I got home at 1:30 early Friday morning. The previous four days of my life had been full of hard work and fear. But the things I saw the minute I returned home meant I could rest easy for the first time since Monday night.
I looked down at my phone and saw that Sen. McCain joined Sens. Murkowski and Collins in voting “no,” striking down the ACA repeal and replace 49-51.
I've spent the past month of my life organizing Planned Parenthood supporters in Fort Wayne to fight for health care access and reproductive justice. We've done so much to fight for this. We've collected 709 supporter petitions at local events over the past three weeks; 219 people called Sen. Young; 75 wrote handwritten letters.
It's because of the fight we and other supporters partook in from Day1 that we were able to protect access to quality health care from senators who cared more about staying loyal to their party than their constituents.
There will be more fights, but what happened on Friday demonstrated that people can fight for what they believe in, and their representatives will respond. We may have stopped the bill, but we all know there is more where that came from.
So keep up the fight. Keep organizing. Stay loud. Call our senators. Write to them. Make sure they know that Hoosiers stand with Planned Parenthood, and we have the power to vote them out of office if they continue refusing to represent us.