I wasn’t planning to write a post for today. Last thing I wanted was to have to write this post. But … as a woman, as a mother, as a daughter, as a deeply saddened–and angry–citizen of this country … here it is. A post that says “Your Voice Matters.” I sincerely hope we all use our voices now.
I have no shiny pearls of wisdom to offer. Nothing to say that has not been said.
Yet, I must share that I have pain in my heart for all who will be directly affected by last Friday’s Supreme Court decision. Pain for women in states that will, or already have, banned women’s right to choose. Women, without the means (these are always the women who carry the heaviest burdens) to travel to states where abortions are still legal. Women who will feel compelled to make the choice to have unsafe, illegal abortions. Women whose miscarriages will now become suspect.
And I have pain in my heart for all of us. We are all impacted by this clear message. The message that our highest court does not value or respect women but, instead, believes women need to be contained, controlled, and cannot be trusted to make decisions that dramatically affect their own lives.
It Will Not End Here
We are quickly sliding down a slippery slope.
It will not end here. Not when such arrogance and hubris go unchecked.
Thursday, it was guns. (I cannot even begin today to share my horror on that SCOTUS decision.)
Marriage equality, contraception … Buckle up. We will soon see which rights this court (and anti-abortion legislators) will try to overturn next.
I am far from a doom and gloom person.
And still, I fear an avalanche has begun—a quick and thorough tumbling of rights.
It is unbelievable—truly—yet we MUST believe.
It is overwhelming—truly—yet we CANNOT turn away.
It is my hope—and I still have hope—that we will all take at least one action this week to regain and protect our freedoms.
Whether it’s a donation, a march, a call(s) to representatives, a commitment to vote. Whether it’s sharing your own abortion or gun violence story.
Please, take at least one action this week.
Below are links to a variety of ways you can make your voice heard.
How to Support Women’s Choice:
How to Support Gun Control Efforts:
I am grateful for the bipartisan gun bill that President Biden signed into law on Saturday, but there is much more that needs to be done. Here are some ways you can help:
YOUR VOICE MATTERS
I have always been an advocate for making space for all voices. I have always believed in the power of voice.
Now is the time to make yours heard. Exercise the rights you still have.
Thank you for listening.
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