Laura Britton: Cites Lindsay Sabadosa’s stance on reproductive rights

Published: 8/16/2018 9:22:52 PM
Cites Sabadosa’s stance on reproductive rights

On Sept. 4, when voters in the 1st Hampshire District go to the polls, my vote for state representative will be cast for Lindsay Sabadosa.

As an activist for reproductive rights, and a supporter of the reproductive justice movement, the choice was clear. Sabadosa is the only candidate in this race who has proven time and again that she will fight for legislation that will help all people receive equal access to unbiased, accurate reproductive health care. When it comes to reproductive rights, this election, and our state representative race specifically, is critical.

If, but more realistically when, Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a Supreme Court justice and Roe vs. Wade falls, the battle for reproductive rights and bodily autonomy will take place at the state level. We need legislators who will fight to make Massachusetts the progressive voice of reproductive rights in the United States, especially in the more conservative House.

Sabadosa is that legislator. She has been formally endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, and is also a volunteer and board member on the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts.

On many occasions, I’ve heard her speak passionately about improved public transportation and Medicare for All as reproductive justice issues, because she understands that everyone should have the ability to decide “whether to parent, when to parent, and the right to parent within a sustainable environment,” as she stated in July.

Just last month I walked the halls of the Statehouse with Lindsay while lobbying for the Healthy Youth Act — an act that would bring medically accurate, LBGTQIA+ inclusive, consent-based sex ed to Massachusetts public schools — and then watched as the act died in committee for the eighth year in a row.

At a recent forum, an audience member asked both state representative candidates what they would do if elected to ensure the Healthy Youth Act gets passed. Sabadosa’s answer was comprehensive, explaining the need for a combination of coalition support, people power and a change in our broken system.

Lindsay Sabadosa is that change, and she deserves your vote Sept. 4.

Laura Britton


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