In case you missed it, CNN released an article covering the national attacks on our reproductive rights and pro-choice candidates from across the country. The article highlighted State Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, a fierce advocate for reproductive rights here in New Hampshire. Key Excerpts:
States across the country are rolling back access to abortion, and the fate of Roe v. Wade is up in the air -- two factors that Democrats believe could elevate the issue of abortion rights this midterm cycle to a level not reached in recent memory.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law last year a 24-week abortion ban that also mandates ultrasounds prior to the procedure. The law went into effect in January.
State Sen. Rebecca Perkins Kwoka was 24 weeks pregnant as the Granite State legislature debated the 24-week abortion ban legislation. Moved by how such a ban could potentially affect her, she gave a floor speech, urging her colleagues to oppose the bill.
"My rights actually were being changed by the legislation we were debating," Perkins Kwoka said. "I didn't think my colleagues thought it would really apply to a woman like me who was sitting in the chamber."
"It particularly felt like, today, I'm a mom, and I'm a woman, and I'm capable of all of these complex decisions. What's different after week 24? Why tomorrow, you know? Am I capable of different decisions?" she said. "Those were some of the thoughts that I had as we had this floor debate."
Perkins Kwoka, who is running for reelection this year, said abortion rights have "certainly been something that the constituents are paying attention to."
"I have had women stop me in parking lots, talk to me in line when I'm getting coffee, send me emails, send me text messages that are like, 'Thank you for fighting for us on choice.' Women in my mom's generation are saying I cannot believe that you still need to be fighting this fight on our behalf, but thank you for doing it," she said.
Read the full article here.