As we’re sure you’ve seen by now, this morning a rogue Supreme Court decided that decades of precedent didn’t matter and overturned Roe v. Wade.
We Are Angry
There are no platitudes to cover just how angry we are about this. In July our state legislature will be in a special session and we fully expect them to introduce a full abortion ban in Indiana. We believe that our representatives are supposed to do as the name suggests, REPRESENT the will of their constituents, but we know that only a small fraction of the population, even here in Indiana, actually wants a full and complete ban on abortion. Not only does today’s Supreme Court opinion allow that, but several of the justices recommended it.
Do you know what it feels like to wake up and realize you have fewer rights than you did the day before? Everyone in America with a uterus now does. And it won’t be limited to us. In a concurring opinion, Clarence Thomas suggested that next the courts should come for other so called “states rights” cases such as Griswold (which established the right to contraception) and Obergefell (which established the right to same-sex marriage). They will not stop here. The Republican party will keep coming for individual rights until they control what you are allowed to do in your own bedroom.
While we do want you to make sure you vote whenever you can, there is a present and clear solution to this right now and it is infuriating that it is not being utilized. Democrats control the White House, the House, and the Senate. The only thing standing between codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law is two Democratic senators who are staunchly and senselessly protecting a Jim Crow–era rule of the Senate and not changing the rules of the filibuster to allow for a simple majority vote.
This Is Your Sign
If you’ve been thinking you need to get more involved, consider this your sign. Because we can’t just vote and think we’ve done enough. We can’t just pay attention to the presidential election and think we’ve done enough. We got here today because all elections have consequences, from the presidency to state legislature to school board.
You HAVE to do more than vote. There are so many strong candidates here in Hamilton County. Democrats who will do what is right. Democrats who will fight for your right to choose. They need you, now more than ever. Volunteer with them. Be an ambassador for what you believe in, both online and offline. Be an ambassador with your friends, your families, your neighbors, and your community.
What You Can Do Right Now
We understand that you might feel helpless with rage right now, but there are things you can do to get started right away.
Join the Rally at the Statehouse Tomorrow
Meet Our Candidates at the Fishers Town Hall on Tuesday
Go to the HamCo Dems Website and Sign Up as a Volunteer
Visit our website and sign up to volunteer and receive updates from us.
Help the Candidates
Channel your rage, your fear, and your passion into helping these HamCo candidates:
- Tom McDermott, US Senate
- Jeannine Lee Lake, US House, 5th District
- JD Ford, Indiana Senate, District 29
- Jocelyn Vare, Indiana State Senate, District 31
- Victoria Garcia Wilburn, Indiana House District 32
- Joey Mayer, Indiana House District 24
- Donna Griffin, Indiana House District 88
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