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Together we move forward. Always, forward.

I hesitate to post this because I know it is a controversial topic. But, then I think why? It shouldn’t be a controversial topic. Women should always have the right to make decisions for themselves. To be treated equally under the laws of our land. 

My immediate response to the Dobbs decision was anger and sadness. I think about all of the women who face the insanely tough decision on whether to end a pregnancy because of health concerns. I think about the one in five women who have been raped in the United States (according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). I think about all the women who did everything they could to prevent pregnancy but it failed. This opinion is a painful one for women and the men that love them. 

This opinion is also painful for the justice system. The Supreme Court is to be our impartial branch of the government. The Court was created to ensure that legislators do not infringe upon the rights of the citizens of this country. SCOTUS was never intended, and never should be, a political arm of the government. Yet, this decision indicates that politics prevail over precedent.

This means that our citizens will no longer have the ability to challenge laws that infringe on our rights that have been significantly expanded since our constitution was drafted, or if they do, it will be a futile challenge. No part of our government will protect the freedom that this country has grown to cherish. The legislature, which remains in a deadlock across political lines, cannot help us. The president, whose authority is limited by the legislature, cannot help us. The United States government is no longer a system of checks and balances.

Rights of BIPOC will be rolled back. Rights for LGBTQ will be rolled back. The rights to marry someone of a different race, for women to apply for credit cards, to access concentraception, etc. All of the decisions founded in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution are on the chopping block. 

Even the strongest advocates against abortion should be terrified of the impact of this decision. It means that you are not safe, and never will be safe, relying on precedent. It means that there is no one to protect you if your state government passes a law that infringes on your rights. Maybe overturning Roe doesn’t directly impact you but I promise you that it impacts someone you’re close to. If it doesn’t, the next opinion will. 

It’s easy to feel hopeless in this situation but this is no time to rest. Women and our allies must stand up. We must openly discuss our experiences with abortion access and contraception. We must protest, donate, and talk about these issues. We must vote and encourage others to vote for representatives that will protect our fundamental freedoms. More than anything, women must continue to kick ass in business, raise open-minded children, and defy societal norms. We will work together to protect our rights because if we don’t, no one will. 

Together, we move forward. Always, forward.