#VOTEPROCHOICE ON LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR'S SUPPORT FOR ANTI-CHOICE BILL: "THIS IS SHAMEFUL"

#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi L. Sieck: "the Democratic Party must stop treating reproductive freedom as a negotiable issue"

LOUISIANA—Ahead of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards planned signing of the state's "heartbeat bill," national pro-choice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE’s co-founder Heidi L. Sieck issued the following statement. #VOTEPROCHOICE mobilizes the 77% of American voters who are prochoice with essential information to vote prochoice up and down the ballot in every election.

“We are in the fight of our lives, and Democratic Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is about to betray us. Edwards promised to sign the state’s “heartbeat bill” effectively banning abortion and signing away our right to bodily autonomy. This is shameful. Members of the Democratic Party must stop treating reproductive freedom as a negotiable issue. The Democratic Party platform has a very comprehensive plank outlining an agenda for reproductive rights, health and justice. We need to hold electeds like Governor Edwards to it. If we are not free to make healthy decisions about our bodies, our sexuality and our reproduction, then we are not free. Governor Edwards is a prime example of why we must vote prochoice up and down the ballot in every single election—from PTA to President, school board to Senate. We are a staunchly prochoice nation—77% of Americans support the right to reproductive freedom. And we will not stop fighting until the overly-funded anti-choice minority is voted out of office and prochoice champions are leading this country.”

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