Each year, election fatigue seems to set in earlier and earlier and the temptation to ignore it all grows stronger. But this year, more than ever, tuning out is something we cannot afford to do. The 2012 election is a crucial one for pro-choice advocates and supporters.
2011 was a terrible year for reproductive health and rights. According to this Guttmacher Institute report, states enacted 80 new laws that seek to restrict access to abortion services. In addition, many states debated funding cuts for family planning services.
Although Maine held firm against anti-family planning legislation and budget cuts last year, many other states did not fare so well. And, we are still fighting budget battles in Augusta this session.
As the election season reaches fever pitch and the airways and internet are flooded with election news, an important question comes to mind. How do we hang in there? How do we stay focused, following the electoral process so that we remain well-informed on issues of reproductive health and rights?
I’d like to think that following On the Front Lines will help you stay engaged and focused on issues that impact access to reproductive health services. I also invite you to take part in Blog for Choice Day 2012, held on January 22, the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
This online event is sponsored by NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League), whose website describes Blog for Choice Day this way:
Blog for Choice Day gets more people reading and talking about reproductive rights online on one of the most important days surrounding a woman’s right to choose: the Roe anniversary. Plus, it lets your readers and the mainstream media know that a woman’s right to choose is a core progressive value that must be protected.
The question for Blog for Choice Day 2012 is: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?
Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still participate in Blog for Choice Day using your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. I encourage you to check out the Blog for Choice sign up page and take part in this terrific online event. Read through the list of participating bloggers and you’ll see that you’re in good company.
I plan to participate and hope you’ll check back here next week to see how I answer the Blog for Choice Day 2012 question. And I hope you’ll share your own answers with me in the comments section.