My Uterus – a Look Back

Wouldn’t you know that during the year after my hysterectomy, public discussion of the uterus is more popular than ever?

Despite my lack of a uterus and ovaries, I don’t feel particularly left out. Jim and I felt early on that one kid was plenty and that my anatomy did not mean I had to have many children. We were always extremely careful about birth control, stopped using it when we were ready to have a child, had a child, returned to mandatory birth control use and then Jim had a vasectomy when we were sure we were ready for that. We made those plans and we retained control of the size of our family and of our reproductive health.

At the same time, while birth control no longer impacts me directly, I have always very strongly believed that individuals must have easy access to birth control, Plan B, and abortion. So I will continue to stand with women across the country who must fight the state to retain their rights to unimpeded birth control and abortion.

I didn’t wake up one morning and decide “I think I’ll get rid of my uterus and ovaries so I’ll never need to worry about them again.” I’d had a few rounds of ovarian cysts that got progressively more painful and led to multiple surgeries. In fact, when the cysts came back again when I was 51, I switched to a new gynecologist whenever I was told “You should have a hysterectomy.” After all, I was well into perimenopause, and menopause itself tends to stop ovarian cysts from reoccurring. But, at 55, I was still having painful periods and then got quite sick. So I was more than ready to say “Enough, I’ll finally have a hysterectomy.” It was my decision. My choice. I had the surgery because I was ready for it.

Women should always be able to make their own decisions about their reproductive health care, something that is no longer true in states like Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Oklahoma…the list goes on.

If you look up information about hysterectomies online, you’ll read all kinds of information, some of it quite scary. Women are different, and the age you have a hysterectomy makes a huge difference. Since I was 55, my ovaries were already making less estrogen. Since I have a history of endometriosis and am a DES daughter, I could not consider going on hormone replacement therapy after the surgery. I admit, I was a little concerned about that, even though I’ve never been a “girly girl” type. Would a hysterectomy create more problems than it would fix?

While I had some problems post-op (an infected ovary led to an infection that migrated to the surgical wound which required all kinds of extra treatment (but, luckily, no additional hospitalization)), I recovered pretty rapidly. I felt I was about 95% back to normal within 6 weeks of surgery. Jim and I went to Chicon and while I couldn’t carry much, I walked a lot and had some great meals out.

A year post-op, I feel pretty good. I lost and regained 20 pounds, so I weigh about the same I had for the last couple of years. My weight “realigned” a little – my skin is a little looser, my breasts are a little smaller and so on. I’m walking a little over 2 miles a day (I’ve walked over 1,000 miles since early 2012 when I increased my walking and started using MapMyWalk to track my activity). But the frequent pelvic pain and all that extra bleeding is gone and I generally feel better. I still have a horrible case of insomnia, so I’m exhausted much of the time and my concentration is so-so – the hysterectomy had no impact on that at all.

So, do I talk a little about sex? A hysterectomy impacts a woman’s sex life in many ways. The issue here is that while I may want to be very open about how I feel about sex, I’m part of a longtime couple, and Jim is not fond of TMI-type discussions because they involve him too, and I do respect his privacy. A hysterectomy has to impact your sexual response over the short term because of scar tissue, the lack of a uterus, lack of estrogen…but, after a few months, if you take sex very easy (think of any kind of physical rehab), it can be as good as before. Sex is slightly different for me, but really not that much. My advice is don’t panic during the first couple of months about sex after a hysterectomy, but if you have severe pain, go see your doctor. In general, if you had a positive attitude/experience about sex pre-surgery, you’ll make adjustments and have a positive attitude/experience afterwards.

Support from family and friends after any major surgery was extremely helpful. I was very moved to get many messages from folks online after my surgery. I was very active in an online forum called Hystersisters for a few months which is for women who are having/have had hysterectomies. I had some mixed feelings about the forum. Most of the information they gave was accurate and practical, and sharing posts with other women who were pretty-much home-bound for a few weeks about their experiences was good. But…it was cutesy in places (“pamper the princess” – UGH), they tended to be overly cautious on activity and there’s some odd group-think that goes on among the leaders. With those cautions, I do recommend that hysterectomy patients check out the forum to see if it’s helpful to them.

