Becca Balint Defends ‘Fundamental’ Reproductive Rights as She Aims to Be 1st Woman To Rep Vermont in Congress
Becca Balint put simply a teacher, parent, Senator, Vermonter. But when she ran as a Democrat for her state’s only seat in Congress, it was all about the people of her great state. “I love people,” she said HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview, in the short days leading up to the November 8 midterm elections, “What drives me is that I love people. And I want to work hard, but I also want to have fun in it.” Becca, 54, is running for a Vermont seat in the US Congress against Republicans Liam Madden, a first-time candidate. If she wins, she will be the first woman to represent her state, making it a historic auction. She will also be the first openly gay person to represent Vermont in Congress. The winner will succeed the outgoing Democrat Peter Welch.
And as Becca shared with us, she is continuing to work for the “fundamental right” of abortion for women. Luckily, she shared, Vermont got off to a good start – but also claims Madden is turning against her. “I did a lot of work on reproductive rights in Vermont,” she explains, noting that Vermont codified Roe V. Wade’s statute before the Supreme Court’s decision to revoke it last month. 6. Taking it one step further, Becca said, they moved to “have a constitutional amendment in Vermont to guarantee reproductive freedom.” As it moves through the chain, reaching voters in November, Balint insists that Vermont voters have a chance to address this constitutional amendment — but Madden is working to scrap it. “He doesn’t support that constitutional amendment,” she said.
“And that was absolutely an important disagreement between us,” she continued. “He doesn’t have any experience.” During the final debates, Balint said he was asked why he didn’t support a woman “absolutely” qualifying for Congress – given the state’s history of never sending a woman. She revealed: “And he basically said, ‘it doesn’t really matter when there’s gender diversity in elected office. “And I think it’s the complete opposite, which says a lot, when you think about his views on reproductive freedom. The conversations are different when there are women in the room talking about reproductive health.”
Obviously, it’s a red flag for Balint, whose visionary helped systematize Roe before its ouster turned into a national women’s healthcare crisis. “We have to get a better understanding of framing this as about fundamental rights and equity,” she explains. “And this is the first time in modern political history that we have a Supreme Court disenfranchised.” For her stepdaughter to have fewer rights than previous generations is unacceptable for Balint, who has two stepchildren – a 12-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son with his wife, opera singer and law. monk. Elizabeth Wohl.
“Most Americans, even if they don’t follow politics closely, understand that we don’t want the highest court in the country, in terms of depriving people of human rights,” Mr. Balint said. “And that’s essentially what happened.” Her concerns are raised, and rightfully so. “I am concerned about Justice Thomas and his relationship to the uprising,” she said HollywoodLife. “And the next path is same-sex marriage. Most people understand the issues of fairness and equality. And all of this is part of a larger attack on women’s rights. This is the backlash.”
Often these “fundamental issues of bodily autonomy” can be “behind the bread and butter of inflation” and other everyday problems, she notes. “We have to get better,” she said. “Those of us who care deeply about reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, we must continue to shape it because we are defending your rights and the opportunity for equity and fair in this country.”
As she and her wife continue to raise a teenage daughter, Becca also notes that she’s heard from Vermonters that they’re scared about where to send their daughters to college. “They said, ‘I’m really worried about where my kids will go to college,’” Balint notes. “’I don’t want them to go to college without reproductive rights. I don’t want them to fall into a terrible personal dynamic where they can’t make decisions about their own body. ‘ Because there are fundamentalists, basically. And they are supporters who have hijacked the system for political gain. This is not to protect people. It’s about the political game. And yes, it makes me angry. Made me really angry.”
It’s not the only personal issue facing the famous politician. She also takes a hard line on gun safety in a state with a strong rural hunting culture. As a mother and former middle school teacher, the growing gun violence crisis in the classroom and elsewhere prompted her to take action. While hunting in the countryside continues, “there are a lot of people who are gun owners who also believe you can’t own an assault rifle,” Ms Balint said. “There are a lot of people who support the Second Amendment and don’t want to see their children killed in schools.”
So, she said some of the work she’s “most proud of” involves gun safety measures. “We were able to pass universal background checks, we were able to really focus on closing the Charleston loophole and some other really important parts of preventing gun violence, ‘ she talked about her time as a Senator.
When it comes to full circle, Becca, who is supported by HerBoldMove, says it is the “health of democracy” that is at stake, as is the midterm approach. And that’s no small matter. “The overarching issue for voters in Vermont, what I hear is that their primary concern is about the health of the democracy itself,” she said. “People are concerned that we are slipping into authoritarianism. They are very concerned about elements in the GOP who clearly do not believe that the government believes in free and fair elections. And that’s absolutely front and center for a lot of people thinking about issues at the federal level. “
And whether it’s voting denial, housing issues, or gun safety, Becca Balint is clearly on top and focused on issues that matter to Vermonters. To learn more about her campaign for the US Congress, visit her website here. To register to vote, visit Vote.org.