As a white middle-class gay man who grew up in West Virginia, I never felt that the subject of abortion applied to me. Why this? I didn’t need anyone, nor did I have a partner. I never learned about it in my high school curriculum, and it was rarely mentioned in college. Ro v. Wade In my study of political science or women’s studies, when I consider myself a supporter of elections, I have never felt that I have a stake in the framework of reproductive rights or justice.
I remember sitting in my little college apartment when I cheered on the live stream of Wendy Davis’ movie Buster in Texas in 2013, and I remember going through the historical news coverage. Was Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt Supreme Court decision in 2016. Yet, I have never felt these changes come at home in the scenario of access to safe, affordable abortion. I have found that feeling comfortable and satisfied with my life is not an excuse to remain silent, and at least working is not the same as being an ally.
Sixteen years ago this month I started visiting my friends. My allies My friends, all the women accepted me without any question. Living in a small rural town in West Virginia, the stigma attached to being a gay man often felt like an unbearable burden: the fear of how my family, friends, teachers, or pastor would react. Can show, and the potential embarrassment that can follow. Fear of judgment haunted me for a while. Instead of owning something, I felt compelled to keep it a secret, as if my being or living the truth was wrong. Thankfully, I have always been able to reach out to my friends and allies for support.
The ugly stain and shame that I was forced into as a teenager is like the ugly stain and shame that is unjustly forced on those who have had an abortion. Fear of judgment by those closest to you, condemnation from people with different ideological views, and in some cases, a deep personal effort to reconcile what is best for you and your religious or political affiliation. ۔ Wrong.
Of Dobs Judgment is coming, and this is just the beginning.
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When I think of people who have made me hate provocative, anti-gay people, I am relieved to know that their influence is minimal. However, this is no longer the case for abortion caregivers in the South and Midwest. Since last September, abortion procedures have been banned in Texas after six weeks (when many people do not even know they are pregnant), and protesters have been encouraged with unchecked options. ۔ Texas SB 8 allows anyone to assist in the abortion process after six weeks, before many people know they are pregnant, to be sued: providers, physicians, nurses Pastor, even the person who takes you to the clinic.
Worst of all, the person suing you could be anyone on the street; anyone who suspects you of breaking the law.
Make no mistake: the same forces that are working tirelessly to ban abortion are ready to end the marital equality at the first opportunity.
Over the past two years working at Whole Women’s Health, an independent abortion provider, I have come to see the role that abortion care plays in our communities. With nine clinics across the country and a virtual care program that serves five states and counts by offering abortion pills by mail, we serve every community in which we live, work, Is unique Their population, geography, culture, and the barriers they may face to abortion care are all different. We saw for ourselves the problems SB8 created in Texas and because of that people who had to look for out-of-state care, and the increased and tiring waiting times that people have. Still facing
Let me be clear: abortion is not an abstract idea. When you hear about any restrictions, bans or laws to prevent abortion, you are talking about real human beings who have to travel thousands of miles to choose their health care. Are forced. Working in this field has taught me that abortion is a moral virtue and those of us who support the right to choose stand in the light.
We must fight for reproductive rights as hard as we fought for equality in marriage. As we celebrate the month of pride, you’ll probably see dozens of articles featuring companies that show off their advocacy and support for LGBTQ communities but have also embraced gay and anti-abortion politics. Millions have been donated to the grain. We have highlighted the proponents of fair weather who support us only when it is conducive to their image. So, now is the time to follow it. Take a moment to focus on the struggle of your true allies. Participate in the marches as we did in the Pride Parade. Participate in abortion rights rallies as we did for equality in marriage. Now is the time to rally against those politicians who want to block people’s right to abortion with the same energy that we use to protest against those who take a stand against our community.
The Supreme Court’s draft opinion, which was leaked in May, shows us all a deeply divided court with a staunch conservative majority, which is likely to be overturned. Ro v. Wade Any moment now. When that happens, abortion will not only be banned in Texas but will be completely criminalized. At least 25 other states are expected to follow the same path of banning abortion in the coming weeks and months. Until then, many TRAP laws (targeted restrictions on abortion providers that make it difficult to offer care) and other unconstitutional restrictions on abortion services before the fetus becomes viable will remain in place.
It may be difficult to see the line between reproductive rights and marital equality, but the lines are becoming clearer every day. Make no mistake: the same forces that are working tirelessly to ban abortion are ready to end the marital equality at the first opportunity. In fact, they are now ready to say it out loud. Texas lawmakers are planning to force legislation that could potentially turn history around. Aubergfield vs. Hodges. If they can come for our allies, they can come for us.
Homosexuals are always at war in the court of public opinion. It is easy to focus only on the laws, restrictions and opposing forces that affect our own lives and well-being. Not so long ago, I was unaware of abortion providers and people are struggling to ensure their right to abortion. We deserve to stand with those who stand with us in the Pride Parade when their rights are questioned. We are undoubtedly together in this.
For those of you who are not satisfied with the fight for access to abortion, I commend you. For those of you who, like me, are on the sidelines, it doesn’t take long for them to become allies of your ally. Here are some book and movie recommendations to help get you up to speed on the abortion scenario and the battle ahead.
Movies: If these walls can talk (1996), 12th and Delaware (2010), Stuck (2016)
Books: Run your abortion. By Amelia Bono and Emily Knox (2018) New Handbook for Postro America By Robin Marty (2019), You are the only one I have mentioned. By My King (2020)