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Fighting the Rapislators

Did you know that we now live in a country where some of the states are now legislating state-sponsored rape while gagging doctors’ ability to provide actual medical advice?

Here is the FBI definition of rape (1/2012)

“The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

In Ohio, legislation that Republicans have passed mandate that women have an ultrasound (which is not medically necessary for an early abortion) with a vaginal probe (ditto).

I don’t know about you, but I would observe that a state mandating an unnecessary test that includes a vaginal probe is the state raping the woman symbolically. It’s meant to make abortions more difficult, impeding women of their right to have an abortion if they chose to have one. It means states like Ohio and Texas no longer have Republican legislators – they have rapislators, a sadly accurate term coined by @WiseRiseInfo on Twitter on 7/1/2013. Rapislators are people (usually men, almost always Republicans) who are using state-sponsored rape to restrict women’s rights.

Often, we hear rapislators claim they are pro-life. BULLSHIT! Rapislators are are only interested in restricting women’s rights. In Ohio, they’ve gone so far to add the unnecessary sonogram with vaginal probe to women seeking birth control. If you are truly only anti-abortion, you’d encourage women to get birth control. And, apparently there’s language that restricts a doctor’s ability to give accurate medical information to women who want to get abortions.

I do not believe abortion is murder. But, if it is murder, it is murder in self-defense. It’s a woman standing her ground. If a woman does not want to have an abortion, I support her decision. But I do not, I cannot, support any government that makes any decision about her reproductive health for her.

We need to find ways to fight the rapislators. I’m sending the following to Attorney General Eric Holder and to President Barack Obama:

 

Dear Sir:

In January 2012, the FBI defined rape in the following way:

“The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Since this is now the definition of rape, how can the Justice Department permit states like Ohio to mandate an unnecessary test like a sonogram with a vaginal probe before a woman gets an abortion? How is that not rape?

The Justice Department should nullify any state law that includes unnecessary medical tests and runs counter to Roe vs. Wade. Frankly, it looks like the federal government is supporting symbolic state-sponsored rape by some states by not acting.

 

I could not find a direct address for Attorney General Holder, but this address askdoj@usdoj.gov is supposed to forward DOJ E-mail. And you can write to President Obama via this form.

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My Approach to Following Accounts on Twitter

(last updated 9/9/2016)

When it first got going, I was one of the “What’s the point of Twitter?” people. But, gradually, I found it more interesting, and, since late 2012, have been an avid participant.

I like real followers. I regularly purge fake followers and inactive followers except for a few friends/relatives who like to read but not participate. ManageFlitter is a useful tool for managing Twitter followers. However it doesn’t identify obvious spam accounts with profiles like this:

I do not intend to share pic on Twitter however you can add my snapchat: XXXX so I am able to send you my pictures etc.

or

Goт мy ғιrѕт oғғer тodαy ғroм 100ĸғollowerѕ INC, GET 10,000 Twιттer Followerѕ ғor $39, αт http://bit.ly/XXXXXXX

I now report profiles like to Twitter as spam accounts before I block them. If you add me to a list, I block you.

I’m not the kind to follow back everyone. I don’t follow (or immediately unfollow and sometimes block) any of the following kinds of accounts:

  • Accounts that are sexist, racist, religiously fanatical, gun-loving, #RWNJ (RightWingNutJob), #GamerGate (if you don’t know about this, you really don’t want to know about this), pro-puppy (ditto), political bots (people obviously only trying to make trouble).
  • Block any account with a gun in their profile or background picture.
  • Commercial-only accounts (except for those related to interesting books, movies, restaurants or places to visit), or accounts by individuals that seem only to link to “special deals.” Some of these individual accounts have perfectly-reasonable bios, but when you read the tweets, it’s clear these “individuals” have nothing real to say.
  • Accounts with an “egg” icon, a fish-face photo, a porn-like photo or no biographical description. I want to know something about the people I’m following. If you can’t say something about yourself or upload a photo, how do I know you’re not just a bot? Twitter should be interactive – why should we interact? Occasionally, I do follow egg/no bio accounts when they’ve made some interesting tweets.
  • Trolls (and, yes, sometimes even accounts I’d agree with on paper are trolls who are only there to stir things up).
  • Any tweet that’s just a link gets its account blocked and reported because often these are links to viruses.
  • People I know IRL and would rather not engage with on Twitter. It’s a free country.
  • People who use “tools” that spam people with direct messages (which are an annoying “feature” of Twitter) like http://www.twitterautofollowback.com/. Anyone dumb enough to use tools that spam aren’t people I want to deal with. I generally delete anyone who DMs me or who primarily posts how many people have followed/unfollowed them.

