Women's Health Shouldn't Be Political
When we first launched Women are Watching back in November, many women’s magazines expressed an interest in supporting our efforts. In fact, some of our favorite magazines, from Cosmo to Marie Claire, published pieces on our launch. And of course longtime Planned Parenthood supporter Maggie Gyllenhaal wrote an awesome piece in Glamour highlighting our efforts and the importance of fighting for what you believe in.
It’s no coincidence that all these magazines expressed an interest in promoting this campaign. They understand that access to women’s health care services should be more available, not less.
The conversation is no longer just about protecting access to abortion care, it’s not about being pro-choice or anti-choice; it’s about protecting basic necessities like birth control and preventive care. It’s about being pro-women.
Last year was one of the worst years in women’s health history—with a record number of restrictions passed. We cannot let this backslide continue.
As long as women of all ages and backgrounds are willing to take an active role in our future by watching and by voting, we will stop this. By joining together with the millions of others who support women’s health, we can protect these basic rights. It’s time to stand up and speak out.
There’s a lot of stake in 2012 for women. That’s why we’re watching, and that’s why we will be voting.