What lies in the future for Jordan may remain unknown at present, but she brought her health care message Saturday to
She talked about when her mom, who at 30 years old had to have an emergency hysterectomy because of the discovery of stage four uterine cancer, something that wasn't discovered earlier because she couldn't afford regular visits to the doctor.
Jordan said it was a particularly scary time for her, and now also sees how the recovery period must have been especially frightening for her mother.
"She survived by the grace of God, but that experience has stayed with me throughout my life," Jordan said. "The lack of access to basic, essential health care -- pap smears, contraception, things all of us in this room may take for granted. This lack of access for poor, frightened women in this state, working mothers who are raising children, is simply untenable. It hasn't gotten any better."
She said they were part of the working poor that gets stuck in the insurance gap -- not able to qualify for assistance, but not able to afford decent insurance coverage. Jordan added that every
She noted that's more pronounced in poor, rural areas of the state, and worse for black women in particular.
"You are four times more likely to die in childbirth if you are a black woman in this state...," Jordan said. "It is something that kind of blows you away, when you think of where are our priorities in terms of health care."
She said that after the last legislative session, Republican lawmakers shouldn't be able to coast into reelection next year.
"What H.B. 481 showed us is that one vote, two votes, three votes, actually makes a difference," Jordan said. "And, we have made so many strides in the last few years that if you can pick off one seat, if you catch lightning in a bottle, it can stop a bill like this."
She pointed out that it happened in her district, a
"When you talk about community, I want a progressive Democrat to get on city councils, making major decisions, especially in rural and red areas across the state, to regain the trust of their fellow neighbor," White said. "And when their fellow neighbor trusts them, when they decide to run for that hard
She also emphasized the necessity of capitalizing on
That indicates there may be more action along the coast in the coming year, as state Rep.
She drew 42.2 percent of the vote against Hogan, losing by 3,314 votes of the 21,360 votes cast.
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