When heads are down, concentrating on the creative process or diligently revising/editing, say, to meet a deadline to a publisher, how much mind space do you have for social issues? I hope it’s some.
No matter where you live, you have probably heard the news that the U.S. Supreme Court rolled back 50 years of nationwide abortion access. Before and after the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision protecting a woman’s right to privacy and to make her own autonomous reproductive health decisions, the U.S. was taking measures to improve equality in other areas as well. Women in the U.S. are furious about the reversal of Roe vs. Wade and it happened in a world where most countries are doing much better. It’s made me think about how I should use my voice as a writer to respond to this dangerous prevention of access to essential reproductive health.
After the decision was announced last week, a physician friend of mine posted on social media:
“… people now want to give personhood to a fetus. Perhaps if they were to encounter an actual fetus they might realize how ridiculous this notion is. A fetus is simply human shaped tissue. I can say with complete conviction after performing or assisting with hundreds of abortions, a fetus is not alive, it does not behave like a human being, but it does leach energy and nutrients from its mother, while at the same time creating changes in her body that cause increasing risks to her health and well-being.”
Well said, thank you doctor.
I applaud him for using his knowledge to educate and object.
This photo is from the Women’s March in Washington D.C. the weekend that Donald Trump was inaugurated. It was prompted following multiple statements by him that were considered by many as anti-women and otherwise offensive.
When you see or experience injustice, do you use your writing voice to push for change? Pen a letter to the editor a news organization? Write a short statement on a piece of cardboard and march with it?