Letters to the Editor
May 12, 2022 by Submitted

Why Do We March?

Every member of the League of Women Voters must adhere to the Nonpartisan Policy, which requires members to refrain from supporting or opposing political candidates or parties when acting on behalf of the League.

Locally, the policy is best illustrated by our voter guides and candidate forums, which are planned and run by members of both major political parties for the benefit of all voters.

Additionally, for more than 100 years, the League has been studying complex problems, building consensus among our members, deciding positions and then advocating for laws supporting those positions. The same women who shepherded the 19th Amendment through Congress and state legislatures used their organizing and advocacy talents to ensure passage of the Sheppard Towner Act of 1921, a federal law designed to reduce the infant mortality rate.

Throughout the last century the League has advocated for laws that protect democratic processes, ensure voting rights for all citizens, safeguard our natural resources and promote access to healthcare and education. The League rejects evaluating issues through a political lens and we are proud to advocate for these causes.

It is the League’s position that individuals have a right to privacy in making reproductive choices. It is in support of that position that  LWV Geauga chooses to march in Saturday’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” event in Cleveland.

At the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, women proclaimed themselves equally entitled to the rights claimed by men under the Declaration of Independence, asserting “that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Women cannot be equal when they are denied autonomy over their bodies. We march to honor our brave and determined ancestors, and to support every woman’s right to make reproductive choices without interference from their government.

Shelly Lewis, President
LWV Geauga