Well, this just happened

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Probably my greatest regret in life is that I didn’t have kids. In particular, I really wanted a daughter. But today, I’m grateful that never happened, which makes me so sad and angry. My head is literally spinning at this news, even though we all knew it was coming. I’ll have more to say on this, but for now I wanted to give you all a space to share your thoughts.

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    Erika
    24 Jun 2022
    1:57pm

    And we also have a decision to make guns more available? Can this be real?

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      CarryOn
      25 Jun 2022
      2:48pm

      None of the horror avalanche of the last few days can be laid at Biden’s feet, to dispute some of my sisters here. HIs response reminded us that this isn’t the last word, that you get up from a gut punch and address the situation at hand, and you keep on fighting. We need to remember that his outsized remit within these precious few years includes restoring the process and institutions on top of the toxic rubble left by the previous administration, not to further subvert them by exercising powers he doesn’t have. The far right has played the long game here and brought us to this dire impasse, with a stacked Supreme Court on a mission to throw all civil rights and protections back to the states, with a Congress congratulating itself on gun control legislation that will likely bring us even more guns, with a gradual and intentional balkanization of the country that makes consensus-building of any kind a relic of the distant past. All this amid the ongoing grassroots efforts to de-legitimize the vote and basically eviscerate the electoral process. Stay in the fight, vote in every election like your granddaughter’s life depends on it (especially at the local school board level), and demand accountability.

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      Lisa
      24 Jun 2022
      6:48pm

      I loved RBG but I curse her now. I’m so angry. We needed her seat on the bench now more than ever.

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        JJ
        26 Jun 2022
        7:55pm

        I still love her — this is not her fault. Do we really believe that McConnell would have granted Obama a court appointment if she’d stepped down? Let’s keep there blame squarely where it belongs, with those who have wanted and worked for this ruling for decades.

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    Meg Stewart
    24 Jun 2022
    2:08pm

    I read the news and started sobbing. Then I dried my tears and resolved to FIGHT. Do not mess with a pissed off, post-menopausal, 55 year old woman! I’m planning to re-listen to the EITF podcast about the topic, the guests had some great tips for taking action. Donate locally, engage with State government, and advocate for all women. Abortions will continue and we need to make sure they’re done safely.

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    Liz
    24 Jun 2022
    1:56pm

    I an hoping that this rage we feel will push all Democrats and Independents to the polls this fall and vote in only progressive candidates. It was expected that the Democrats would lose both the Senate and the House but maybe we can turn that around.

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      a
      26 Jun 2022
      3:05am

      It’s too late to get progressives into the general election if their primaries are past and they didn’t win. We’re stuck with the candidates we have. My county’s turnout rate in the primary was 7%, but I am in red state hell.

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    bobby
    24 Jun 2022
    2:40pm

    It’s so awful I don’t even know where to begin. Someone needs to explain to me how pro life and pro gun can exist together… Covid Ukraine Uvalde Roe climate change I feel so sorry for the next generation

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    LeighTX
    24 Jun 2022
    4:04pm

    Hi from Texas, where my young adult daughters both just texted me to say how frightened they are. My local newspaper’s headline just yesterday was “Maternal Mortality Rates on the Rise in Harris County,” and I don’t know how anyone thinks that’s going to change any time soon.

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      Heather
      25 Jun 2022
      8:04am

      It’s going to change – it’s going to go up.

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    Sharona
    24 Jun 2022
    1:36pm

    Prediction: It gets a lot harder to get a gynecologist appointment in red states soon.

    But, you know, healthcare is not a right and ob/gyn care is some special women’s issue.

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    Karen
    24 Jun 2022
    1:43pm

    I’m sickened by this. But must be honest, I’m more concerned about yesterday’s gun ruling. I’m not a lawyer or constitutional scholar, so perhaps i’m not really understanding this, but as a non Christian women, if we are going back to what was legal and accepted when we became a country, do I lose all the protections and rights that allow me equal pay etc and the ability to not be prayed at work and school. Does this mean that harassment based on race, religion, see and gender , which were clearly legal back when the constitution was written, are not longer crimes because it’s protected speech?

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      Karen
      24 Jun 2022
      1:51pm

      Sex and gender, not see and gender

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      Kay
      24 Jun 2022
      10:08pm

      It means that the right to privacy is not guaranteed by the constitution. So decisions that took into account the right to privacy are in danger. Religious freedom is not respected by this, as there are religions that do not believe that life begins at conception and those beliefs are not protected. This should concern you greatly. Gay marriage, interracial marriage, birth control–all at great risk. Women’s financial independence–at risk. It goes far beyond harassment–it speaks to the very personhood of EVERYONE who is not a land-owning white Christian male.

