This past Saturday marked the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Suffragists protested, went on hunger strikes, and engaged in civil disobedience despite the threat of arrest, all to make sure they had equal rights to the men of this country. Without these women, I would not be able to vote in this November’s election, let alone see my own name on the ballot.
Make no mistake, my opponent Roby Smith will never vote in the best interest of women. He proved that this spring with his vote in favor of a catastrophic and cruel abortion ban. We cannot let him and his colleagues continue to erode our rights here in Iowa.
Last week I was honored to receive the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa. This was incredibly meaningful to me, as one of my core beliefs is that women have the right to make their own decisions about their healthcare and bodies. If elected as your State Senator, I will fight back against the unconstitutional legislation that was passed earlier this year and restore rights to those who lost them.
This November, I hope you remember the hard work of the suffragists and exercise the right that they fought so hard for: the right to vote.