Friday, May 29, 2015

my question for Governor Brian Sandoval

Relationships can tell us a lot about a person. They give us clues into where a person's loyalty lies and what is truly important to the individual.

This is especially true in the world of politics.

I remembered hearing last election cycle that Governor Sandoval had endorsed a Planned Parenthood employee in a race in northern Nevada. I remembered being incredibly disappointed. But that's all I remembered.

And then last night this memory resurfaced and I decided to look into it a bit more. After all, the biggest opposition to the parental notification bill, AB405, is in fact Planned Parenthood.

The moment I began to search online for Governor Brian Sandoval's endorsement of a Planned Parenthood employee, an extremely familiar name popped up and with it, an extremely familiar connection.

The person Governor Sandoval endorsed in the Reno City Council race in 2014 was Elisa Cafferata.

Elisa Cafferata is the current President and CEO of Nevada Advocates of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. She is a Nevada lobbyist for Planned Parenthood. That was her position in 2014 when Governor Sandoval endorsed her and that is her current position today.

Cafferata basically represents the opposition to AB405. She was the first person to testify at the hearing on Monday, May 25 in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. It is her organization that has flooded facebook and twitter with all sorts of opposition to the bill. It is her organization that is soliciting for donations to mobilize activists to make phone calls and appear at the legislature. It is her organization that is hell-bent on killing AB405.

It is Elisa Cafferata and Nevada Advocates of Planned Parenthood Affiliates who is spear-heading the opposition to AB405.

How incredibly interesting that she was endorsed by the Governor of this state who, in 2013, campaigned in support of parental notification laws.

And now, all of a sudden, he's become quite silent on the issue. The only statement he's made regarding AB405 is that he would consider it if it gets to his desk. And based on the evidence, it would seem members of his party are trying their hardest to keep this bill from even getting a vote, let alone passing and making it's way to his desk.

One has to wonder, what is the relationship here? The connections cannot be denied and the people deserve to know: is Planned Parenthood influencing the very legislators who ran on conservative pro-life values? When we elect politicians into office who say they are Republicans and who claim to be conservative, we expect them to vote that way (I am speaking of course of the GOP Senators. We all know that Sandoval has never claimed to be pro-life; only that he did support parental notification). We will not tolerate when those same politicians bow to big abortion and sacrifice the good of the people for their own political gain. We will remember come next election cycle.

My question to you Governor Sandoval is this: has your relationship with Elisa Cafferata impacted your stance on AB405 and subsequently the actions of the senators in your party who have resolved to kill this bill?

Once, you stood with parents and you supported our rights, specifically our right to be notified. Once, you stood with the overwhelming majority of Americans who support parental involvement when a minor seeks an abortion. But as of late, it seems as if your loyalty no longer remains with the parents and the vast majority of voters in this state. From where I stand, it's looking as though your loyalties may be with the extreme position on this measure.

Which is it? The people deserve to know what is going on behind closed doors.