While I’m very active on #uniteblue, I don’t automatically follow-back because some people who are members of #uniteblue fall under one of the above categories.

I also think demanding a follow back or visiting a link is silly. I appreciate follow backs but don’t demand them. I might be too outspoken for many and that’s fine.

The single best way to guarantee that I’ll unfollow you is to send me a DM. Hate DMs on Twitter, they’re annoying.

Basically, when I run into people I’d rather not follow, I unfollow them and sometimes I block them and move on. If they’re overly abusive, commercial, or pornographic, I also report them to Twitter.

I do not read DMs and have said even so in my Twitter bio. They are a horrific waste of time. With only a few exceptions, they’ve been spam from a Twitter app or harassment. I’m at the point where I unfollow accounts which send out DMs.

I’m glad there are now tools to make blocking abuse accounts much easier. If you’re interested in learning more about blocking sock puppets, visit BlockTogether. You can create block lists and share them if you’d like to. If you got ensnared in the whole #GamerGate mess, follow GGAutoBlocker on Twitter.

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Who Voted in the Senate to Protect Military Rapists?

There has been an epidemic of reported rapes in the military over the last few years. So what does the Senate Armed Services Committee decide to do?

Protect the rapists.

I’m particularly disappointed by Claire McCaskill’s vote. She, sometimes, pretended to be a progressive (certainly compared to Todd Akin, she was). But she’s a woman with half a brain in her head part of the time, and yet she voted to continue to shield military rapists. SHAME!

(corrected phone list from Politics USA)

Kelly Ayotte (R -NH) (202) 224-3324
Roy Blunt (R – MO) (202) 224-5721
Saxby Chambliss (R – GA) (202) 224-3521
Deb Fischer (R – NE) (202) 224-6551
Lindsey Graham (R – SC) (202) 224-5972
James Inhofe (R – OK) (202) 224-4721
Tim Kaine (D – VA) (202) 224-4024
Angus King (I – ME) (202) 224-5344
Mike Lee (R – UT) (202) 224-5444
Carl Levin (D – MI) (202) 224-6221
Joe Manchin (D – WV) (202) 224-3954
John McCain (R – AZ) (202) 224-2235
Claire McCaskill (D – MO)(202) 224-6154
Bill Nelson (D – FL) (202) 224-5274
Jack Reed (D – RI) (202) 224-4642
Jeff Sessions (R – AL) (202) 224-4124
Roger Wicker (R – MS) (202) 224-6253

Twitter list, many of the same people who voted against the Violence Against Women Act and Gun Background Checks:

@KellyAyotte @RoyBlunt @SaxbyChambliss

@SenatorFischer @GrahamBlog @jiminhofe

@timkaine @SenAngusKing @SenMikeLee

@SenCarlLevin @Sen_JoeManchin @SenJohnMcCain

@clairecmc @SenBillNelson @SenJackReed

@SenatorSessions @SenatorWicker

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Remembering the Newtown Kids on Father’s Day

On Mother’s Day, I stumbled over a lovely essay by one of the Newtown Mothers…and it made me want to remember each of the kids. I would be especially angry if I were a Newtown mother, on Mother’s Day. These kids should all still be with their parents and their schools. So, I tweeted about each of the kids in honor of Father’s Day. Here’s what I said:

