DeLis­sio has fought for women’s rights

The Review - - OBITUARIES - — Cole Mur­ray, Willem McGlough­lin and Oriol Graña-Gar­riga, J.R. Master­man School stu­dents

To the Ed­i­tor:

As Pamela DeLis­sio, Penn­syl­va­nia rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the 194th Dis­trict, be­gins her new term, we would like to ex­press a few of our opin­ions on her ac­tions as state rep­re­sen­ta­tive for our dis­trict and pro­pose a few pos­si­ble ac­tions for the near fu­ture.

First, we ap­pre­ci­ate her strides sup­port­ing women’s rights. We be­lieve that the is­sue of women’s rights is a timely and con­tested one. DeLis­sio’s work in the Penn­syl­va­nia Gen­eral Assem­bly helps many women across the com­mon­wealth to stay safe and in con­trol of their bod­ies in an in­creas­ingly big­oted Amer­ica. Through her vot­ing record, Delis­sio has demon­strated a solid stance on the is­sue of abor­tion. Ever since she was first elected to the House, she has con­sis­tently voted pro-choice. For ex­am­ple, she voted against HB 1977 and HB 818, which lim­ited cov­er­age of abor­tions in in­sur­ance plans.

We also sup­port her vote to pass SB 261, in­creas­ing the statute of lim­i­ta­tions for vic­tims of sex­ual abuse. Re­cent devel­op­ments such as the Ka­vanaugh hear­ings have shown us that many times, vic­tims of sex­ual abuse do not come for­ward un­til many years later, and it is just as im­por­tant for their voices to be heard whether the crime hap­pened last week or years ago.

An­other way she has shown her care for women is through her vote to pass HB 2060, which re­quires the sur­ren­der of firearms in pro­tec­tion abuse sit­u­a­tions. In 2010, it was re­ported by the Huff­in­g­ton Post that 85 per­cent of do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims in the United States are women, so the pass­ing of this bill shows her con­cern for the well-be­ing of the women of Penn­syl­va­nia, and we hope that she con­tin­ues to fight for women’s rights in the Penn­syl­va­nia Gen­eral Assem­bly and beyond.

Al­though she has voted for some gun leg­is­la­tion in the past, we be­lieve that she has not gone far enough. Gun vi­o­lence is some­thing we all have been af­fected by. As stu­dents, we fear not only school shoot­ings but also vi­o­lence on the streets. Gun vi­o­lence is not a Penn­syl­va­nia spe­cific is­sue, but she has the power to do some­thing about it in our state. We would like for her to push for harsher gun laws so that this sort of vi­o­lence can­not hap­pen. We sug­gest push­ing for laws to in­crease penal­ties on il­le­gal pos­ses­sion and sale of firearms of all sizes so that guns stay out of the hands of the peo­ple who would do the most dam­age.

The po­si­tion of a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive does not re­ceive much pub­lic at­ten­tion. It is im­por­tant, how­ever, to stay in­formed about the ac­tions of those who rep­re­sent us. We hope that by read­ing this, you are bet­ter in­formed about Pamela DeLis­sio’s ac­tions as Penn­syl­va­nia House rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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