So the Super Bowl is over and the RED team won.. All in all it was a great game and halftime show! But now it’s time for the BLUE team to win in Roevember! Let’s hope for NO overtime, though..
All hands on deck, since it looks like it’s up to US to save our democracy this Roevember… SCOTUS sounds poised to allow the orange man to be on the ballot in Colorado and likely all 50 states in some fashion. The argument that ‘to leave something so crucial up to the states is absurd‘ cut like a knife in the aftermath and chaos that Dobbs has brought across the land.
“Policing the Womb – Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood” by Michele Goodwin
Policing The Womb brings to life the chilling ways in which women have become the targets of secretive state surveillance of their pregnancies.
Michele Goodwin expands the reproductive health and rights debate beyond abortion to include how legislators increasingly criminalize women for miscarriages, stillbirths, and threaten the health of their pregnancies.
The author shows how prosecutors may abuse laws and infringe women’s rights in the process, sometimes with the complicity of medical providers who disclose private patient information to law enforcement.
These laws assign extraordinary powers to state authorities over reproductive freedom and pregnancies. Thus, the laws disenfranchise people with uteruses, particularly poor women and women of color.
This timely book brings to light how unrestrained efforts to punish and police women’s reproduction has led the U.S. to become the deadliest developed country in the world for pregnant people!
“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” ― Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou, (1928–2014) was an American memoirist, poet, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and an extensive list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees in her lifetime.
Angelou’s series of seven autobiographies focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I know why the caged bird sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
This quote highlights the wisdom and strength of a woman who seeks to navigate life with grace, self-respect, and empowerment.
Angelou’s words emphasize her desire for peaceful coexistence and her refusal to be subjected to the mistreatment or oppression of others.
We all should strive to be like Maya..
We Testify – abortion storytellers speak their truth
We Testify is an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions. They aim to increase the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere, and shift the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care.
Specifically, We Testify invests in abortion storytellers to elevate their voices and expertise. In particular, they focus on stories from people of color, from rural and conservative communities, queer-identified, those with varying abilities and citizenship statuses, and those who needed support navigating barriers while accessing abortion care.
Thus, they unapologetically believe that people who have abortions are our future. They also believe that everyone who has abortions deserves unconditional love and support.
Not surprisingly, they feel people who have abortions deserve to be in every space where decisions are being made. They say, “to borrow from the disability justice movement, there should be nothing about us without us”…
We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for!
Colin Allred running for senate to beat Ted Cruz in Texas
Colin Allred IS Texas! A fourth generation Texan, Colin was raised in Dallas by a single mom, who was a public school teacher. With help from his aunt and uncle, he and his mom moved to North Dallas. When not at a YMCA camp, he often spent summers visiting his grandmother in Brownsville, where his grandfather was a customs officer after fighting in the Pacific with the Navy in World War II.
In Congress, Colin has shown he’s more interested in getting things done than playing politics. Consequently, he has several major bipartisan initiatives including:
- Bringing a new VA Hospital to Garland
- Strengthening the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal
- Passing an historic investment in rebuilding our roads and bridges
- Working with Texas Senator John Cornyn to pass the first meaningful gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years
And he’ll be a million times better than the other guy he will replace!
Tennessee Forces Women to Flee to get healthcare
Not surprisingly, abortion is illegal in Tennessee from fertilization, except to “prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman“.
In addition, Tennessee law requires pregnant people to wait 48-hrs, undergo biased counseling, an ultrasound, and prohibits public or private insurance funding.
The state also prohibits local governments from assisting someone to access an abortion, specifically targeting funding for out-of-state travel.
For example, K. Monica Kelly and Allie Phillips both had to travel out of state to get the care they needed.
In addition, state laws continue to require that a parent, legal guardian, or judge consent to a minor’s abortion.
All in all, seven women who were denied abortions in Tennessee, including Kelly and Phillips, have joined the Zurawski lawsuit with the Center for Reproductive Rights.
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