A Shout Out to First-Time Voters!
Ali Tweedt is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's communications and online advocacy strategies department.
We can hardly believe that election day is less than two weeks away.
This year, many pro-choice Americans will be voting for the very first time! We couldn't be more excited for all the pro-choice 18 to 22-year-olds who were too young to vote in the previous election, but will now get to vote for our pro-choice champion, President Barack Obama.
These Millennials have the chance to rock the pro-choice vote - and we definitely need their help on November 6.
When I voted for the first time in 2008, access to abortion and contraception weren't being attacked like they are today. I remember feeling so lucky to be able to use my political voice and vote for a candidate I knew was going to be a champion for choice and equality.
Lena Dunham, writer of the HBO show "Girls," talked about her first time voting in a new ad for the Obama campaign. Check it out!
President Obama has demonstrated his leadership time and again, standing with women and their families, and I am so thrilled that first-time voters will get the same opportunity to use their pro-choice voices and vote!
We cannot forget what's at stake in this election. Under a Romney-Ryan administration, women could lose their most basic rights:
- Mitt Romney vows to eliminate Obamacare, and with it, the no-cost birth-control policy.
- He threatens to defund Planned Parenthood and said, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." This plan would cut off access to birth control and breast-cancer screenings for millions of women.
- Romney supports policies that would outlaw abortion in almost all cases, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman's health is in danger.
- Romney threatened to appoint Supreme Court justices who would support overturning Roe v. Wade.
We're working to make sure that Millennials know that Mitt Romney is bad for women and their families. And come election day, we hope Millennials will vote for a person who has fought for women and our freedom and privacy.
For all those pro-choice people who just turned 18, use your political voice on November 6. Vote for the candidate who has stood with women, and trusts us with our personal health-care decisions: President Barack Obama.
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