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Taking the good with the bad

Hey APW,

I’m not going to sugar coat it: what a horrific week to be a person of reproductive age with a uterus. Fresh on the heels of Georgia’s law banning all abortions after six weeks (which might as well be a full abortion ban), and allowing women to be investigated for having a miscarriage—Alabama passed a total ban on abortions, with no exemptions for rape or incest. While the ACLU has moved to challenge these laws immediately, they are clearly designed to head straight to the Supreme Court, in an attempt to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Disturbingly enough, our ability to control our own bodies now hangs on Chef Justice John Roberts. We can only hope that his desire to uphold American’s faith in the court as a non-partisan institution will drive him to chip away at Roe incrementally, instead of wholesale. And that is little hope indeed.

In the meantime, while visions of The Handmaid’s Tale flash through my head, I’ve been trying to focus on what is in front of me right now. This week, we were lucky enough to help out at a photoshoot for my friend Liz, who’s launching a womxn-focused community project. (The picture above is Liz making Chelsea and I hold hands for a photo, and it amuses me greatly.) Being around communities of womxn always gives me a little more hope, and replenishes me in a way that allows me to take more action. So, I’m focusing on that right now, and trying to be grateful for each and every good thing, instead of focusing on what I fear is a wall of darkness in front of us.

And on a personal note, Refinery 29 is doing a series of articles for Jewish Heritage Month. I’m grateful for this, as one of many Jewish Women who have been pushing hard to have you #IncludeJewsInYourActivism. Their article on how Anti-Semitism is the oldest conspiracy in the world is a depressing but vitally important read.

And with that, the comments are open.

With Hope,

Meg

Further Reading on this horror show

How both sides are responding to the Alabama bill

What the anti-choice issue means to evangelicals, and—most terrifyingly—how this plays into 2020

More scary news featuring 2020 and the anti-choice movement

It’s time for men to speak out on this issue, loudly and clearly

This extreme bill may well upset more moderately minded (but equally anti-choice) conservatives’ plans

Where your donation money is going in Alabama

And a glimmer of hope from law professor Mary Ziegler, who argues this bill may be too extreme, even for some extremists

Living in Alabama is complicated

Abortion is still legal and safe in Alabama and Georgia

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