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    Darlene
    24 Jun 2022
    4:35pm

    Well I have fought this battle. I am 76 years old I remember when we could not get birth control, when our husbands had to sign on a loan for us , when only men could get into bank manager training programs. When we had no choices. But we changed that. I hate to say it but we gave you something precious and you threw it away by voting for those people. You get what you rest. I am mad

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      Lori
      24 Jun 2022
      9:17pm

      Thank you for your work! This is absolutely tragic — and I would be very surprised if anyone on this thread actually voted for “those people.”

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    D.Morgendorffer
    24 Jun 2022
    12:42pm

    I live in Alabama so the following is not said glibly. I think we need to have no-abortion states experience a small taste of the economic fallout a woman experiences when she is denied reproductive health care. I realize the importance of changing hearts and minds, but living in the south, I know heart and mind changing takes a long time and doesn’t follow a linear progress. While I usually am for investment for the sake of poor people’s economic opportunities, being denied reproductive health care nullifies theoretical economic opportunities. So, I don’t think any entity should invest in a no-abortion state right now, no industries, no musicians’ concert tours, no tourism dollars. Don’t drive through and spend money at gas stations. Too long our culture has hidden away the consequences women suffer when denied abortion: the consequences needs to be apparent everywhere these states look, as they are for the women who have been denied. Now, I’m going to go rage exercise.

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      Gablesgirl
      24 Jun 2022
      7:57pm

      Thanks for this. My husband and I were planning on retiring in Birmingham (blue dot-red state) where we have a second home but now I’m rethinking.

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        Heather
        25 Jun 2022
        8:05am

        Please do consider moving there. Your vote would really matter.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Jun 2022
      10:30pm

      Post this to Twitter, D! It’s a great idea.

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      Sharona
      24 Jun 2022
      1:21pm

      Agreed entirely. If I can’t get healthcare, I can’t be there.
      (I’m in what Guttmacher is categorizing as a maybe state that I believe will retain abortion rights.)

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    Gemma
    24 Jun 2022
    12:13pm

    Clarence Thomas has made it clear in his own opinion today — this is just one precedent-setting cases on his to-do list. He’s going to come for the right to contraception, the right to same-sex intimacy, and the right to gay marriage. We lose our right to privacy, but we can all get guns. I can’t even wrap my mind around what has happened in the last 24 hours.

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      Susanna
      24 Jun 2022
      5:11pm

      Interracial marriage would be on that list too. I’m not sure how he can reconcile all of this.

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      Tricia
      24 Jun 2022
      1:15pm

      So by this logic it’s totally ok to pick up a gun and shoot myself in the uterus with it? Are states rights crucial or aren’t they?

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    Debra Gibson- Welch
    24 Jun 2022
    12:19pm

    This is just the beginning, they are going for same-sex marriage next. This is an activist court. Elections have consequences, imagine if you had the woman as president instead-but carry on, women liked the game show host.

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      MJ
      24 Jun 2022
      1:53pm

      Judging by the reaction to drag storytime in your country and mine, I’d wager that these protests are very much part of the plan.

      https://apnews.com/article/drag-story-hour-hosts-e1ad3ff0dd73e2e66d98190d00568a1e

      Call it foreshadowing. First they came for the women.

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      Karin
      24 Jun 2022
      8:25pm

      But her emails….

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Jun 2022
      10:32pm

      6 Catholic religious activists. The Republicans clearly had a plan.

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      Liza
      25 Jun 2022
      12:25am

      I keep thinking about how a “president” and his administration have broken so many laws and attempted to go full on authoritarian but the executive orders, judges, etc. are allowed to stand!?! Are we all supposed to just accept this stacked court created by a criminal loaded with judges who outright lied during their confirmation hearings!?! I am so angry.

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      Heather
      24 Jun 2022
      12:55pm

      Yup. It was suburban white women who overwhelmingly voted for that asshole.

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        Lisa
        24 Jun 2022
        1:58pm

        As a suburban white woman this has always shocked me. And in many ways it’s why I left the suburbs last month. I have three adult daughters. I can’t believe this has happened. I knew when RBG died this was the natural conclusion but still feel like I’ve been punched and am shaking. For the first time ever, i’m considering taking an SSRI because I am very concerned about my state of mind in the coming years. I’m not coping well with the news.

