Esther Kia’iana: Rights of Women

As the U.S. House and Senate races in Hawaii enter a new phase, it’s worth pausing for a moment to reflect on the legislative attacks across the country against the right of women to make their own reproductive choices.

These cringe-worthy attacks have turned the airwaves into toxic waste sites for proposals that do everything from repealing abortion rights, to limiting women’s access to birth control, to inserting governmental control over women’s bodies.

We must be more vigilant about reminding government that it serves the people, not oppresses them. 

From my perspective, we must stop the legislative attacks on women’s reproductive rights.  And we can begin by electing more women to public office.

Lack of gender diversity among elected officials hinders political progress and maintains the status quo, reinforces traditional ways of doing things and discourages new ideas.

It is equally vital that we create concrete opportunities for women to gain political standing, to apply the wisdom they have gained during their journeys in life.

With good women candidates, hard work and community involvement, we can increase the political clout of women and stop the attempts to roll back women’s rights with appalling and intrusive bills that adversely affect our health, lives, and rights.

If ever there was a time to seize the moment and elect more women candidates who will fight for the rights of women, it is now.

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