Last week, I told you Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was getting ready to sign the “ultrasound bill,” an atrocious proposal that would force all women considering abortions to get ultrasounds and require their doctors to ask if they’d like a picture.
Well, he signed it.
We didn’t stop the bill this time, but we did make sure the entire country knew exactly what was going down in Virginia.
There are still 450 other bills on birth control and abortion in state legislatures across the country. With a far-right faction of the GOP holding a majority in many of them, it’s unclear how many we can stop. But let me just say this: We need to be prepared to win in November.
As long as women’s rights are being attacked, we’re going to keep fighting back — in Congress and in the states.
We’re taking on this fight both nationally and in the states. In Virginia, that meant helping to fund the state party’s rapid response communications team — they pushed back on the ultrasound legislation, supported the Democrats who opposed it, and publicized peaceful protests of it at the capitol. That work helped put this bill on the national radar.
Right now, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, and many other states are considering similar legislation.
The Texas legislature is in the midst of a bitter fight to eliminate state support for a wide range of women’s health services. They’ve already eliminated two-thirds of their funding for women’s health, closing more than half of the state’s Planned Parenthood and other clinics. And now they’re voting to reject aid for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. They claim they’re doing this to fight abortion, but what they’re actually doing is denying hundreds of thousands of women access to basic health care.
Clearly, this fight is about more than abortion and birth control.
I won’t stop speaking out across the country about a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and Democrats in the states won’t stop pushing back against these bills.
I hope you won’t stop fighting either.
Support the fight state by state and nationwide. Stand with the Democrats today:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee