Melanie DuPont is a ‘hero’ for supporting Reproductive Health Act

Melanie DuPont is a ‘hero’ for supporting Reproductive Health Act

I am writing in response to the Jan. 31 news that Rep. Constantino called the police on his constituent after she testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in support of the Reproductive Health Act.

We are living in a world in which men expect women to accept a well-over 20 per 100,000 risk of death from pregnancy – nearly 50 per 100,000 for black women – without access to the life-saving medical care provided by abortion – but in this same world, suggesting that men and women should be treated equally by the medical establishment is understood by men as a threat on their life.

Men like Rep. Constantino would simply not know how to survive if they had to face the pain, the risk, and the suffering of a pregnancy. Melanie DuPont, on the other hand, is a hero for laying bare the hypocrisy and fragility of men like Rep. Constantino.

Mikaila Mariel 
Lemonik Arthur

Providence