  • The 1st Father’s Day after #newtown – we should remember the kids who were murdered that day, as a callous government doesn’t care – WE DO!
  • Remembering Emilie Parker who would’ve been 7 on 5/12, wanted to be Hermionie Granger for her birthday. #newtown
  • Remembering Charlotte Bacon, in whose memory a Kindness Award was started. #newtown
  • Remembering Jesse Lewis who wrote “Nurturing Healing Love” on a chalkboard at home before he was murdered. #newtown
  • Remembering the rambunctious Noah Pozner whose twin sister was in another class. #newtown
  • Remembering red-headed Daniel Barden whose dad taught him Jingle Bells on the piano on his last morning. #newtown
  • Remembering Olivia Engel, who was a Daisy Girl Scout. #newtown
  • Remembering Josephine Gay, who loved the water and whose parents set up a fund for autistic children. #newtown
  • Remembering Dylan Hockley whose parents included a reading of Goodnight Moon at his memorial service. #newtown
  • Remembering Madeleine Hsu who loved dogs and wearing pink. #newtown
  • Remembering Catherine Hubbard who loved animals. Her parents asked for donations to an animal center. #newtown
  • Remembering Chase Kowalski who loved sports & played baseball. #newtown
  • Remembering Ana Marquez-Greene, who sang via video during her funeral. #newtown
  • Remembering James Mattioli who always loved to sing. #newtown
  • Remembering Grace McDonnell who loved the beach. #newtown
  • Remembering Jack Pinto who was buried in a NY Giants jersey. #newtown
  • Remembering Caroline Previdi whose favorite charity was The Toy Chest at her church. #newtown
  • Remembering Jessica Rekos who wanted cowboy boots for Christmas. #newtown
  • Remembering Avielle Richman whose Dad had been blogging about her adventures in 2012. #newtown
  • Remembering Jonathan Wheeler who wanted to be a paleontologist. #newtown
  • Remembering Allison Wyatt, an artistic girl who shared with strangers. #newtown
  • We should never forget the children of #newtown, particularly on Father’s Day. Write your representative – better gun laws save lives.

Never forget that these were the senators who cared more about the NRA’s opinion of them than the 90% of the public who wants better background checks. Here are the Twitter accounts of these senators:

@SenAlexander @KellyAyotte @SenJohnBarrasso @MaxBaucus @SenatorBegich

@RoyBlunt @JohnBoozeman @SenatorBurr @SaxbyChambliss @SenDanCoates

@TomCoburn @JeffFlake @SenThadCochran @SenBobCorker @JohnCornyn

@MikeCrapo @SenTedCruz @SenatorEnzi @SenMikeLee @SenatorFischer

@GrahamBlog @ChuckGrassley @SenOrrinHatch @jiminhofe

@SenatorHeitkamp @SenDeanHeller @SenJohnHoeven @SenatorIsakson

@Mike_Johanns @SenRonJohnson @McConnellPress @JerryMoran

@lisamurkowski @SenRandPaul @robportman @SenMarkPryor @SenatorRisch

@SenPatRoberts @marcorubio @SenatorTimScott @SenatorSessions

@SenShelbyPress @SenJohnThune @DavidVitter @SenatorWicker

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Remembering the Newtown Kids on Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, I stumbled over a lovely essay by one of the Newtown Mothers…and it made me want to remember each of the kids. I would be especially angry if I were a Newtown mother, on Mother’s Day. These kids should all still be with their parents and their schools. So, I tweeted about each of the kids on Mother’s Day. Here’s what I said:

  • Remembering Emilie Parker who would’ve been 7 on 5/12, wanted to be Hermionie Granger for her birthday. #newtown
  • Remembering Charlotte Bacon, in whose memory a Kindness Award was started. #newtown
  • Remembering Jesse Lewis who wrote “Nurturing Healing Love” on a chalkboard at home before he was murdered. #newtown
  • Remembering the rambunctious Noah Pozner whose twin sister was in another class. #newtown
  • The 1st Mother’s Day after #newtown – we should remember the kids who were murdered that day, as a callous government doesn’t care – WE DO!
  • Remembering red-headed Daniel Barden whose dad taught him Jingle Bells on the piano on his last morning. #newtown
  • Remembering Olivia Engel, who was a Daisy Girl Scout. #newtown
  • Remembering Josephine Gay, who loved the water and whose parents set up a fund for autistic children. #newtown
  • Remembering Dylan Hockley whose parents included a reading of Goodnight Moon at his memorial service. #newtown
  • Remembering Madeleine Hsu who loved dogs and wearing pink. #newtown
  • Remembering Catherine Hubbard who loved animals. Her parents asked for donations to an animal center. #newtown
  • Remembering Chase Kowalski who loved sports & played baseball. #newtown
  • Remembering Ana Marquez-Greene, who sang via video during her funeral. #newtown
  • Remembering James Mattioli who always loved to sing. #newtown
  • Remembering Grace McDonnell who loved the beach. #newtown
  • Remembering Jack Pinto who was buried in a NY Giants jersey. #newtown
  • Remembering Caroline Previdi whose favorite charity was The Toy Chest at her church. #newtown
  • Remembering Jessica Rekos who wanted cowboy boots for Christmas. #newtown
  • Remembering Avielle Richman whose Dad had been blogging about her adventures in 2012. #newtown
  • Remembering Jonathan Wheeler who wanted to be a paleontologist. #newtown
  • Remembering Allison Wyatt, an artistic girl who shared with strangers. #newtown
  • We should never forget the children of #newtown, particularly on Mother’s Day. Write your representative – better gun laws save lives.
  • It took 9 months to create my child & a few secs for a tormented individual to destroy her with a gun. #newtown Mom