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        Lisa
        24 Jun 2022
        5:53pm

        All those suburban white women were under the mistaken impression that straight white Christian male privilege can be sexually transmitted, so they were safe.

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    Sharona
    24 Jun 2022
    12:20pm

    I’m just shook.

    Did not have kids, did not want kids.

    Had my first pregnancy test at 16, at some shady clinic I found in the back of the Village Voice. My abusive parent would have killed me, maybe literally, had they known.

    Pack the courts. Hit the streets. Donate. Vote. Organize.

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    Sharona
    24 Jun 2022
    12:26pm

    We’ve let our own side splinter and we’ve forgotten that presidential elections are multiple choice tests with only two real choices. We cannot keep letting our internal disagreements let enemies win while we play with who is perfect.

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    MJ
    24 Jun 2022
    12:32pm

    Here is the extent of the ridiculousness and cruelty of denying abortion under any circumstances:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/andrea-prudente-incomplete-miscarriage-malta-not-allowed-to-get-abortion/

    A D&C was necessary to protect the health of the mother. An incomplete miscarriage, or missed abortion as it used to be called, runs the very real risk of the mother losing her life by way of infection, and yet this mother could not get appropriate care where she was. This pregnancy was not viable. Perhaps because an incomplete miscarriage used to be called a “missed abortion”, the very word means mothers can die for the sake of misplaced morality. Fortunately, this mother was able to get the care she needed in Spain.

    As a mother who had a “missed abortion” and was running a fever, I feel very bad for women in these situations. I got the care I needed quickly. The alternative would have been leaving behind a motherless preschool child for the sake of misplaced religious morality (not my religion) and non-medical decision-making. An abrupted placenta early in pregnancy ends in the death of the fetus, and can take the mother, too. There is absolutely no need to sacrifice a mother’s life simply because the pregnancy ended. Whose life matters? My husband wanted me to live.

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    MJ
    24 Jun 2022
    11:02am

    Well, Kim, I had a son, and I have raised him to support women’s rights, women’s choice, and women’s autonomy over their own bodies. When I was pregnant with him, my male boss told me that I had no right to federally-regulated maternity leave, because pregnancy is a self-inflicted condition. That sealed the deal. My son was never going to be an ignorant, regressive caveman like my boss. And he isn’t. Changing the world starts with raising our children in the vision of the world as we want it to be. Change starts in the family. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and parents all shape the world for the next generation. It is not too late. Change happens in small increments every day. We can all continue to work on it.

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      Sarah
      24 Jun 2022
      12:07pm

      I also love my two boys and am raising them to understand bodily autonomy of all kinds. I grew up in the rural South where gender roles were fixed and there was a lot of disappointment if a man didn’t get a son to hunt with or a woman didn’t get a daughter to shop with. Rigid ideas about gender are one of the tools of reproductive oppression, and I want no part of them.

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        T
        27 Jun 2022
        7:17am

        My teenage daughter showed me the teen outrage on her tik tok and it was coming from both females and males. You all are doing a great job in raising the next generation of males. Thank you.

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    Lynn
    26 Jun 2022
    1:21am

    Some on this forum may criticize me for running away, but for many reasons that I have seen coming for many years, I left the US and moved to Portugal. I fled from Texas where even before this ruling, women had no autonomy, maternal mortality rates are some of the highest in the country, the foster care system is a complete and utter disaster, killing human beings is a contest for murdering death row inmates, and massacring children gets a quote from the governor saying, “it could have been worse.” I am 67 years old. I remember illegal abortions and am sickened and disgusted at the descension into madness this country has taken. I had to get out before the 2022 and 2024 elections to safeguard my sanity and emotional stability. In Portugal 1) guns are illegal, 2) abortions are legal and provided through nationalized healthcare, 3)prostitution is legal, 4) drug usage is not criminalized, and 5) Portugal is rated #3 on the list of safest countries in the world. People are treated with dignity and respect here and my heart aches to see my country become what the rest of the industrialized world sees as a violent, dystopian wasteland full of hateful violent men. I know there are millions filled with anguish. I’m so sorry this has happened but even happier that I left.

