Wow, what a year 2012 has been. On the one hand, we had pro-choice victories across the country and in New York, with womenâ€™s rights candidates winning big. More women will serve in the US Senate in 2013 than ever before. You did this. We did this together.
But on the other hand, there was no time to enjoy our victories. With the elections barely over, zealots in Michigan and Ohio slashed access to birth control and abortion, and passed some of the harshest anti-choice legislation in the country.
Those actions were taken on a state level. On a local level, our rights are also far from safe.
Right here in Westchester County, we are facing very strong opposition to safe, comprehensive health care. Westchesterâ€™s local county government is headed by an anti-choice extremist who supports every anti-woman, anti-family idea voiced by former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Westchester’s own County Executive opposes abortion in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.
This County Executive has a great deal of power to adversely impact womenâ€™s health care â€“ and heâ€™s determined to do just that. He has already vetoed a bill that would have allowed women the most basic of rights – safe access to reproductive health centers – all of this while cutting funding for childcare, food pantries, afterschool programs, health centers, and much more. (Click here to read Westchester Budget Neglects Countyâ€™s Most Vulnerable Residents by Rev. Noelle Damico, member of the United Church of Christ Metro Association.)
Take a good look at these budget cuts. They all directly and adversely impact women and the way we can care for ourselves and our families. These cuts are being made by an ideologue, and his cohorts, who claims to care about the fetus, but clearly spurns the child and the woman who raises it.
Unfortunately, County Executive Astorino and his gang of nine have brought the war on women home to Westchester.
We must organize our outrage and prepare now for the 2013 elections. We cannot go backwards again.
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