This shouldn’t be surprising. Still, I have somehow managed to watch the onslaught against the reproductive rights of women without becoming completely cynical. So, when Amadi posted the response she received after writing to her state representative, I was a bit shocked.
Today, I received an oversized manilla envelope from Rep. Readshaw. Inside was a printout of HB 1077, a printout of some database’s information about me, indicating where I live, that I’m not the head of the household (why/how it knows this I do not know) and a few other things about me, like ethnicity, that no elected official should or needs to know. I’m going to have to get to the bottom of that.
Not content to make it blatantly clear that he had violated Amadi’s privacy, he went on to violate his daughter’s in the letter.
HE JUST DISCLOSED HIS DAUGHTER’S PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION IN AN EFFORT TO JUSTIFY HIS SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND GENERAL ANTI-CHOICE POSITION.
Sorry for shouting, no, actually, I’m not. I am beyond disbelief that he believes that this woman’s personal pain, her private information, her reproductive status is fair game to be bandied around like this, to be used to score political points, as a gotcha at me. She can’t have babies and I want to KILL THEM! What kind of person am I that I could possibly support other people having autonomy over their own reproduction when she doesn’t have any?
Then he went after Amadi’s again.
One last note, remember when I said that in the envelope with the letter was a printout of some database’s information about me? Check out the last line again:
Congratulations on your voting record it is very good!
I’m going to presume that there is some database that shows how many times I’ve voted since I registered in 1991. (The answer is “twice a year, every year, or 42 times thus far.) But why is he looking that up before sending me a letter in response to me writing to him? Why is it germane? Why is it his business? Why is it legal? Do I not get a letter if I don’t vote or vote often enough for his tastes? I’m going to be looking into this too, I assure you.
So, who would think it was okay to behave like this, to dig into and share private data when talking about legislation–in what should be a discussion about the public good? Pennsylvania State Representative Harry Readshaw, co-sponsor of Pennsylvania’s forced-penetration-before-abortion bill.
As I said, I shouldn’t be shocked.
Go read all of Amadi’s post. There’s plenty more there on the topic of the bill. If Readshaw is your representative, let him know what you think of the bill and his behavior. If you have an interest in the privacy of the general citizenry, raise a stink about this. Never forget that this isn’t about “babies”. It’s about control, and your privacy is a tiny price for someone else to pay to gain control.