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Weighty Matters

I sometimes make surprisingly long posts in other people’s blogs. I responded to a posting and some comments in the blog The Skeptical Scalpel: “Institute of Medicine: Obesity is not caused by lack of willpower” and thought I’d reprint them here. The quote that set me off was not made by the blogger, but was made by one of the commenters.

[[Fall 2012]]

“We are way too accepting of the obese. We should be sure to mock and scorn the obese more often. We should make fun of those who don’t exercise or who frequent McDonald’s. ”

Harassment is never helpful (unless you’re pulling a “Modest Proposal” here and I’m missing it).

I’ve been thin, fat, obese, morbidly obese, obese and now am merely fat. I’ve lost 65 pounds over the last 16 years, and have about 45 more pounds to go to be roughly average. I was harassed constantly about my weight in school, and, trust me, it did not help make me a thin person. It made me really pissed off. On the other hand, it did train me that most people’s opinions do not matter. [[small clarification – I wrote most of this in the fall of 2012. I regained the 20 pounds after writing this.]]

I have a mixed viewpoint on the issue of obesity and health.

Genetics do matter, but they are not necessarily destiny. I come from a long line of fat people. Carbs and proteins taste great to me. While I’ve learned to eat some vegetables and fruits, I never, ever crave them, as much as I should. I’m still learning.

No matter what your weight is, you have to accept yourself, be reasonably active, and eat sensibly. There are a lot of self-hating thin and fat people out there.

Gym classes in school need to be dramatically rethought. When I was in school in the ’60s and ’70s, they focused on sports. Some of us were and have always been wretched at sports. They ought to be focused more on activities and health. They should expose kids to sports, but if the kids happier walking the track than trying to hit a baseball, that should be considered an acceptable gym activity.

The interaction of obesity and the medical community is, frankly, awkward. During the 90s, I remember being shocked by being asked “do you mind if we weigh you?” While people need to be respected by clinicians no matter what their weight, information like their weight, height, cholesterol, blood sugar (and so on) need to be recorded. Fat people should not be harassed, but they do need to be reminded about good eating habits and activity no matter what their weight is.

I think the thing that made me finally start to lose weight was the introduction of gastric bypass. While I eat less than I used to and do exercise more, I love a good meal. I still find eating very pleasurable, despite its potential dangers. I was at the point where gastric bypass was an option, and I knew I didn’t want to have eating be that unpleasant.

I opted to start walking. I just did little things at first, like parking across a parking lot from my work or a store. Right now, I’m unemployed and am walking 3-4 miles a day.

I think one of the other big problems with attitudes towards obesity and dieting is this idea that loosing weight can be easy and fast. It isn’t. Relearning how to eat is hard. But, the more we can non-medicalize loosing weight (focusing on diet and exercise rather than drugs and surgery), but better we all be in the long run.

I don’t think there is “a” solution. Obesity/anorexia are tricky conditions and relate to upbringing, education, community planning, marketing…there are many unrelated pieces to a person’s size. Medical personnel need to be respectful (and generally are), but need to have good information about nutrition available. And I understand nutrition isn’t generally taught in med school.


[[Spring 2013]]

I don’t really agree with the anonymous poster who said “it has to do with hunger.” It has to do with our REACTIONS to hunger.