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    Mouse
    25 Jun 2022
    7:28am

    I never wanted children, didn’t have them, had an abortion when I was 19 and have been contributing to Planned Parenthood monthly ever since. I have never and will never vote for a Republican because I fundamentally don’t believe in their platform (when they bothered to have one), because I am not religious, and I am female. These things all long pre-dated our current moment. I am nor surprised at all by the ruling, but I am exhausted. I’ve had conversations with my college level students about being a feminist and have been shocked at how they recoil from the word. How much they don’t understand what it means. Well they’re going to find out. Yesterday I found myself sitting quietly looking out the window and realizing that I am now a 62 yr old second-class citizen of a country which has been working towards this moment for years. The place of women in Christian Nationalism is secondary to men, no matter how much they talk about “complementarianism”. We are not fully human adults able to make our own mistakes and decisions. And we are now there.

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    Tricia
    25 Jun 2022
    4:49am

    I had an abortion in my early twenties. I knew having a child would change the entire trajectory of my life. My depression era mother instilled the value of self reliance and an education in me from the time I was 5 years old literally. Because of that choice I was able to pursue my masters degree and have worked with special needs children for 30 years. Don’t tell me I don’t value life. This decision is abhorrent. The Republicans are a well oiled machine who have organized this for years. The Democrats need to take a cue and stop infighting. Young people need to organize and vote. I will stand beside them. I am in France right now for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The international community is appalled. Our country’s actions are appalling and an embarrassment. I’m heartbroken

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    Marie
    25 Jun 2022
    6:31am

    The breathtaking indifference and utter contempt for women is shattering.
    I am in that state of anxiety/ sorrow/disbelief/ knot in stomach-
    I don’t want to feel so bloody angry all the time ( trump years/ vaccine deniers/ gun laws/ disregard for facts) – I can’t grasp the totality of this America. It lacks decency. It is acceptable to treat schools as shooting ranges and make females give birth if raped ? Wtf.
    I did not have children (58) , thought I would ( always a daughter in my head) but got married in late 30s and some health issues derailed it.
    But I knew in my college years I would have had an abortion if it came to that so that I could be financially independent with a degree. This in itself gave me a much needed feeling of autonomy and control when I struggled in my early 20s. I can’t grasp not having that. The weight of that. The male supremacy that relishes that?
    My catholic mother saw what it was about a mile away when the priest would not allow her friend to get an abortion ( 6th child)/although her life was in grave danger. Control.
    She pushed me to be the first in my extended family to get a college degree.
    Our healthcare is intertwined with our human rights and ability to be free.
    Must rally for the fight – so dystopian. But right now I am gutted.

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    Lori
    24 Jun 2022
    9:37pm

    Absolutely blisteringly furious and devastated. Like Kim, I always desperately wanted to have children – – and would have adopted, or tried in vitro, had I had the budget to go it alone; but now, actually feel a powerful sense of relief *not* to have offspring. So crushed and scared for the next generation! No idea how to help in a meaningful way, since I cannot afford to donate much. If anyone has actionable suggestions, please share …

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Jun 2022
    10:19pm

    I just can’t wrap my head around the idea that this is the world that my 3 daughters inherit. This is not my United States! Now, I’ve got to worry about their access to contraception – and that they could even being criminalized for using it! – as well. And my gay friends’ marriages -their very LIVES – may be declared invalid. I took a long walk on the beach this afternoon and cried. Tomorrow, I rage and work to get more Democrats elected to the House and Senate so we can get abortion rights codified.

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      LC
      27 Jun 2022
      11:23pm

      Maybe it’s not your United States, but it is the US as it was always intended. Bunch of old white guys on stolen land asserting dominance on everyone else. It horrifying, but it’s not surprising.

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    The Prof
    24 Jun 2022
    10:26pm

    Now is the time to volunteer at your local Democratic Party office. Ask what you can do to help get young people registered. Then we have to get them to turnout in the Fall. And now we have the incentive. People under 35 rarely vote in midterms, but it is they who will suffer most from this decision. Many state legislatures could be flipped by a major turnout of young people. Remind the young men that we are not going back to the 1960s— now we have paternity tests and deadbeat dad laws. They, too, will be locked in for 20 years for a night of casual fun. It is also a man’s issue. We need them to turn out.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Jun 2022
      10:41pm

      My husband said to me today, “If they start jailing women for illegal abortions, then they need to jail the men, too. Women don’t get in that situation alone!”

