As we were saying goodbye to 2014 and ushering in 2015, three organizations— NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO and UltraViolet —were hard at work fighting to protect our right to an abortion in the United States.
On January 6th, Mitch McConnell would be sworn in as the Senate majority leader, and they knew what would be on his agenda: a 20-week abortion ban.
This proposed ban threatened to undermine one of the most important Supreme Court cases, Roe v. Wade. This ruling affirms abortion as a constitutionally protected right.
The U.S. House of Representatives had passed a 20-week abortion ban in the past, so it was likely the Senate could pass one now, that it was under anti-choice control.
No one wanted to wait around and watch that happen. There was work to be done!
On the same day that Mitch McConnell was sworn in, NARAL was ready for action. They launched a petition to their supporters on Facebook, asking them to oppose McConnell’s plan to pass the ban through the Senate.
UltraViolet launched a petition of their own, as did CREDO, asking folks to stop Mitch McConnell’s attack on reproductive freedom.
And the wave of signatures came in!
By January 21st, just 16 days later, over 140,000 signatures had been collected! Now it was time to deliver them to Mitch McConnell himself.
The NARAL team marched down to Mitch McConnell’s office door with 140,000 signatures in hand.
— NARAL (@NARAL) January 21, 2015
Hours before the vote was set to take place on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the anti-choice House Republicans were forced to abandon their abortion ban bill.
This won’t be the last time anti-choice Republican leaders try to stop women from making their own decisions about their health and lives; but, together, we helped put conservatives on the defensive.
The moral of the story?
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