Why? Chu, Waters & Bass Didn’t Work On Freedom of Choice Legislation

GUEST COMMENTARY - Three local elected United States representatives turned their backs on the protection of Women's rights namely the right of Choice which led up to the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs Wade. 

These three current local elected United States representatives one being Karen Bass who is now running for Mayor of the City of Los Angeles had an opportunity to submit legislation to enact the Freedom of Choice Act during the time period that the Democrats had the majority rule over both the United States Congress and the United States Senate from 2009 thru 2011. 

During Obama's presidential campaign he stated that once if elected President of the United States he would push for the passage of the Freedom of Choice Act a bill if passed would codify into law for women a “fundamental right to choose to bear a child, terminate a pregnancy prior to FETAL viability or terminate a pregnancy after viability when necessary to protect her life or her health. It also sought to prohibit a federal, state, or local government entity from denying or interfering with a women’s right to exercise such choices, or discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provisions of benefits, facilities, services or information. 

Once elected Obama made the decision to pass the Affordable Care Act as his number one priority. 

However, that did not set aside or preclude that Chu, Waters or Bass and other elected US representatives, during the years 2009 thru 2011, could have made an attempt to move forward to introduce and or pass the Freedom of Choice Act or even make an attempt to do so. 

If the Freedom of Choice Act had been passed, then the United States Supreme Court could not have legally addressed or overturned Roe vs Wade. 

Now, it was reported on July 1st, 2022, by various news media outlets that Chu had been arrested for her participation in an abortion rights protest outside of the United States Capitol. Chu held a news conference where she boasts about her arrest. 

Maxine Waters also voiced her objections to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs Wade. 

Bass also declared her objections to the supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade. 

Note that two of the three female US Representatives, Waters and Bass, represent constituents who reside both within the County and the city of Los Angeles and Chu who represents constituents who reside in various cities within Los Angeles County.   

It is fair to state that all three of these female US Representatives are hypocrites as they all turned their backs on millions of females who reside in our United States. 

Their failure to introduce the Freedom of Choice Act denied the equal rights of millions of women. 

Can Chu, Waters and Bass now be entrusted to protect and represent all of the equal rights of all of their constituents?  

 Chief Justice Roberts stated that each state should be in control of legislation addressing areas surrounding the Freedom of Choice Act. 

Just yesterday United States Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican) wants the federal government to be in complete charge in making the final decisions surrounding equal rights issues for all Americans. 

What is next?  US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wants to do away with Marriage Equality. 

All of this would not be taking place today if Chu, Waters and Bass had introduced the Freedom of Choice Act and secured its passage.


(Caroline Aguirre is a retired 24-year State of California law enforcement officer, LAPD family member, community activist and Neighborhood Watch captain. Aguirre is a CityWatch contributor.) This article was edited for CityWatch by Jim Hampton.