Tomorrow – on November 8 – is your chance to fight for your reproductive rights. It could also be your last chance to vote in a democratic election, with 300 Republican electoral denials on the ballots across the country. You must vote – your health and democracy itself depend on it.
By Hollywood Life, we have learned over the years that a majority of our readers are women. That is why we feel so strongly that women must be equal citizens with equal rights here in America.
But unfortunately, since the Supreme Court overturned Roe. Q. Wadewhich guaranteed women the right to an abortion, at least half of the women in this country now live in states with strict abortion bans, preventing them from accessing the procedure, even if they have been raped, they are victims of blood scandal or have health issues that could make pregnancy dangerous for them.
They can no longer make their own reproductive health care decisions. Decisions about the most personal aspect of their lives. You may live in one of those states yourself. Do you think this is fair? Men can still decide what they want they bodies and their health care.
Furthermore, Republicans were outraged when they were supposed to wear masks to stop the spread of the deadly Covid virus. They protested very loudly that mask mandates are an invasion by the government of their liberty and their freedom.
But isn’t it a far, far greater invasion of your freedom to have state governments tell you that you MUST have a baby if you have an accidental pregnancy or are raped?
November 8 gives you a chance to fight back by voting for Democratic candidates in your state who will work to restore access to abortion. Or who will protect your access, if abortion is still legal where you live. Only Democratic candidates for governor and for state legislatures will do so. Republicans across the country at the state, local and federal levels are fully committed to abortion bans.
Ask yourself the following questions and remember them you can be directly affected by abortion bans, even if you personally never thought you would want or need an abortion.
Do you want to make your own decision about whether you are ready to start a family? Do you want to get immediate medical care if you have a miscarriage? Do you want a doctor to act without delay if you are forced to have an abortion to save your life during a high-risk pregnancy or would you really prefer politicians to decide these questions.
Do you really want to wait until you are near death before you can get an abortion in a medical emergency? This is because most abortion bans only allow you to have the procedure if there is a very serious risk that you will die.
Take for example what happened Amanda Zurawski. Amanda is a 35-year-old Texan who was happily 18 weeks pregnant after a year of fertility treatments. She was devastated when she learned that her pregnancy was no longer viable due to a condition in which her cervical tissue opened far too early and began leaking amniotic fluid. Without an immediate abortion, she was at high risk of developing a serious infection, except that she was in Texas and the unborn and non-viable fetus’s heart was still beating.
Amanda was sent home by doctors to wait for 4 days until she was sick enough with a life threatening sepsis infection. By the time she was finally admitted to the hospital for an abortion, she was incoherent and nearly died from the infection.
Amanda spent a week in the ICU before finally recovering. But she still doesn’t know if she will be able to have children now because of scar tissue in her womb, left by the infection.
“Amanda is almost dead. I’m just as scared for everyone it’s going to happen to,” said her husband Josh The Today Show.
If you live in Texas, Idaho, Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, or many other GOP-led states, this could happen to you too. To protect your rights to your own needed health care, you should, from the point of view, vote for the Democratic candidates running for Governor in red states. Vote for Nan Whaley in Ohio, Katie Hobbs in Arizona, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, Tony Evers in Wisconsin, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Beto O’Rourke in Texas, and Charlie Christ in Florida – they’re all the Democratic candidates running for governor and they’ve all pledged to fight for your right to an abortion.
You should also vote for Democrats to represent you in your state legislatures and to be your senators and members of the House of Representatives in Congress. Even if you live in the usually blue state of New York, there’s a good chance that pro-reproductive rights governor Kathy Hochul can be defeated by Republican candidate Lee Zeldinwho flip-flopped on his position on abortion, per Politics. He is also an election denier, as reported by MSNBC.
So New York readers, your vote will count a lot! Please vote!
No woman who cherishes the right to make her own reproductive decisions should have to sit out this election. If any of you want the option of getting pregnant through IVF because it may be your only chance to have a baby – you should vote Democrat.
Many Republican politicians who have already banned abortion in their states have indicated that they would consider banning certain popular contraceptive methods such as the IUD and The Pill if elected or re-elected.
Then don’t forget that Senator Lindsey Graham has already introduced a bill to Congress for a NATIONAL ban on abortions after 15 weeks. If Republicans take the majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate during these midterm elections – and there is a good chance they will – the national 15-week abortion ban will pass. The only thing holding it back will be President Joe Biden veto it… for now.
Which brings us to 2024… If democracy itself is something you care about, your ability to vote for who you want to lead your state and lead the country, that’s another reason why you should vote for Democrats for every single office must vote, including the state attorney general and your state’s secretary of state. Candidates like Mallory McMorrow of the Michigan State Senate, Florida Attorney General candidate Allison Millerand Florida House of Representatives candidate Ruwa Romman.
That’s because virtually all the Republican candidates have pledged to support Donald Trump’s Big election lie, about the 2022 election being stolen. It was NOT stolen. It was a free and fair election that Joe Biden won with 81 million votes to Trump’s 74 million.
Nevertheless, Trump could not accept that he was a loser and has now endorsed a full slate of electoral denial candidates, such as Kari Lakerunning for governor of Arizona, Doug Mastrianorunning for governor of Pennsylvania, Tudor Dixonran for governor of Michigan, and Tim Michels, running for governor of Wisconsin. They all promised that if elected, they would ensure that they would use their power to decide the outcome of further elections, as reported by the Washington Post. Republican candidates like Ron Johnsonrunning for Senate in Wisconsin, and Kari Lake also refused to say they would accept the results of their own elections if they didn’t win.
So, I have to ask you, do you want your votes to be fairly counted in all future elections? Or do you want election results in your state overturned by an election-denying governor, secretary of state, or attorney general?
It’s a fact that only Republican candidates propose overturning results they don’t like. Only Republican candidates say they will not accept election results if they lose. Just like Donald Trump.
That’s why democracy itself is on the ballot. Consider this: If your vote doesn’t count in the future, then you will live in a dictatorship under one party or one President without a term limit, like Donald Trump.
Is this what you want? Economies and businesses do not thrive in dictatorships – so no, the economy will not be better off under total Republican rule.
LGBTQ rights and minority rights are usually curtailed in dictatorships. The freedom to think and speak and to learn are all things that are curtailed in dictatorships. If you think the staggering number of books now being banned from schools and public libraries is bad – just wait until you live under a dictatorship.
Just think of what life is like for the people of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Talk about losing your freedom.
It may seem unthinkable to you today on November 7, at this moment in this country that was, until now, the largest democracy in the world. But everything can change tomorrow if you don’t vote.
Vote tomorrow for Democratic candidates who will protect your right to make your own health care decisions and your right to vote and have that vote count in all future elections.
On November 8, D-Day will be voted – Do it! Vote for democracy.