Letter: Congressman Tom Reed shows he’s not a caring leader

By Josei Zanfordino, Ithaca


I called Congressman Tom Reed’s office and asked if it is was true that he recently voted to defund Planned Parenthood. His aide said that he did sign HR 7 the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure of 2017.
This law is intended to make abortion unavailable for all but the wealthiest of women, those who do not depend on health insurance!
So I wonder … On his website, Tom Reed claims to be a caring leader. Here, he is defunding the very agency that does more than any other to prevent unwanted pregnancies by providing contraceptives and family planning services.
We will all suffer the consequences of this act. By cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood he, not only takes disproportional aim at poor women and women with health insurance, but also hurts local homeowners whose property taxes will go up when people turn to an emergency room for their health care needs. This is our caring leader. I wonder who he is caring for?
This is not Making America Great Again. It is turning us back to a very dark time when many women were relegated to the back alleys and shadows. NO!!