In a time where the President of the United States thinks and acts as if he can do anything he pleases, the Governor’s office has become more important than ever, and this year no less than 7 women are running. Considering reproductive rights are under attack, electing them to office has never been more crucial. Today, a woman’s right to have an abortion is decided by each state, rather than by the U.S. government.
Here are the stats
Here is another stat to think about
Out of fifty states and five U.S. territories, only six have governors that are women. So how is it democratic, exactly, that the most important woman’s issue is decided by mostly men?
In 2018, two women will be up for re-election, Kate Brown (OR) and Gina Raimondo (RI), and five new faces will be running, Stacey Abrams (GA), Gwen Graham (FL), Cary Kennedy (CO), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), and Gretchen Whitmer (MI).
Here’s why it is important that we elect them
President Trump, whose views we have all come to know and cringe at, has flip-flopped on almost every major issue, leaving the rest of us nervous and guarded against his ever-changing whims, but one thing we can count on from the Trump/Pence White House is that women’s rights are under attack.
Donald Trump was pro-choice around the same time that he was a registered Democrat cheering for Hillary Clinton, but when the 2016 election came up he sang a very different tune.
Mike Pence, however, has been pro-life for his entire political career, even signing a measure into Indiana law last March that required aborted or miscarried fetuses to be buried or cremated, as if they were living, breathing, fully-formed beings.
Talk about cruel and unusual.
The Trump/Pence White House also has a personal vendetta against Planned Parenthood, an organization that does so much more for women than provide abortions (a service which comprises only 3% of their work). But let us all ignore that glaring fact for a moment.
To kick it up a notch, President Trump is dedicated, not only to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they offer abortions to women, but to withholding U.S. funds to clinics around the world if they even whisper the word abortion.
Talk about inhumane. Thousands of women die every day from complications during childbirth and from botched (illegal) abortions, especially in developing countries.
Which brings us to the next round of gubernatorial elections in 2018.
One thing we can be thankful for is that President Trump is all for states’ rights, which means we absolutely have to elect people who will protect us from harmful trends coming out of Washington D.C.
We have a responsibility to force change when change is necessary, and that force comes down to one thing: the vote.
We saw last November what happens when people stay home instead of voting, so please,
Rock the vote for reproductive rights!
To learn more about abortion laws in your state, please visit Pro Choice America.