A year ago this past Saturday, pregnant with twins and very fired up, I went to Boston Common. Standing with my mom and 200,000 people who were ready to fight back, I felt an optimism I hadn’t since before the election.
Forty-five years ago, in a 7-2 decision that simply wouldn’t happen today, the Supreme Court enshrined women’s access to healthcare. Sarah Weddington, a Texan and fierce attorney, was 26 when she successfully argued her client’s case.
Sarah, Governor Ann Richards and women like them inspired me to get involved when I was growing up in Texas. At 19, I joined the board of the Planned Parenthood in Austin. Since moving to Massachusetts more than a decade ago, I’ve volunteered to accompany women seeking healthcare services to the door to protect them from protesters.
“Thank goodness Ruth Bader Ginsburg does her exercises,” Sarah told Time magazine this weekend. I would’ve used slightly stronger language.
Electing progressives matters. Up and down the ballot, we can make change when we get involved. After the march gave birth to a national movement of thousands of women running for office, I gave birth to Abigail and Cecile. Cecile is named for Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood and daughter of Governor Ann Richards.
Today, Abigail and Cecile are celebrating the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in their RBG bibs and I’m celebrating by reaching out to you.
Thank you for your support,