The Biden-Harris win is a victory for the reproductive health and rights of millions of vulnerable people around the world. This January, four years of Donald Trump’s constant attacks — including attempts to cut vital funding, a radically-expanded Global Gag Rule, and a denial of U.S. support to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) — will come to an end.
Colorado voters should also be proud of electing John Hickenlooper a reproductive rights champion to Congress. Hickenlooper supports the Global HER Act and helped with the implementation of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative while Governor. This initiative helped over 30,000 young people gain access to long-acting reversible contraceptives. Hickenlooper has pledged to fight for legislation that expands access to comprehensive reproductive health care for all who need it.
Organizers and volunteers from Colorado’s #Fight4HER campaign worked tirelessly over the past several months to engage youth and first-time voters to cast their ballots for reproductive health and rights champions like Rep. Jason Crow. Just since September, our organizers recruited 45 volunteers and spoke to 1,619 voters about our mission and the importance of voting.
That work helped put Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House, and we’re not done yet. When the new congress is seated in January, we’ll be there. We’ll push our elected officials to pass both the Global HER Act and the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act, ending restrictions on U.S. aid for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care programs abroad.
This is a new era for reproductive freedom worldwide, and I look forward to seeing the change that Biden and Hickenlooper have promised.
Kate Brooks is a #Fight4HER Colorado Organizer. #Fight4HER is a grassroots campaign of Population Connection Action Fund focused on mobilizing action against restrictive reproductive health policies.
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