Zavoral Questions Ripp’s Voting Record

by Free Speech on September 21, 2010

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According to the Center for Disease Control, the United States has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the western industrialized world.  Education that includes the topics of abstinence and contraception are widely taught in the European countries that have some of the lowest rates of teen pregnancy and abortions.  It is also a fact that a teenage pregnancy more often leads to a lifetime of poverty for both the mother and child, and some estimates of the cost to the United States is up to 7 Billion annually.

Assemblyman Keith Ripp from the 47th district voted against The Healthy Youth Act (AB458) last January.  At the Columbia County Fair this summer, I asked Mr. Ripp why he voted against this legislation.  His response was that he had not heard much from the community about this bill.  I do not know if this response is part of the Republican play book, but I remember our former assemblyman Eugene Hahn using the same response as a reason to vote for or against legislation.  Mr. Ripp’s answer to my question reflects one of two things.  He does not have a well though out answer or he just goes along with the far right wing of the Republican voting block.  Either way, I believe we should reject Keith Ripp in the upcoming election in favor of Trish O’Neil.  When you ask Trish a question about issues that are important to our district she always has a very well thought out answer reflecting deep thought and research of the topic.

Joan Zavoral
Lodi, Wisconsin

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