My Sister’s Keeper…Roe Vs Wade

I’m Tired Of Telling Trauma Stories For Little Girls Who Don’t Know How To Tell Their Own

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Devastation. Heart Break. Soul cracked. Miserable. Sad, depressed, angry, and utterly revolted, are just some of the words that describe how I and millions of women around the world are feeling right now.

Roe v. Wade, legal case in which the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, ruled (7–2) that unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional. In a majority opinion written by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, the Court held that a set of Texas statutes criminalizing abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy, which it found to be implicit in the liberty guarantee of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (“…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”). Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2022. — Britannica.Com

To millions of women and girls, the very existence of Roe Vs Wade meant that they were clinically safer — they were provided better mental health care BECAUSE Roe vs Wade existed in their lifetime.

Growing up as a child I had no idea what those three words meant. No one explained them to me until last year when I really started digging into what it means for me to be a woman whose pronouns are they/them.

I learned that in America — because of Roe vs Wade — if I needed to have an emergency abortion, the government couldn’t stop me.

I also learned that if I were a pregnant child who’d only gotten pregnant through rape, the government was providing services that helped to keep me and my potential baby safe, should I choose to keep the child brought about through rape.

Planned Parenthood traces its beginnings to the birth control movement led by Margaret Sanger and her colleagues, who opened the nation’s first birth control clinic in 1916 in a poverty-stricken neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York. Created to free women from the “chronic condition” of pregnancy and the dangers of self-induced abortion, the clinic was shut down by police after only 10 days. Sanger and the others were imprisoned for violating the anti-obscenity Comstock Act of 1873. Sanger’s continuing efforts led to the foundation of both the American Birth Control League in 1921 and the Birth Control Federation of America in 1939, which became Planned Parenthood in 1942. — Britannica.Com

Planned Parenthood was one of those organizations that I have truly admired from afar, not just because of the work they do, but the fact that they have LITERALLY helped generations of women and girls, and seen some of those women and girls go to do amazing things because they had access to the services of Planned Parenthood.

Now it goes without saying that abortions are going to continue in America, whether they are legal or not, but the problem is that they won’t be safe abortions. They won’t be medically cleared, and women and girls are going to die. And we’ve already been there.

Roe vs Wade existed because we’ve been there because women were dying at alarming rates, and hundreds of thousands of women fought so that women would stop dying from illegal and bad abortions.

Yet here we are again.

You ask me why I care, I’m in Canada, and how does this affect me? Do you really think the rape, torture, and death of women and girls across the world doesn’t affect me knowing that it could be me at any moment?

After what I’ve been through? Can you really imagine after being raped and tortured by white supremacy and the patriarchy I’d ever want any woman or girl to go through the shit I did? The answer is obviously no.

I care because these are my sisters, each and every woman and girl — and yes trans and non-binary women as well, are mine. Eve Dallas gets dead, and I get the living, that’s the fucking rule.

I can tell you that right now, a pregnant girl, who got raped by a family member, is sitting in her room, or a forest, or a park, HER head is bowed, and she’s seriously contemplating suicide because SHE knows, that HER rights don’t matter.

The removal and destruction of Roe Vs Wade have proven that to her, and there is not going to be anything that any of us can say that will stop her, because being dead for her, will be to her mind, easier than living in THIS world.

Every single day, women are losing less and less of their rights, rights that were given to them at birth, simply because they existed. Every day for centuries women have been beaten, tortured, branded, raped, abused, destroyed, by the male ego, and it’s not getting any better.

Let’s be honest, I could give you a list of things that would make shit better, but let me be really fucking honest. I am depressed. I’ve been living with depression since I “woke up” from the abusive hypnotism that kept me asleep to all the shit that I’d been through. Not being fully aware of myself kept me alive, but now that I am, yeah I have days when I want to end it all.

This is a hard world to live in, but especially so if you are a woman, transgender, racially identifiable, disabled, and on and on. There are thousand bazillion reasons that this world is a hard place to exist in, let alone live in.

But we keep fighting because we want our daughters to have a better life, so I am asking you, if you have the ability to say something about Roe Vs Wade, if you have the ability to see inside yourself and see the superpowers of your artwork, your coding skills, your whatever you’re good at super power, please use it now.

America may not be “our” homeland and it may not be “our” country, but the women and children of America need our help nonetheless.

If we as human beings, regardless of our race, creed, nationality, size, orientation, and colour, don’t stand up for what’s happening around the world it won’t be long before we really are living in the dystopian nightmares we love to read about because “it could never happen here.”

It can, it does, and it is happening here, day by day little by little, our rights are being stripped away from us, all of us. Men, and women alike, and everyone in between.

Sending all my love,

Devon J Hall and the Loud Mouth Brown Girl Hive

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