The 9th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Our rights are too numerous to list in the U.S. Constitution, yet they are constitutionally guaranteed. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and is attempting to overturn other long-standing precedents by giving state legislatures authority over our basic human rights. Many Republican-led state legislatures are taking away those rights.
State legislatures set the tone for the entire nation and taking away our rights means we are no longer the land of the free.
Freedom and Democracy
. . . one nation . . . indivisible . . . with liberty and justice for all. Say those words out loud. Repeat them. Are we truly indivisible? Do we honestly have liberty and justice for all?
We have the right to life. To live, we need clean air, clean drinking water, and chemical-free food. We must be good caretakers of our natural resources and utilize environmentally friendly practices throughout the Commonwealth.
The key to a thriving economy is jobs. People who live in rural communities need local jobs. They need local businesses for employment and to meet their basic needs.
Education is the best weapon. The way out of poverty, the path to a better democracy, and the road to equality and justice is through education. Students in low-income communities deserve the same high-quality education as those in higher income communities.
Healthcare is a human right. Medical decisions must remain between patient and medical provider without government interference. Healthcare should not be withheld on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, or national origin.
When your congressional and state legislators take away basic human rights, they take them away from you and your family, too. Heed the warning: Be careful what you wish for.
Register and Vote
Republicans are taking away everyone’s right to life by taking away our healthcare rights and civil rights. If you value your right to make your own life decisions without government interference, 2022 and 2023 are the years to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot. Life truly depends on your vote.