There’s nothing to be gained by politicizing women’s health, but there’s a lot to lose. Consider this: Two years ago, the Susan G. Komen Foundation walked into a hornet’s nest when it did something that was fundamentally opposed to its mission. It jumped into a controversy that was all about politics and nothing about breast cancer patients and survivors.
If the polls and pundits are right, voters who would likely support progressive, feminist candidates for U.S. Senate this year are more likely to stay home than right-wing conservatives. We need to prove them wrong.
The right wing of the Senate has stepped up its game when it comes to abortion restrictions. It is important for all voters, not just feminist voters, to question everything that a senator says to win an election. Scary, unsupported claims about abortion are the easiest way for the right wing to push centrist voters into their wing. In the weeks before the coming election, we must all think critically and carefully about who exactly has the ability to represent women and their allies in the Senate.
With midterm elections fast approaching, supporters of women’s rights are working to maintain control of the Senate. A large demographic of voters called the Rising American Electorate could sway votes in their favor, as this group is populous, influential, and tends to hold beliefs that support women’s rights, labor unions, equal pay, and raising the minimum wage (for example).