Women’s health care supporters have chance to flip Congress seat

When Roe v. Wade was overturned it simply opened the floodgates to bad policies for basic reproductive health care. Those numerous laws that were poised to pass and become law in that moment, significantly undermine women’s rights and reproductive health care.

Voters in many states were promised exceptions that all but disappeared in actual practice. Brittany Watts of Ohio and Kate Cox of Texas are national names because of Republican policies gone terribly wrong. The laws aren’t just failing women, they’re pushing us back to the dark ages. The scare tactics about “death panels” from the ACA days are back, but this time they’re wearing the robes of the MAGA-led Supreme Court.

On the campaign trail, we hear Republicans trying to appear moderate by talking about the “exceptions” to these dangerous state abortion laws, but the exceptions are a mirage. It’s our responsibility to call it out, let our friends and neighbors know it too.

How does Washington state fit in? We just learned that Cathy McMorris Rogers, from Washington’s Congressional District 5 (which includes Spokane), won’t run for re-election in November. If you value protecting fundamental human rights, including the right to health care and bodily autonomy, this is one way to make a difference. Get involved; now, don’t wait!

Join the mailing list for the Spokane County Democrats! Soon there will be a strong progressive candidate for this open seat – and we can all join in supporting them (however that support may look for you, it truly matters). Democracy dies in darkness so please join me in urging legislators to build inclusive and compassionate policies; policies that respect and protect all women, regardless of circumstances. T

his is a battle for our rights and our values as a nation, please; get involved now because November will be too late.

Paula Townsell


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