The fall of Roe asks us to meet the urgency of the moment

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The fall of Roe marks the first time the Supreme Court has taken away a constitutional right from the American people. While this reversal has played out in the Supreme Court, the current Democratic majority in Congress has the ability to codify Roe, expand the court and protect people seeking abortions across state lines. And yet, despite the urgency of this moment, Democrats have failed to act. Why?

Samantha Bruno of Mamaroneck holds a hanger with the sign "you can only ban safe abortions" attached during the in support of Roe v. Wade rally in White Plains, NY on Sunday, June 26, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE JOURNAL NEWS
Samantha Bruno of Mamaroneck holds a hanger with the sign "you can only ban safe abortions" attached during the in support of Roe v. Wade rally in White Plains, NY on Sunday, June 26, 2022. KELLY MARSH/FOR THE JOURNAL NEWS

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, one of two Democratic candidates running for Congress in District 17, chose, in his role as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), to put his thumb on the scale for anti-choice incumbent Democrat, Henry Cuellar, over his pro-choice challenger, Jessica Cisneros. Cuellar, who also has an A rating by the NRA, and is supported by the Koch Brothers, won by a mere 289 votes. Cuellar is one more vote against pro-choice legislation.

This is why I am supporting state Sen. Allesandra Biaggi for Congress in NY-17. Biaggi has a track record of challenging establishment Democratss who stand in the way of critical legislation. She and five other insurgent Democrats toppled the Republican-aligned Independent Democratic Conference — clearing a log jam that led to the passage of the New York Reproductive Health Act, Foundation Aid for public schools, Early Voting, GENDA, a slate of gun safety bills, and stricter climate regulations. Most recently she sponsored S9039A, which protects the rights of individuals from outside our state seeking abortion care or gender-affirming care from legal interference. It was signed into law last week.

It’s time to reassess the claim that anyone blue will do. We need Democrats who are unafraid to meet the urgency of the moment. Biaggi has a record of holding powerful people accountable. Join me in sending her to Congress.

Meredith Wisner is chair of Rockland Working Families.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: The fall of Roe asks us to meet the urgency of the moment