I was lazily lounging on the couch with my husband and two dogs last night when the notification popped up on my phone: A majority draft opinion by the Supreme Court had been leaked. Frantically, I sat up and read the opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. Like so many of you, my heart stopped and my stomach lurched as I read those words. And while I’d been preparing for such a decision from the ultraconservative Supreme Court for months, it still knocked the wind out of me. To be sure, this is a draft. Abortion is still legal. But it appears that it won’t be shortly.
There’s never been a more urgent time for secular activists to mobilize.
As you have conversations in person and on social media, you will undoubtedly see a lot of misinformation about abortion. It can be tempting to get into the weeds with people, but I recommend that you keep these messages at the forefront:
• Abortion is a human right.
• Abortion is a common medical procedure.
• Abortion is health care.
• Abortion is a safe procedure.
• There is a reason that every single legitimate medical association and rights organization supports and advocates for the expansion of abortion care — not its restriction.
• The only organized opposition to abortion is religious in nature.
• A secular nation has no business infusing religious ideology into health care laws, including reproductive care.
• Health care should reflect science — not religion.
To help you better share these concepts, I have included a curated list of FFRF blog posts that demystify abortion. These articles cite evidence-based studies and research — not biblical scripture. Please share these articles with your network.
• Reproductive health is a state/church issue.
• You are not your own: a reflection on the bible and abortion legislation.
• To be anti-abortion is to be anti-science.
• Abortion bans further threaten victims of domestic violence.
• Abortion bans would spike pregnancy-related deaths.
• This is the endgame for all of these abortion restrictions.
• We need to codify abortion rights.
• Guide: Fight for abortion rights with FFRF.
I also encourage you to make a donation to the Women’s Medical Fund of Wisconsin, which was co-founded by Anne Nicol Gaylor, FFRF’s principal founder. Gaylor oversaw this fund as a volunteer from the late 1970s until her death in 2015. The fund annually helps an average of 900-1,000 Wisconsin residents without access receive an abortion. Make a donation, deductible for income-tax purposes.
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The future appears grim, but together we can make a difference.