#16. Learn the stances of your political representatives.

Once you know what your reps’ think, you can use the information to inform your voting decisions and even strategies about who to work with to advance or oppose relevant legislation. Even if you’re not particularly politically inclined, on a social level you now have the information available to share with others when talking about abortion.

Research both what your representatives have stated and what they’ve done (voting record, actions in office) regarding abortion. Claiming to be against abortion is one thing; doing something about it is another. If some of your reps haven’t said or done enough to give you a clear idea, contact their offices and ask them to clarify their stances.

The federal government has influence here, but don’t neglect your state and local governments. Often change begins locally. Investigate your reps’ stances at every level:

  • federal (president, vice president, U.S. senators, U.S. representatives)
  • state (governors, lieutenant governors, state senators, state representatives or state assembly members)
  • local (mayors, city councilmembers)

Consider also representatives in other offices that may be relevant (attorney general, state attorney general, state superintendents, state controllers, county supervisors, county district attorneys, county sheriffs, etc.) You can find your representatives by entering your address at CommonCause.org.

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