By Ruta Sevo
Millennials — young people between the ages of 18 and 31 — are a powerful voting bloc. Yet 80 percent of this generation did not step up and vote in 2010. This election, there are compelling reasons why millennials should vote.
This election is about birth control. Seventy percent of millennials believe that sex outside of marriage is morally acceptable, and 84 percent of those who are single say that avoiding pregnancy is important to them. Yet legislators are rapidly taking the country back to a dark age for women, and for the men who love them, by limiting sex education, contraception, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, abortion and medical support. Sex education is so bad that we have male legislators who are not sure where babies come from and who debate what kind of rape is OK. Too many lawmakers want to spend time on mandatory vaginal probes instead of repairing roads and bridges.
Sevo is a consultant and member of American Association of University Women. She lives in Fairfax.