ST. GEORGE – Concerned women are invited to the first gathering of the “Women are Watching and We Vote” group on Monday at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Gazebo at Vernon Worthen Park, 300 South 400 East, St. George.
Women are Watching and We Vote is affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Dorothy Engelman, one of the women organizing the group locally and chair of the Washington County Democratic Party, said it is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization. Engelman said that Nicole Lee, director of the Planned Parenthood office in St. George, and other concerned women, joins her in and is in charge of the organization effort.
“This is an outgrowth of the rallies yesterday,” Engelman said, “the rallies called ‘Unite Against the War on Women,’ and they were held throughout the country, including Salt Lake City.”
Women are Watching and We Vote purposes to strive to educate women and men across the country about the unprecedented attacks on women’s health and where candidates stand on pivotal health care issues, empower women to hold anti-women’s health candidates of either party accountable, and work to elect pro-women’s health candidates up and down the ballot.
The featured speaker at Monday night’s first meeting is Rev. Catherine Gregg, an ordained Episcopal Priest currently serving as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Saint George.
In all branches of government, the future of women’s health hangs in the balance. In 2012, women have the power to choose which candidates will ultimately determine whether our health will be supported and our health care remains accessible.
The organizers promote the gathering on Monday as an opportunity for like-minded women in Southern Utah to come together to determine how to make sure that current and future legislators realize the voting power of concerned, committed women. Women are watching, educating their friends, sharing, taking action, and this group promises, “WE WILL BE VOTING.”
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