Don’t be dramatic, they said. When Trump won: Don’t be dramatic—Roe isn’t going anywhere. When Merrick Garland was blocked but Neil Gorsuch confirmed, when Brett Kavanaugh blustered, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died: Don’t be dramatic—you’ll always have access to abortion, especially in a country where 85 percent of citizens think the procedure should be legal in some or all circumstances. When Roe finally did fall: Don’t be dramatic—abortion isn’t “banned,” it’s just up to the states to decide!
“In the past three months, abortion has been banned in 17 states, and 1 in 3 women in the United States has already lost access to the right to control their own bodies,” says Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, of the havoc those decisions have already wreaked.
Into this chaos come the midterm elections—our opportunity to step in and say no. If, that is, we don’t get lost in the weeds.
That’s why Cosmo and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund have launched this project. Here, the five races to focus on.
Each of these elections could significantly impact the fate of abortion access in our country—either because the position being elected is so important, the race is so tight, the opponent is so violently anti-choice, or all of the above.
If you’re committed to fighting for reproductive freedom, these races are crucial. Even if you live thousands of miles away, there are still ways you can help. And if you’re eligible to vote in these elections, you know what to do.
“It’s critically important that we use our voices and our votes to take back some of the control we’ve lost,” McGill Johnson says. “Casting our votes in November brings us a step closer to the country we want to see: one where people can govern their own bodies, lives, and futures.”
Only a third of American voters under 30 came out in the last midterms, which was—actually, sadly—the highest rate in three decades. But even that turnout won’t cut it this time.
Abortion extremists are counting on you not to vote. Here’s your chance to surprise them like they surprised us.
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