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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Dear DCCC:

I am writing with regards to your support of Heath Shuler, a “democratic” representative from North Carolina. Shuler, who in the past has demonstrated a fondness for guns, war, and border fences, has also been cited as a democratic cosponsor of H.R. 3. Through the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” Shuler, among other representatives, seeks to further restrict American women from receiving safe, timely, and affordable medical treatment in the case of an unwanted or life-threatening pregnancy. Supporters of this bill claim that it is a part of their on-going movement to protect “life.” Apparently for them, the definition of life is strictly limited to the continued growth of unborn fetuses, and does not include the life and well-being of women who are endangered by their pregnancies or women who cannot afford to take care of a(nother) child; nor, for that matter, does this method of protecting life account for the lives of children beyond the womb. Shuler’s and other pro-life politicians’ commitment to inchoate masses of cells is baffling, considering their unwillingness to provide access to healthcare, family planning, or other resources that improve or maintain quality of life after birth.

In 2010, the DCCC spent $231,112.63 to support Shuler’s reelection in North Carolina. According to your website, “The DCCC is the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way.” It is to the DCCC’s shame that despite its apparently singular status as a supporter of Democratic representatives, candidates such as Shuler who are barely distinguishable from their Republican counterparts are being rewarded with substantive funding from your committee. I know that many members of your committee must also find this funding absurd, because your website’s homepage prominently features a link to a petition entitled “Stop the Republican Assault on Reproductive Rights.” As the petition states, “We can’t stand silent in the face of this Republican assault on women’s health and reproductive rights.” I agree; unfortunately, the blame for this assault cannot be limited to House Republicans. Thus, I encourage you to break your committee’s silence by dissociating yourselves publicly and immediately from representatives such as Shuler, and in the future use funds to support candidates who are Democrats not only in name but also in practice.


Bianca Butler