Elections matter, and 2013 is no exception. Voters in Gig Harbor and Kitsap County face a decision between state Sen. Nathan Schlicher and state Rep. Jan Angel. It’s a clear choice between living up to or abandoning our values.
Angel co-sponsored a bill that would criminalize abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the woman is in danger. HB 1656 also would have made most forms of birth control illegal and could have made it a crime for emergency contraception to be administered to rape victims in the hospital.
Additionally, Angel opposes the Reproductive Parity Act, a needed piece of legislation to ensure women have equal coverage for their health care and the privacy to make medical decisions that are right for them.
In contrast, Schlicher is a dedicated doctor who supports comprehensive insurance coverage for maternity services, birth control and cancer screenings, and believes abortion should remain safe and legal. Most important, he is an expert in patient care who understands that personal health care decisions should not be made by politicians.
Planned Parenthood health centers last year in Pierce and Kitsap saw more than 17,000 individual patients for a wide range of essential services. Consider that 17,000 reasons for why Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest has chosen to endorse Schlicher.
We need representatives who understand that women, not politicians, are in the best position to make decisions about their health care. Simply put: Schlicher gets it, and he deserves your vote.
(Rose is CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.)