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I submitted the following question to the absent Congressman Shimkus at the recent town hall meeting. As a woman who has worked my entire adult life to achieve equality for women, I am appalled at the Republican agenda on women's issues. The Republicans consistently vote against fair and equal pay and employment laws banning discrimination against women. They have proposed thousands of bills and passed many at the state and federal levels aimed at controlling women's healthcare and reproductive decisions taking away the right to privacy to make our own decisions. Congressman Shimkus votes for the Republican agenda on those issues. He recently made headlines at a Congressional hearing in which he said that men should not have to pay health insurance for prenatal care for women because it does not affect men. Really? Healthy babies and mothers do not affect fathers? The Shimkus voting record shows that he votes against women 82% of the time. Congressman Shimkus, how do you justify your votes on issues pertaining to women?

Bonnie Buckley, Charleston

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