So, I got an e-mail this week from NARAL Pro-Choice America challenging pro-choice supporters to blog their answer to this question: How will you help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012? That is a fantastic question, and I wish I had a better answer for it. The truth is, while I believe electing pro-choice representatives is extremely important, sometimes I’m not very good at figuring out who those candidates are. I have a hard time even figuring out who all will be on my ballot. And once I know who will be on the ballot, then I have to figure out where they stand on choice (as well as other important issues). Sometimes it seems like a difficult process to navigate. So, I guess my answer to the question is to start earlier figuring out who will be on my ballot, who is pro-choice, and then making sure my friends and family know where they stand on choice. (Thank you social networking for making that so easy!). Reproductive freedom is a very important issue for me, not only because I care about women and making sure they can do what is right for their families, but also because I am in a situation where an accidental pregnancy could endanger my life. I have a congenital heart defect that has caused current heart problems for me, and the strain of a pregnancy right now could kill me. So, obviously, the fact that I can choose to terminate a life-threatening pregnancy without hoping a hospital board will approve it is a relief for me. (Luckily, I’ve never had to make that choice because I know how to protect myself from pregnancy - THANK YOU comprehensive sex education!!!). So, happy anniversary Roe v. Wade. May you stand for years to come. Vote for pro-choice candidates, it’s important.
Anniversary of Roe v. Wade