Reproductive rights are on the ballot in November

  • Cindy Axne represents Iowa’s 3rd congressional district in the United States House. The Democrat is running for re-election in the 3rd.

There is no doubt that a woman should be able to control her own body, but on June 24, 2022, this fundamental right was taken away. The Supreme Court struck down nearly 50 years of precedent that guaranteed women access to abortion. In the history of our nation, the court has rarely taken away rights.

Now the choice is on the ballot this election, and your choice couldn’t be clearer. While I fought to protect women’s health, my Republican opponent in the race for Iowa’s 3rd congressional district, State Senator Zach Nunn, tried to impose tough abortion restrictions. in Iowa. We can’t let him take our rights.

Women have been on the march for centuries towards equality – win the right to vote, property rights, financial rightsyou name it – and it was an exhausting and relentless journey.

Yet here we are, in 2022, forced to turn back the clock as we find ourselves on the front lines of a battle for bodily autonomy like generations of women before us.

Another view:Zach Nunn: I am pro-life and I support the protection of mother and baby life

I want Iowans to know where I stand on this issue. The only people who should be involved in women’s reproductive decisions are women, their families and their doctors, not the government.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have heard countless stories from women from all over Iowa about what reproductive freedom has meant to them.

One woman told me that her ability to have an abortion kept her from being forever tied to her abusive partner.

Another said her ability to have her family on her own terms has allowed her to pursue the future she always dreamed of as a child.

We know these stories aren’t unique — they’re shared by families across our state. This was repeated during a recent roundtable I hosted with Planned Parenthood with reproductive rights activists and community leaders following the Dobbs decision.

After:Abortion rights activists frustrated with get-out-the-vote messages

After:US Representative Cindy Axne and State Senator Zach Nunn battle abortion in 3rd District race

The right to make your own reproductive health decisions is fundamental — and the majority of Iowans agree.

That’s why I led the charge to protect women’s health care.

I joined 218 of my colleagues from the House of Representatives to spend the Women’s Health Protection Act to effectively codify Roe v. Wade into law, securing a national right to reproductive health care decisions for women. It is high time for the Senate to act and do the same so that this bill can be sent to the office of the President.

But we have to be clear about what we are up against.

While I am working hard to restore this right, far-right politicians are working just as hard to ensure that more abortions are banned in our state.

Take Zach Nunn, for example.

During a 3rd arrondissement Republican primary debate hosted by WHO-TV, my opponent was asked to raise his hand if he believed that abortions should be prohibited – even in cases of rape or incest – without exception.

He raised his hand “yes”. See for yourself.

Despite his recent attempts to backtrack, it showed Iowans — plain as day — how Zach Nunn acts when he believes only his base is watching.

The moment we find ourselves in could not be graver after this unprecedented Supreme Court ruling. The importance of protecting women’s reproductive rights cannot be overstated, which is why I need your help. Reproductive rights and women’s rights to health care are on the ballot in November.

Anyone ready to take back their rights can join me in this fight by researching which candidates from local to federal levels in their area are standing up for women’s rights and showing up to vote on Election Day—November 8, 2022.

You know where I stand. I hope you will stand with your daughters, granddaughters, wives and sisters who until now had the same rights as a man, because we are all in this together.

Democratic U.S. Representative Cindy Axne speaks during a roundtable Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Woodward.

Cindy Axne represents Iowa’s 3rd congressional district in the United States House. The Democrat is running for re-election in the 3rd.