At some times of the day (morning), if I’m hungry I’ll have a glass of water and feel fine with it. At other times of the day (afternoon), I need something to eat. It used to be junk food…and sometimes, it still is. But, generally, my afternoon snack is hummus and crackers or some peanuts.

Last year, I lost 20 pounds, but most of that was due to illness. However, in the fall, I went off of one medication, and noticed I was really craving carbs badly, which meant I was again eating more carbs. Also, it seemed like I was gaining weight no matter what I did (I walked 90 miles one month last fall and still gained 5 pounds that month). So I gained back the 20 pounds in 5 months.

I realized the obvious thing (beyond I was eating more than I should) – I’m now through menopause, so of course I’m going to gain weight a little more easily. I am being more careful again, am not craving carbs quite so much, and am back to really slow weight loss.

For many people, maintaining an average weight is easy. You’re VERY lucky. For many of us, it’s hard. To blame JUST the individual or JUST the environment is wrong-headed – weight is a very awkward combination of personal and societal.

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Petition to Oppose Politics in National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding and a Letter to the White House Petition Site

On April 29, I was disgusted (though not surprised) to read that a Republican Congressional Representative wanted to do away with using peer-review to determine National Science Foundation funding of projects. So, I started a White House petition and asked people to sign it.

Even though I publicized it as I had an earlier petition, I got almost no response. So, I wrote to the petition site.

To: White House Petition Site:

I’m sad that this petition site seems to be going the way of many other Obama policies – it’s a good idea, it’s talked about and then it’s ignored.

Several of us started petitions about the Westboro Baptist Church last year. Mine was the request to investigate its tax exempt status. I got the then-required 25,000 signatures in a couple of days. The petition is still up and has over 96,000 signatures.

No response from the administration.

With the later increase to 100,000 signatures, people clearly see that starting a petition here is a waste of time. I started a petition about the fact that a Republican Congressional representative is trying to do away with peer-review for NSF grants. I have many friends into science, and publicized this petition the same way I had the Westboro Baptist Church petition.

I’ve gotten almost no response. After 2 days, I’m up to 29 signatures.

This is sad, but, clearly, people don’t want to waste their time with petitions that the administration will then completely ignore.

It’s true we got very used to being lied to during the Bush administration. It’s sad the Obama administration seems to be going in the same direction. If you have to lie about the little things (and, I know, the petition site is a “little thing”), how can we trust you about the big things?

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Who Voted to Kill Gun Background Checks in the Senate?

After months of arguing, and a rare bipartisan proposal between conservative Democrat Joe Manchin (WV) and conservative Republican Pat Toomey (PA), a minority of Senators got together to filibuster a bill to have background checks on gun purchases. Here’s a list, in a ready-to-use Twitter format (thanks to Huffington Post for providing the list of Senators and their Twitter handles), so you can tweet about these people who believe criminals and insane people should always be able to buy any guns they want:

@SenAlexander @KellyAyotte @SenJohnBarrasso @MaxBaucus @SenatorBegich

@RoyBlunt @JohnBoozeman @SenatorBurr @SaxbyChambliss @SenDanCoates

@TomCoburn @JeffFlake @SenThadCochran @SenBobCorker @JohnCornyn

@MikeCrapo @SenTedCruz @SenatorEnzi @SenMikeLee @SenatorFischer

@GrahamBlog @ChuckGrassley @SenOrrinHatch @jiminhofe

@SenatorHeitkamp @SenDeanHeller @SenJohnHoeven @SenatorIsakson

@Mike_Johanns @SenRonJohnson @McConnellPress @JerryMoran

@lisamurkowski @SenRandPaul @robportman @SenMarkPryor @SenatorRisch

@SenPatRoberts @marcorubio @SenatorTimScott @SenatorSessions

@SenShelbyPress @SenJohnThune @DavidVitter @SenatorWicker

Also, the folks at DemandAPlan have a form where you can write a letter to express your unhappiness with the Senate’s lack of action on gun control and the letter will go to all of the Senators on this list.

And, to no one’s surprise, half of these “leaders” also voted against the Violence Against Women Act, but, luckily, enough rational politicians voted for it, so VAWA is again the law of the land.

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