Never under estimate the power of a woman; especially a pregnant woman.
The determination of Galicia Malone will be remembered for a very long time, especially at the voting polls in Dolton, Illinois. Malone was pregnant with her first child and went into spontaneous labor. It was the moment every pregnant woman lives for: her water broke and her contractions were coming every five minutes. Did she go directly to the hospital? No, she went to her voting polls to cast her vote in our very contentious 2012 Presidential election. Ironically, the name of the voting poll was New Life Church.
Malone arrived to the polls and asked for a seat as the pain continued and the poll workers immediately rushed her to the front of the line. Malone was pregnant with her first baby and it was also her first time to vote. She appeared in pain as she voted according to the election workers. After Malone finished voting, she drove herself to the hospital and it is presumed that she had her baby. Malone’s story is not only inspiring but is a metaphor about the will and determination not only of a pregnant woman, but also of our country.
Election Day of 2012 is now over but stories, such as Malone’s will be remembered. The will and spirit of Malone exemplifies the spirit of human experience. On one of the most important days of her life as a pregnant woman about to give birth to her first child, she exercised her civic duty and right under the Constitution of the United States and voted. Malone, at the tender age of 21, knew how important this election was as did millions of Americans in the U.S. This election was important to me on a personal note, because I, along with thousands of other physicians, fought hard for the Affordable Care Act to be passed so that 32 million uninsured Americans could finally receive healthcare.
I hope the story about Galicia Malone inspires all pregnant women to fully comprehend both their power and their potential. If you were pregnant and in labor, would you stop to vote? Drop me a line and let me know.