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    Tricia
    25 Jun 2022
    2:13am

    I had an abortion in my early 20’s. Why? Because I had a choice in determining which direction my life would go. I was in grad school at the time and I immediately knew having a child would change my whole trajectory. I never regretted it for a minute. Im the youngest of five. The only one with a degree. My depression era mother instilled in me the importance of education and self reliance since my first day of school (literally). I always thought I’d have kids but it didn’t happen. Im happily married and I have been working with special needs children for the past 30 years. The idea that this right had been taken away makes me ill. The republicans are a well oiled machine that have been plotting this for decades. I am not “blaming” democrats but the truth is, my party is often splintered and is not mobilized the same way. The ramifications of this are astounding. The tip of the iceberg. I really hope that it sparks outrage and organization. Young people need to FIGHT. I will be there with them.

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    Mary
    24 Jun 2022
    6:24pm

    I’m beyond angry at the religious right, not only for the abortion decision, but because of their bloody guns! It’s beyond comprehension.

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    Alexa
    24 Jun 2022
    7:41pm

    I’m too upset to post anything original or clever. Our country is in big trouble.

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    Sigh
    24 Jun 2022
    5:31pm

    Minority rule requires focus… 50 years and counting.

    How about a blog on what competing focus areas by this cohort (perhaps inadvertently) contributed?

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    tamara
    27 Jun 2022
    10:47am

    We need to fight on every front and that can start with our WALLETS. My intention is to research every company with which I spend. I will also be looking into my investment accounts. For years I have maintained a portfolio which cuts out gun manufacturers and vendors. Now i will comb through and make sure that I stand with the companies in which I invest, and make sure they stand with me. GUESS WHAT WE HAVE THE POWER. We control the money our families spend and if we actually banned together and launched a spending strike (hmmmmm Wal-mart and Sam’s club I’m kinda looking sideways at you here)…Kim, how about a compilation of companies who act for and against women? And let’s get it circulating!!

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    Liz
    24 Jun 2022
    11:15am

    Thanks Kim for providing this space for us to vent and discuss this horrible decision. I’m so disturbed by this opinion and yesterday’s expanding gun rights. Women of child-bearing age unlucky enough to live in a conservative state will not have access to abortion and some of those states may restrict contraception. It took 50 years to overturn Roe, it may take another 50 to get abortion rights back.

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    Sarah
    24 Jun 2022
    11:16am

    Yes pack the court. Not having kids was not a choice for me and something I thought I would mourn for the rest of my life. But the pandemic and this continuing political hellscape make me more and more OK with my spinster cat lady school teacher life. Just fing treat and pay teachers better.

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    lc
    24 Jun 2022
    11:20am

    We older women will need to help the younger ones, in every way our own conscience and resources allows. We can’t leave them to face alone the loss of freedoms we enjoyed.

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      Heather
      24 Jun 2022
      11:41am

      I so agree. I am literally, physically ill at this news.

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      Sharona
      24 Jun 2022
      1:30pm

      We need to help them but I think we also hold them accountable. Not for their healthcare decisions, but for their votes.

      I’ll be a must-pass-the-choice-test voter until I die. There is no other consideration more important than bodily autonomy. This needs to be communicated and made part of the water we all drink, the air we all breathe. We cannot let “yes, but what about” continue to splinter us at the polling booth.

      My stepmother, a first wave feminist, remains angry to this day at how my generation didn’t keep up the work that her peers broke their backs to accomplish. Not that I didn’t understand where she was coming from already, but I get it more, now.

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    Lisa B.
    24 Jun 2022
    11:24am

    Mother of five here–becoming a mom absolutely made me pro-choice, and I am both heartbroken and livid. Looking for ways to help, immediately and into the future. Thanks for making this space to discuss.

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      Karen luscher
      24 Jun 2022
      1:19pm

      Please donate to local healthcare resources in your state that do offer reproductive care and abortion. We must keep their doors open to provide healthcare to all women.

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        Susanna
        24 Jun 2022
        6:45pm

        And donate directly to abortion funds.

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    Caroline
    24 Jun 2022
    11:26am

    I’m so upset.
    For the country. For my daughters .
    I’m furious at Biden.
    Pack the courts, make D.C. a state. Do the work. He does not need to run again.
    He’s a 1000 years old. This is the time to show us what he’s made of.

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      Alleira
      24 Jun 2022
      4:19pm

      What the heck could Biden have done? He’s got a bare majority in the Senate with two sort-of Democrats obstructing any true chance at change. There are MANY people to be angry at here, but the reality is that people are ignorant about the consequences of being single-issue voters and how that affects things like redistricting and Supreme Court composition, among other things.

