptical, just look at Roskam’s voting record on women’s issues. Roskam voted against HR 2831, the Equal Pay Act that would designate that unequal payment based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability is a new violation with each payment.  He voted against S 181, the Employment Discrimination Law that requires that employers be able to prove that any disparities in pay between male and female employees are job-related (Sec. 3) and that prohibits employer retaliation against employees who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own wage or that of another employee. He also voted for amendment 95 to HR 1 that prohibits use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood – never mind that the main business of Planned Parenthood is to provide critical health care and cancer screening for millions of women who otherwise would not have access.
But hey, Peter Roskam did vote for HR 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act that prohibits abortions based on the race or gender of the fetus.  I guess he believes in equality of the sexes until a baby is born.  Then all bets are off – especially if you were born female!
If the women of District 6 would wise up and see Peter Roskam for the anti-female congressman that he is, they would vote for one of their own – Leslie Coolidge.  Remember, this vote is not just for today’s women, but to ensure a safe, healthy and prosperous future for our daughters as well.
Dianne Kennedy

Elmhurst, IL

Jim McMahon August 27, 2012 at 05:32 PM
When I heard that term "legitimate rape" I assumed he was talking about women who were actually assaulted, not the women who falsely accused someone or rape and then later recanted the story. Thousands of men have been cleared of rape charges that were originally accused by women who have mental health problems or made it up for some other reason. Women who are victims of "legitimate rape" meaning it actually occurred, deserve the right to have an abortion. Women who become pregnant by spousal rape do not always chose to abort. Its a complicated issue for many people but what do I know I'm just a man.
Steve Woodward August 27, 2012 at 05:36 PM
HR 3, which passed 251-175 (with 16 Democrats among the 251) in 2011, addresses prohibiting the use of taxpayers' dollars by the federal government to pay for abortion, and limiting the tax deductibility of certain insurance costs when abortion is elected. The bill does not infringe on a "woman's right to choose".
Polly August 27, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Here are the facts: the version of the bill that Peter Roskam co-sponsored included the "forcible rape" language. That means that this bill would prohibit the parents of a teenager impregnated by a persuasive (but not violent) man from using Medicaid or their own health savings account to pay for her abortion. You think that does not infringe on a woman's right to choose? The "forcible rape" language was removed from the version of the bill that ultimately passed. This version was NOT co-sponsored by Roskam. Apparently if you take out the "forcible rape" clause, he's not interested in co-sponsoring anymore because it's not limiting enough. He believes that no abortion should be permitted under any circumstances. That continues his personal War on Women.
Jim McMahon August 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Medicaid is tax payer money, not using tax payer money has been the law for many years. For all the money abortionist make why can't they offer FREE services on the rare occasion this happens.
Patricia August 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM
It is time women took responsibility for their "right to choose" decisions. This is indeed between a woman and her God. BUT as a taxpayer, I should have a right to choose not to pay for the procedure. It seems sinful and barbaric that my government should pay for a woman's "right to choose" and resultant carnage. What about the unborns' "right to choose???? P.S. Planned Parenthood should be replaced by Obamacare.... ie, annual exams including cancer screening...
John Mihas August 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Jim good to see that you are an expert on rape issues.
Jim McMahon August 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
If you only knew.
Lisa Bucaro August 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I for one, am proud to be a wife and mother living in Peter Roskam's district. Congressman Roskam has been unfailing in his dedication to women's rights. He was recently named one of the top member of Congress by Working Women Magazine when it comes to his efforts on behalf of not only working women, but all working parents. He is upstanding and forthright and has been a proven leader in Congress on issues that men AND women care about: like the economy. Disagree completely with this "War on Women" nonsense. Stop trying to put me in a box and assume you know what I care about. "Women's Issues" includes the economy, and Coolidge is not the right choice to get our economy back on track.
Dan F. August 31, 2012 at 02:43 AM
When someone says they're a VP at an IT start up, they usually tape themselves at the CFA drive through making a fool of themselves instead of writing a letter to Patch..
Palatine Person September 06, 2012 at 04:10 AM
If the issue is tax dollars - I don't want mine going for Viagra or Cialis either.
Nancy Jones September 06, 2012 at 02:47 PM
That's for sure!! Geez. Grow up men and get over yourselves!


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