Like many of you, I am saddened and angry over the United State Supreme Court’s decision to overturn fifty-years of precedent with Roe v. Wade.

I am alarmed that North Carolina could soon follow the lead of other states and deny our right to safe and legal abortion, even in cases of incest, rape, and physical risk.

This invasion into our private lives threatens the liberties of all Americans, but its impact unjustly disadvantages the most oppressed, discriminated against, and dehumanized members of our community. Which other currently protected rights will our elected officials and conservative courts eliminate next? LGBTQ+ protections? Marriage equality? Contraception? Government has no place in these decisions that represent the most personal and private aspect of our lives.

Five Critical Seats

Governor Cooper’s veto is North Carolina’s only protection against legislation that threatens these personal freedoms and responsibilities. While Republicans who support these encroachments on our personal liberties have maintained majority control in the N.C. House and Senate since 2011, they do not have the super-majority necessary to override the Governor’s veto. But that margin is perilously thin. They only need three (3) additional seats in the N.C. House and two (2) in the N.C. Senate.

“Which other currently protected rights will our elected officials and conservative courts eliminate next? LGBTQ+ protections? Marriage equality? Contraception?”

We cannot allow those who threaten our personal choices to gain more control in Raleigh. It’s time to return to a more balanced and mindful legislature with an intent to protect rather than disrespect our individual freedoms and responsibilities.

Vote for American Values

This November elect candidates who will protect reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality, protections for minorities, immigrants, women, and healthcare and privacy in healthcare decisions, and our vote as fundamental rights for everyone. It’s time to elect candidates who respect the values of the majority of Americans. I am one of these candidates.

Send me to Raleigh on November 8 to represent District 93 in the N.C. House and I will relentlessly champion these rights on behalf of the people of the High Country and the State.

 


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