For the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling which made abortion legal in the United States, we are participating in NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Blog for Choice Day by answering the question: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?
It’s an important question. According to NARAL, in 2011 26 states enacted anti-choice measures. And in the GOP presidential primary race, four anti-choice candidates are vying for the nomination.
In the good news category, on Friday the Obama administration announced it would uphold a ruling that will provide women access to birth control with no co-pays as part of the Affordable Care Act. And today, President Obama issued a statement reaffirming his commitment to protecting a woman’s right to choose. It read, “While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue- no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”
And ultimately, that’s what reproductive rights are all about. Choice and reproductive freedom are about a woman’s right to govern her own health and body, and lead her own life – and not to allow the government to make those decisions for her. So, to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012 we will:
- continue to assert that social issues are as important as economic issues in the election.
- never shy away from political conversations because they are impolite. They are about our lives.
- ask candidates, who purport to care about the sanctity of life, to take a stance on maternity leave policies, infant care and maternal health.
- donate to pro-choice candidates.
- volunteer on campaigns for the candidates we believe in.
- go to the polls and vote.