People who say politics are slightly personal are absolutely wrong.
Politics are completely personal.
They define who we are, where we go, and what we have.
The election today requires a definitive referendum about what rights we believe we deserve and who we think our government should protect.
Ohio is the unofficial “decider” of this election, and the voters here are in the national spotlight, with their clashing viewpoints and concerns treated as a microcosm of the entire country.
One Ohio voter, who I know personally, demonstrates how a vote for Barack Obama is both a rational choice and necessity for proponents of women’s health and rights.
Kaley Costello caught HPV from a former boyfriend, who she trusted with her heart and body. She not only received the news she had HPV, a common disease among American adults, but also discovered she had a severe type, which could quickly lead to cervical cancer.
Luckily, Kaley was able to get proper screenings and surgery because she was eligible to receive care through the “Affordable Healthcare Act,” as she was young enough to receive care from a parent’s benefits.
Millions of women who need preventative screenings, contraception, or treatment for diseases that significantly affect women, such as cervical and breast cancers, currently receive help through policies or programs Mitt Romney would cut or eliminate.
Kaley is one of those women. Politics is not some obscure idea that she can’t touch. A political conviction by Barack Obama is the reason she had preventative surgery instead of cancer treatment.
Kaley started a movement, “Run Against Romney,” to express her gratitude and support for President Obama and his commitment to protect women’s health. She encourages male and female runners to purchase “Run Against Romney” shirts, to spread the word against Romney’s agenda during anything from a morning run to a marathon.
When someone sees a runner in her baby blue “Run Against Romney” t-shirt, it is more than a political statement. It is bigger than partisan bickering. It is a commitment to the man who wanted all people in this country to have a right to healthcare. It is appreciation for a man who thinks family planning and contraception is a government priority, not nuisance. It is a thank you to the man who believes Kaley’s body, and my body, and any other woman’s body is just that. Ours. And not anyone else’s.
I am proud of Kaley for telling her story. When statistics have faces and voices, they are harder to ignore. Politics are completely personal, and choosing a candidate defines you as a person.
Herlinked.com is proud to stand with Kaley and the millions of women who will vote for Barack Hussein Obama because we refuse to lose the ownership of our rights or our bodies.
We hope you take this election personally, too. Get out there and vote as if your life depends on it. Kaley’s did.
For more about Run Against Romney and Kaley’s journey, click here: