• Taylor Nakakihara

It's Friday, June 24th 2022. And I am yet another angry American woman.

Maybe I am the biggest idiot for having any hope that this wouldn't happen, but today marks an awful day in history - the American Supreme Court has overturned the ruling decision found in Roe Vs. Wade and thus has ended American women's constitutional right to abortion, leaving the decision up to individual states.

Somehow, many pages into the verdict things get worse. Justice Clarence Thomas has provided us with a pretty clear warning that other Supreme Court cases governing sex and marriage could also be in jeopardy.

In the thread that this tweet came from, someone pointed out that Justice Thomas could easily also come for the Loving v. Virginia verdict and grandfather himself and his interracial marriage in so that he and his friend's marriages aren't illegal, just everyone else's.

I don't want to be a professional today.

I don't want to be productive.

I want someone to hear and feel how scared and angry I am.

I want to check in with my white male partner and make sure he respects what I'm feeling, and even further I have to (again) make sure we're on the same page about these issues that directly affect us.

I want to hear that my company is aware of the news and is going to do the work to keep a health insurance provider that covers birth control and emergency contraception.

I want to connect with my friends and feel confident that I have a strong support system across multiple states - and I want my friends to know that I'm there for them.

I want to have time to look up resources in my area and make a plan that I hope I will never have to use.

Arizona primary elections are coming up this year - I have started my research on the candidates I will choose, and I encourage you to do the same as well. Pay attention to how they have voted and acted in the past, and pay attention to how they respond to current events. Look at their Tweets and their replies. Look at who they follow and like content from. Thankfully Arizona candidates seem unafraid to share their firm stances on abortion access, and I refuse to vote for anyone who brings their religious beliefs into the picture.

I will be contacting my primary care provider and women's health provider to check that they will not restrict my access to care past the legal restrictions due to their own beliefs. Should I find out their personal opinions take precedence over my care, I will happily leave a public review to prevent other women from joining their practice and later having their rights restricted.

I am staunchly pro-choice - the choice is yours, not mine, and it's neither my place nor my problem to make you see things the way I do until you start forcing your views upon me. VICE World News has an incredible video focusing on a few Mississippi teens discussing abortion. One of the most powerful aspects of this video is that these teens are able to participate in this discourse and look critically at how it relates to their personal views. Furthermore, they are able to respect each other's opinions and remain open to other perspectives even though they know they directly challenge their own - a task that the adults in charge are apparently not capable of.

The New York Times has a very helpful infographic to help you understand how your state will be affected by this Supreme Court ruling. This is a NYT Gift link, so it should allow anyone to access the information without a subscription. Please contact me directly if the link does not work and I will be happy to share it with you.

I am ready to fight for the version of America I deserve to live in - a land of the free where women are valued and enjoy the bodily autonomy men don't even know they have.

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