These pictures aren’t just of women in the 1970s… but we will get to that in a minute.

In 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is not a federal right and instead should be left to the states. At that moment, without enacting any new legislation, millions of women lost their right to bodily autonomy. Many states had preemptively passed laws to affirm and uphold the overturning of Roe v Wade at the state level, making the impact of the Supreme Court immediate and without contest.

Physicians can no longer provide services for their patients, and in turn, their patients have nowhere to go for help. An estimated 26,000 women in Texas alone are now forced to carry their rapist’s baby to term. A 10-year-old was forced to give birth in Ohio. Countless thousands more are at risk of dying because of life-threatening complications.

The women pictured above are from the 1970s–in Afghanistan. You can see their miniskirts, heels, and participation in secondary education. Moreover, you see their freedom.

In the mid-1990s, women in Afghanistan lost all of this because of an extremist militant coup. Now women must cover themselves head-to-toe; they cannot drive, hold jobs, or pursue higher education; they cannot even leave their home without being accompanied by a man.

I share this extreme example specifically as a reminder that the overturning legal affirmations of women’s rights changes a country in dramatic ways. We must remember that women have only held the right to vote since August 1920–a mere 104 years ago. The first woman federally elected was just a few years prior in 1916. The Equal Pay Act was passed just 60 years ago, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed only 46 years ago.

We have not always had the freedoms we do today, and we need to stand up, protect ourselves and our friends, and be LOUD about it–all of which I am ready to do!

Please spread the word to friends, forward this email, and let people know they have a Progressive Democratic choice on the ballot in May–Lindsay Donahue.

Believe in the possible. Believe in me.

Lindsay Donahue

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