This morning when I woke up, I had to explain to my six-year-old daughter that we had not elected the first female president. We were both disappointed and we both cried. Then, we talked about where we go from here. We talked about love and respect and working hard for what we believe in.
I can’t give up. The future is too important. I am just as committed to reproductive rights today as I was yesterday and I know that all of you are, too. I thank each and every one of you for your hard work, your financial contributions, and your strength during this election cycle.
Here in Minnesota, we now have an anti-choice House and Senate. We’ve been here before—in 2011 and 2012, anti-choice politicians passed an unprecedented number of bills that sought to decimate our family planning safety net and virtually eliminate access to abortion. We organized and provided Governor Dayton with the grassroots support he needed to veto every piece of anti-choice legislation. With your help, we can do it again.
We know that this election wasn’t about reproductive rights. 7 in 10 Minnesotans believe in access to safe, legal abortion, free from government interference. Overwhelming majorities of voters support a strong family planning network that provides access to contraception and reproductive health care. Unfortunately, that won’t stop anti-choice extremists from attacking women’s health on day one of the 2017 legislative session.
I’m ready to fight back. It won’t be easy, but we’ll do it one phone call, one door knock, and one lobbying visit at a time. Will you join me?
So, let us shed our tears. Let us console one another. But together, let us move forward.
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota