Today’s the anniversary or Roe v. Wade, and this year’s Blog for Choice Day topic is “What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?” Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but reproductive rights remain under assault. The Obama Administration’s hand-wringing before finally denying an religiously-affiliated hospitals an exemption from the requirement that they provide contraception, and the strident anti-choice rhetoric from all the Republican candidates, show just how far the window has shifted. It’s time to move things back.
Here’s what I’m doing:
- My vote and my volunteering time are “in play” in 2012. Along with civil liberties and LGBTQ issues, one of the things I’m judging Obama, Cantwell, gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee and other candidates on is how assertively they’ll fight for women’s right to choose.
- And I’ll continue to raise awareness, with friends online and off, and discuss the issue. Yes, I get in people’s face when they make excuses for anti-choice politicians — or downplay the importance of the issue. [I'm looking at you, Ron Paul supporters.]
What are you doing?