Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

Action 1:

Protect constitutional rights, again:

The political right has spent the last 50 years trying to overturn Roe v Wade, and if the leaked reports from the Supreme Court are correct, they are about to succeed. Conservatives are heady with their success, so few believe they will stop with Roe. They are likely to go for gutting the constitutional protections for birth control, as some states are already doing, and gay and interracial marriage, even school integration. We must prepare for the long game, as they have done. The nationwide march on Saturday was a good first step to raise awareness and galvanize support. Now we must:

A. Engage politically:

Because the filibuster rules require 60 votes to pass most legislation, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have codified protections for abortion, failed in the U.S. Senate last week. This bill sought blanket protection for abortion, which while reasonable to leave these decisions between a woman and her doctor, is not likely to pass anytime soon. Protections, like what are now protected in the modified Roe, might pass with support of some pro-choice Republicans. Reports suggest our Senator Kaine has been working with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on such a bill. Tell our Senators (Kaine 202-224-4024 or 804-771-2221 and Warner 202-224-2023 or 804-775-2314) to at least codify these protections.

B. Make a memorial gift:

So many older, pro-choice warriors, who are loyal TAN readers, report they can no longer make it to the marches for a plethora of health reasons. They have fought this good fight for 50 years and can’t believe we are still marching. Honor them, and those many advocates who are no longer with us, with a memorial gift to support the cause:
Emily’s List (https://www.emilyslist.org/pages/entry/support-emilys-list ) works to elect pro-choice women and Planned Parenthood (https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/RpiDSnHxKkC3KSPoysldiQ2) seeks to provide reproductive healthcare, even supporting women who must cross state lines to get an abortion.