Celebrate Women's Equality Day with a pledge to #VOTEPROCHOICE
Today is Women's Equality Day, honoring the ratification of the 19th Amendment -- an important milestone in the long, difficult march toward equal representation for all people.
We cannot forget that the 19th Amendment mainly gave white women the right to vote. Now, 99 years later, we've continued to make progress toward equality, and we can celebrate the historic number of women elected, voting, and running for office. But we are far from equal. Many women and marginalized people continue to be disenfranchised through voter suppression. We are still fighting the constant attacks on our healthcare, our bodily autonomy, and our dignity.
Women make up 51 percent of the population, but less than 25 percent of elected offices. This has dire consequences for so many issues -- particularly reproductive freedom.
So far in 2019, nine states have passed abortion bans, and more states will follow. These new bans are a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
Just last week, Planned Parenthood was forced out of the federal Title X family planning program when the Trump administration banned healthcare providers from giving factual information on abortion to patients.
Planned Parenthood serves 40% of the nations Title X recipients, who receive services like birth control and STD screenings.
It's now up to us to make sure that every elected official, at every level of government, will stand up for reproductive freedom. Pledge to #VOTEPROCHOICE today, and we'll send you the 2019 #VOTEPROCHOICE Voter Guide -- the largest progressive voter guide of all 49,000 races on the ballot in November 2019. We empower you to vote for all the prochoice champions in your community.
Celebrate Women's Equality Day by taking real action to protect reproductive freedom in this country. Thank you for pledging to join us.
Heidi L. Sieck