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Why I was at the Statehouse

I don’t like medical procedures; no one does. And what I dislike even more than having to check in with a doctor for a medical procedure is having to check in with a politician first. Do you see the point here?

If Jan needed a kidney transplant, and Joe’s kidney would save her, do we want the government forcing Joe to give his kidney to Jan? That’s what would save Jan’s life, after all. I would want Joe to give Jan his kidney based on my personal beliefs, but do I think the government should force him to? No. I think most would agree.

Let me give another example.

I had a miscarriage. At that time, I was also a public school teacher. In order to have as little interruption with my ability to work and take care of my family, my doctor recommended a D&C. With the legislation that is being proposed on Monday (July 25), doctors, in this situation, would not be allowed to perform a D&C (also known as an abortion) because, at the point that I initially miscarried, my life was not in danger.

I grew up in a household where my parents were both Republicans. Back then, being a Republican meant being fiscally conservative and encouraging personal responsibility, but we also counted on our government to well-fund the educational system. We understood that we needed the government well-funding things, like education and human and physical infrastructure, in order to give everyone their fairest shot at the American dream. I think most of us would agree that we need to get back to this.

I believe our government in Indiana should be empowering working families with the tools they need to live their best lives, like making sure all working families have access to affordable child care, well-funded public schools and access to high-speed, affordable, broadband internet.

When working families are doing well, that trickles out into the economy. When workers are able to be healthy and strong — because they have good health care — workers are able to work more, provide better for their families and feed the economy through their spending. When working families have access to affordable child care and a high-quality education within the public schools system, both parents can afford to work and feel confident that their children are safe and their minds are being nurtured. When working families have access to affordable broadband, they can keep working and learning, even from home.

The extremist politicians in Indiana want to distract us from the real issues at hand. Instead of focusing on legislating medical procedures, politicians in Indiana need to work on making our government work for working people.

Working families, small businesses and family farms are the backbone of the economy here in Southern Indiana. It’s time that our politicians got to work for them.

Editor’s note: Katie Forte lives is Corydon and is a District 47 candidate for the Indiana Senate.

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