When I was verbally attacked earlier this year, I was heartened by the many Americans who reached out in support, regardless of their politics. President Obama was one of them. He condemned those hateful words and supported my right to speak without being attacked.

Mr. Romney was not. When Rush Limbaugh called me a “slut” and a “prostitute” for speaking about medical needs for contraception, Mr. Romney could only say that it “wasn’t the language [he] would have used.” If Mr. Romney can’t stand up to the extreme voices in his own party, we know he’ll never stand up for women and protect the rights that generations of women fought so hard to ensure.

As we register to vote — as we walk into the voting booth — we must remember the choice we’re making. One option is a candidate who promises to turn back the clock on women’s rights and our access to health care.