by Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs
Over the years I have been asked why I am such a strong supporter of a woman’s right to control her own reproductive destiny and health care options. Many reasons have crossed my mind while thinking about that question but I kept coming back to another question – it’s 2015, how could anyone NOT support women’s health care?
More than 40 years after Roe v Wade, the fight still rages. Legislation that would protect these basic rights and access like the Reproductive Health Act and the Employee Reproductive Choice Act continue to be met with opposition.
Not only are common sense bills protecting a woman’s access to health care being obstructed, we continue to see attempts to erode these inalienable rights both at the state and federal level.
There are many ways those against choice erect these barriers. Some attempt to cut funding for family planning organizations, others push archaic forms of legislation better suited to 1915 than 2015. Even the Supreme Court in its recent Hobby Lobby decision gave businesses the power to force their beliefs on their employees.
For all these reasons and more, I continue to fight for the rights of women and their families to make their own choices.
So I guess my answer to the original question is this: I take offense to political and business entities pretending to know what they think is best for people they’ve never met. During my time advocating for the Reproductive Parity Act and other health care access I have met thousands of people involved in this fight and I can safely say that every one of them and their reasons for fighting are unique.
That is why choice is important. That is why every woman must have the ability to control her own reproductive destiny. That is why I will continue to fight for that right.
This guest post from State Senator Steve Hobbs is the first in a multi-part series asking lawmakers to answer why they are working to defend reproductive freedom. Senator Hobbs is the prime bill sponsor of the Reproductive Health Act, one of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington’s priority bills in the 2015 legislative session. This bill will move Washington toward gender equality and equitable access to reproductive health care for all women and families.