A Brief History of Roe v. Wade
Last night, as I finished watching an episode of “The Dropout”, I received a text from a dear friend with whom I’m planning on spending the weekend. I thought it would be about what we plan on wearing to her friends’ wedding, or where we should meet once my plane lands. But instead it was this: “So excited to see you especially after this sh*t fu*king news.” My friend is an abortion advocate, and fierce defender of women’s reproductive rights — someone who plans marches, and creates flash mobs in Washington. I knew that if I looked at the news it wasn’t going to be good. And that it would have nothing to do with our trip, or the Met Gala — the other news item that had been grabbing headlines last night.
And there it was, splashed across the New York Times website: “Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows.” My heart did double flips in my chest. I’m the founder of Not Safe For Mom Group — a community where moms can talk about all taboo topics without fear of judgment — as well as a co-founder of Chamber of Mothers — whose mission is to unite mothers as advocates to create a better America for future generations. I know how this news is going to hit our already exhausted communities. This news will have lasting implications on the women in our country, particularly Black women and women of color. Tens of millions of women could soon be stripped of the constitutional rights they’ve held true for half a century.