To the editor:

Justice Ginsburg was a champion for equal rights. On the Supreme Court, even in dissent, she showed us how to keep going — to never give up. For 27 years on the court and throughout her entire career, she never wavered in her determination to protect the rights and freedoms of every single person in this country. We know exactly what Justice Ginsburg would want us to do right now. Our duty is to resist. So many of her fiercest opinions were dissents. She taught us that just because we’re down, doesn’t mean we give up. We make our voices heard. Justice Ginsburg stood up for gender equality, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ freedom, and health care for all.

She carried the weight of the unheard and overlooked including Black and Brown people, people with low incomes, and women who are forced to navigate racist and discriminatory systems. Politicians working to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat with a nominee hostile to health care and reproductive rights are the same politicians who have worked for years to block patients from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood. Harmful policies that block access to health care are part of a larger agenda to target people of color, immigrants, and women. They are designed to create a world where white men hold the power over everyone else’s bodies, lives, and futures.

If these politicians get their way, what little is left of our access to health care — including abortion, affordable health care coverage, and so much more — may be gone for generations

Chelly Hegan

President/CEO

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood

Troy

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