As bad as 2011 was, sadly, 2012 isn’t looking much better. Our opponents continue to offer ridiculous, dangerous, insulting, and demeaning legislative attacks. We can expect to see more movement with HB 1977, the counterpart to SB 3, that would ban abortion coverage in any insurance plan that will be in the Health Insurance Exchange set up in 2014. We also can expect movement on HB 1077, a mandatory ultrasound bill that would end up pushing abortion later into gestation thus making it more dangerous. And those are just the known battles.
As I reflected on 2011 and all of its disappointments, I thought about what I could do differently in 2012. It is so easy to become discouraged and depressed by the actions of some of our legislators, yet despite the relentlessness of 2011, I for one was incredibly heartened by the testimony of our champion state representatives and senators, inspired by the amazing women and men I saw engaged in the process, and feel more determined than I ever have that we must do our part.
To that end, I resolve to become a more engaged citizen and constituent. I pledge to keep track of issues, of the votes my representatives take, and to let them know what I think, both in thanking them and in sharing my concerns.
The first thing I’ll do is participate in the Roe v. Wade Action on January 20th. I hope you’ll join me.
I also pledge to vote –and get as many of my friends and family to vote as I can –and I hope each and every one of you does the same. We are incredibly fortunate to live in a country that has a representative government. By engaging ourselves in that government, we can help make sure that our elected officials reflect our values and in so doing, make both our country and our state a better place for everyone.