We Won’t Go Back
Reproductive rights continue to be under attack in our state as out-of-touch lawmakers play politics with women’s health. As you may have heard, Pro-Life Utah and their partners have had a busy summer and roped Riverton City (ala Councilwoman Tawnee McCay) and Utah County (lead by Commissioner Bill Lee) into spending their time passing non-binding resolutions to create a bully pulpit for their agenda. And in a lead up to the 2020 Utah Legislative Session, state Senator Dan McCay (yes, he is Tawnee McCay’s husband) promised to introduce a bill to “end elective abortion in Utah.” Senator McCay clearly doesn’t understand that abortion is elective in all cases (except in the rare case of an emergency) and that Utahns want and need continued access to safe and legal abortion.
These extremists’ agenda is to push Planned Parenthood out of Utah and outlaw abortion. It continues to boggle our minds that these same policymakers (and anti-women’s health groups) aren’t doing more to actually help Utahns make informed decisions to live their best life. If they want to reduce the number of abortions in Utah related to unintended pregnancy, then let’s work on the root issue, together.
Let’s create more access to affordable birth control and educate folks about how to prevent unintended pregnancy in the first place. Perhaps Abortion Free Utah should host a fundraiser for the leading provider of affordable family planning services—Planned Parenthood—and help in the real work to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. Instead, they continue to politicize health care to advance their own political posturing, all the while throwing women’s health care under the proverbial bus.
Want to take action? If you haven’t already, sign our petition with Alliance for a Better Utah. As Katie Matheson said, “Utahns support the fundamental right to freedom for every individual; and yes, that includes the right to choose to have an abortion.” Make it clear to Utah politicians that the Beehive does not support the idea that Senator McCay or anyone from the legislature gets to be a part of their personal and private decisions. Planned Parenthood will keep fighting to defend reproductive freedom because we know that Utahns will always need access to abortion; the only question is whether it is safe and legal, or unsafe. There was a reason that Roe v. Wade was decided—women were dying from unsafe, illicit abortion. Join Planned Parenthood Action Council in telling Senator McCay and his ilk that We Won’t Go Back.