Letter: Hypocrisy should not be overlooked



I’m writing regarding Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s, R-Camas, voting hypocrisy. The Dec. 12 story “Herrera Beutler brings daughter home to Camas” reports Herrera Beutler’s baby girl spent months in the hospital, as the public is aware of hospital costs like this have to be well over a million dollars. Looking at her record of voting, she voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at every opportunity.

While her child was in the womb she was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, yet Herrera Beutler voted to prohibit federal funds to Planned Parenthood, a service low-income women rely on for all of their reproductive needs.

The diagnosis received was previously considered fatal, but Herrera Beutler underwent an experimental treatment. I’m going to estimate that perhaps 75 percent of insured women would not get the same benefit of “experimental treatment” as private insurers most likely do not cover experimental treatment. Without the option of experimental treatment a pregnant woman would most likely be told to abort, but yet again Herrera Beutler voted to take away the option of abortion when she voted “yea” on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Does anyone not see the hypocrisy this woman has shown throughout her pregnancy or childbirth?

Kim Maddaluna