November 7, 2012
After an election season in which male politicians talked endlessly, inaccurately, and maliciously about women’s bodies and health care, yesterday you made sure women had the final word.
Women unequivocally rejected Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and their platform to overturn the new health care law, deny insurance coverage for contraception, and outlaw abortion without exception. And it wasn’t just the presidential race – scores of candidates who pledged to repeal the health care law lost, and in Florida, voters rejected a ballot measure that would have restricted insurance coverage for abortion and interfered with women’s personal decision-making.
Our voices decided this election – and delivered a huge victory for science over ideology, and for equality and justice in access to health care.
So I want to say thank you for everything you did to support the gains for women’s health that we’ve fought so hard for. Because of the work we did, we are going to have a chance to build on those gains to advance critical women’s health priorities, from fully implementing the new health care law to expanding access to affordable birth control and abortion care.
But it won’t be easy.
Those who seek to control our bodies and choices aren’t going away… so we can’t either. Please make a generous donation today to help us with the important work ahead.
At the top of the Network’s agenda for the New Year is continuing our fight to fully implement the Affordable Care Act. But we need to be ready to turn back a new wave of extremist attacks on reproductive health care as well. Voters took a stand for women getting the reproductive health care coverage we need, without restrictions based on our income or where we work. It’s time for policymakers to stand with us!
When right-wing culture warriors try to impose senseless and cruel restrictions on abortion and contraception, we will have to work together against them. And when the pharmaceutical companies push for approval of unproven, potentially unsafe drugs we will have to speak clearly to demand evidence of safety and effectiveness.
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Congratulations! To a healthy and just future for all women,
P.S. President Obama’s reelection is a critical victory for women’s health care. But, just as we did when passing health care reform, we are going to have to work tirelessly next year to turn political opportunities into real, lasting change for women and families. And before the Network can move forward on the issues you care about, we must know we have your support. DONATE TODAY.