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Walking in a 10-year-old girl’s shoes


Here is what Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick said following the overturn of settled law granting the right of a female person to decide if her pregnancy is wanted or dangerous, as quoted in Newsweek magazine:

“As state legislatures across America begin to consider legislation on this extremely sensitive topic in response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs, I urge all state legislatures to always start from a place of empathy and compassion,” Fitzpatrick said, in a statement following the release of the court’s decision.

“Any legislative consideration must start with the process of seeing the world through other people’s eyes, and walking the world in other people’s shoes. Any legislative consideration must always seek to achieve bipartisan consensus that both respects a woman’s privacy and autonomy, and also respects the sanctity of human life. These principles are not mutually exclusive; both can and must be achieved.”

When Rep. Fitzpatrick had a chance to live up to these words of compassion and empathy he, along with the rest of his Republican colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted against The Women’s Health Protection Act in September 2021.

His words are laudable, but his actions betray unshakeable ties to the extremists i, who view the heartbreaking actions of a 10-year-old girl, who was impregnated by rape, as a crime, who call for punishing anyone who actually showed compassion and empathy for this girl, and who disrespect the sanctity of this girl’s life, a life that will forever be marked by the indelible horror of the memory of her experience.

Brian Fitzpatrick does not walk in a world anything close to what she has had to endure.

Joe Sundeen, Lower Makefield