This Is A Call To Action

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This won’t be a long post.

At this point, I am willing to beg.

The reproductive rights of mothers, daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and future generations of women are in peril right now.

The abortion bans signed into state law will be challenged and those cases will make it to the supreme court. Roe v Wade is in very real danger.

My sorrow and anger suffocated me this morning. I had to go to work and concentrate on my job, all while choking back tears of rage and fear.

Randy and I decided we had to put our rage somewhere. We’ve decided to set up a monthly donation to the ACLU and secondly, stop talking about volunteering and actually volunteer.

We’re not sending a lot every month, just what we can afford. And I am not asking for you to make a monthly donation, but I am asking that you make a donation to the ACLU. Even 5 bucks. Anything. We need the ACLU and other organizations like Southern Poverty Law Center. We need their help and they have bills to pay. So, I am asking, please consider giving something if it is not a hardship.

Here is the link for Southern Poverty Law Center.

And here is the ACLU.

My other call-to-action is to all of our brothers.

We need allies now. We need allies more than ever.

Please call your elected officials and demand that women retain their autonomy. Call your brothers out when they need to be called out. We need your help. We don’t need you to fix anything, but we sure could use your help.

I’m not sure yet where we will be volunteering, Randy is working those details out. I think if I’m helpful, then maybe that will help a little.

If we focus on helping people, perhaps we’ll feel compassion, at least as often as we feel rage.

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  • We already donate to ACLU – will consider Southern Poverty Law. We also donate items to a local women’s shelter and money to My Sister’s Place, a New York advocacy & care charity.
    May I suggest readers look at charitynavigator.org before choosing, in order to ensure their hard-earned cash is wisely spent. There are many, many shelters and women’s resource groups that would be delighted at a few more bucks in the coffer, and Charity Nav can help folks find them all over the country.
    Thank you Michelle.

  • Good on you. This has nothing to do with the sanctity of life. This is about controlling women. One in four women in this country have had an abortion. There’s much support for Roe v Wade.
    I will happily escort any woman into a clinic. I will happily contribute to the ACLU. Have contributed to my favorite Dem POTUS candidate and will continue to do so. Mostly, I will continue to be involved in state and local politics to help vote out every Republican currently in office. That’s my pledge, and I will get my sisters in arms to do the same. Most of them are already involved at some level.
    Chipping away at Roe v Wade is like boiling alive. Alabama just went batshit. That may be a good thing that will get folks off their butts to fight the outrage. This is sickening.

  • Damn right I give to the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood. I do not regret my decision when I walked through those PP doors all those years ago. It was and is MY body, My choice! Who knew we would need to stand against “stupidity” so often?

  • I’ve been giving to Planned Parenthood every month for the past year, and I’m going to set up a monthly contribution to Emily’s List — dedicated to helping elect pro-choice women into government. I am beyond disgusted and appalled… I wonder how many of the men who voted for these laws have had girlfriends who’ve had abortions — probably MANY of them!!

  • I’ve never gotten a woman pregnant, but I’ve driven a few to the clinic for their appointment, and stayed with them to offer support in such a trying situation. I’ve never had much in the way of resources to offer, but that seemed like the least I could do.
    I got this email from Elizabeth Warren this morning, and I thought I would share it with you:

    I want to talk about what happened yesterday in Alabama.

    And this morning in Missouri. And last week in Georgia. And in Arkansas and Mississippi in March. And in North Dakota and Ohio in April.

    Right now, a woman’s constitutional right to abortion is under attack.

    States across the country are passing tighter and tighter restrictions making it harder, if not impossible, to access safe abortion or trying to ban it outright. In fact, most of these restrictions come into place before a woman would even know she’s pregnant.

    It’s important to say why this is happening right now: Republicans are on the march to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    And thanks to Donald Trump stacking the courts with anti-choice judges, that could be a real possibility.

    Access to safe, legal abortion is a constitutional right — and we’re going to fight this with everything we’ve got.

    I’ll have more details on how to fight back soon, but if you’d like to take action today, here are some options:

    ORGANIZE: If you are ready to organize and take action in your community, you can stay up-to-date on the latest news here: http://www.stopabortionbans.org.
    DONATE: If you want to help fund local groups on the frontlines of providing reproductive care, consider making a donation to the National Network of Abortion Funds.
    RUN: If you’re ready to kick anti-choice lawmakers out of office, learn more about running for office yourself here: dlcc.org, emilyslist.org, emergeamerica.org, runforsomething.net.

    Thanks for being in this fight,

    Elizabeth

  • I am with you although I do think that with rights comes a lot of responsibility. But that is another discussion. My question would be “Where are the men’s punishment in this discussion?” Putting men in jail for rape is not enough when it comes to jailing a woman for their choice to have sex and that choice results in an unwanted baby. You can bet that men would be a lot more careful if they knew that they would be called to account too. Hence, less pregnancies.

    What do you think?

  • We support the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, and subscribe to The New York Times–which doesn’t help, but we’ve got family members who insist that everything in the NYT is “fake news” and I get a kick out of pointing out that all it takes is one fact to counter such stupid blanket statements.
    Also my wife and I were talking about this the other day and she said that this is not about preventing abortion. It’s about preventing white women from having abortions because what terrifies these people the most is white people becoming a minority.
    Another important point she made: every pregnancy puts a woman’s life at risk.
    The saddest thing, though, is these people are fucking cowards. They go after the most vulnerable, and it’s not just abortion. The children of married same-sex couples born in another country are being denied citizenship by the State Department. This policy only applies to married same-sex couples, not heterosexual couples.
    They’re cowards and that’s why they go after the most vulnerable, but even though that makes it easier to stand up to them we still need to stand up.

  • Thanks Michelle. You are right and donations are critical. I am old enough to remember when Roe v Wade was passed. I can’t believe we are fighting this battle again.

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