What the Midterm Elections Mean for Reproductive Rights

18 Oct

For the first time in history, more women than ever before are running for elected office in the midterm elections.  It’s been dubbed the “Year of the Mama Grizzly” and the “Year of the Woman.” With so many women running for elected office, what will happen to women’s reproductive rights?

Let’s take a look at the many candidates running, shall we? We have GOP candidates Carly Fiorina, Sharron Angle, Meg Whitman, Nikki Haley and Christine O’Donnell.  Carly Fiorina, former chairwoman and CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Company who is running for the California Senate, is socially and fiscally conservative.  She is anti-choice and has reportedly earned an “A” rating from the National Right to Life Committee and has earned a plethora of endorsements from the Susan B. Anthony List, a national anti-choice political action committee.  In addition, Fiorina is not a supporter of marriage equality and is a strong proponent of the death penalty. Sharron Angle, running for the Senate in Nevada against Harry Reid, is also fiscally and socially conservative. She is anti-choice and has received endorsements from Concerned Women for America and the Life and Liberty PAC. Meg Whitman, running for Governor of California, is fiscally conservative and socially moderate. While she supported the anti-marriage equality Proposition 8, she supports civil unions between same-sex couples. Surprisingly, she is pro-choice and supports the right of women to choose whether or not to pursue an abortion. Nikki Haley, running for Governor of South Carolina, is staunchly anti-choice and is a fiscal conservative. Likewise, Christine O’Donnell, running for the Delaware Senate, is also staunchly anti-choice and is fiscally conservative.

What do most of these women have in common? They are mostly all anti-choice, excluding Meg Whitman. It seems that if these anti-choice women are elected to office, they will have a direct effect on legislation that affects women’s bodies, reproductive rights and reproductive health. At a time when anti-choice groups are gaining supporters and ground across America, these anti-abortion candidates could energize and mobilize the anti-choice movements. There is no doubt that their politics and personal views will pollute legislation aimed at women’s bodies, women’s reproductive rights and women’s choices.

Just something to think about. If you haven’t already, register to vote and vote in these midterm elections. Vote for your rights and your choices.

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