      In addition, the Republicans spent 40+ years on this issue – this has been a conservative talking point since Reagan started courting Evangelical Christians in the early 80s (and some would argue even earlier, with Nixon). So the idea that Biden somehow had a quick fix to this is really confusing to me.

      You want abortion rights? Vote. Ask your friends how they vote. Talk about abortion and how the lack of a right to an abortion has NOTHING to do with incest or rape – it has to do with being able to make a medical decision for your own body without undue governmental regulation. And I wish people would stop with the rape/incest talk. Yes, those are horrible situations and those women should absolutely have the right to an abortion! But using trauma as a “basis” for abortion means that the ONLY ones that are discussed as “okay” are those abortions that are based in traumatic experiences. Not all abortion stories are due to trauma; plenty of abortion stories are just that the woman got pregnant and either did not want to be or could not be a parent at that time.

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      Susanna
      24 Jun 2022
      5:13pm

      You’re furious at Biden? That’s ridiculous.

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        Caroline
        25 Jun 2022
        9:59am

        It’s not ridiculous . He saw this coming. He could have made D.C. a state to have a stronger majority. It at least try to!
        Stack the courts!
        But he’s was to worried about the republicans not wanting to work with him or getting re-elected. Now it’s almost certain the democrats will lose the majority. Potentially in both houses.
        Do you think Mitch McConnell played fair?
        Please.
        I voted for him and want him to succeed.
        But the gloves need to come off.

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          Payal
          28 Jun 2022
          12:28pm

          How’s he going to make DC a state? That requires a majority in each house of Congress. Educate yourself or at least google before posting nonsense. Ignorance is what got us here

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          Susanna
          25 Jun 2022
          4:45pm

          Good lord. No. He can only do what Congress will sign off on. He couldn’t make DC a state. He’s not king.

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            Caroline
            28 Jun 2022
            10:20am

            Kim asked us to share our thoughts.
            Which I did.
            You are entitled to disagree, but it’s not fantastic to off handedly dismiss others for sharing there feelings when they’re upset.
            Pick up a newspaper. I am hardly the only one who feels this way.
            I am admittedly pretty darned liberal.
            But I’m willing to own it.

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    H
    24 Jun 2022
    12:59pm

    Hello from England – I am devastated for you. I’ve been following the coverage of this with my heart in my mouth, hoping the Supreme Court would not do this, and just wanted to come here to say, what a dreadful blow. A terrible, sexist, oppressive blow.

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    Viajera
    24 Jun 2022
    1:00pm

    I haven’t read the opinions yet, but, I will say, I had thought I would give them a chance and see how they did. Now it is looking like they are exactly the hacks that many predicted. It’s too bad, and in fact, rather a shame. … … … Having said that – and it may be too soon for this, but – this may have better long term consequences than we realize. All of a sudden, center or left people in red states have more reason to vote, and maybe some of the righties may find themselves surprised about the downside of getting what you wish for. Plus, many people moved to “red” areas during covid. If our geographical issues were to become more balanced, we might get a functional Congress back. I doubt if many of us can even remember a time when we had one. It’s been that long. And what the Court took away, we can get back with legislation. Well, maybe. … … … None of this is to gloss over the painful situations for poor women in these states. There isn’t anything good to say about this. I am only pointing out some possibilities, and that’s all they are, bc we are all so upset.

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      D
      24 Jun 2022
      11:22pm

      They may not be prepared for the truly hellish world they are about to create, to be honest. We can only hope that in addition to turning out the vote, this decision turns out to be the “monkey’s paw” (as per the story or wishes gone terribly wrong) that help to undermine the conservative agenda.

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    Shara Witkin
    24 Jun 2022
    1:03pm

    I can’t even find the right words to express how angry and sad I am right now. The worst part is knowing this isn’t where they stop at taking away our rights and freedom. And those of us in “safe” states right now can’t be complacent because if they take over Congress, they will enact a nationwide ban. We are quickly moving towards living in a Christian theocracy and it scares the hell out of me not just for myself but my 20 year old daughter and 16 year old son.

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    Shelly
    24 Jun 2022
    1:10pm

    Here is a link to what the justices said in their confirmation hearings about precedent and Roe v. Wade:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/24/us/scotus-justices-roe-wade-abortion.html

    And I hate to be a downer, BUT…
    How do you pack the court when the senate is almost certainly going to get more conservative over time? I read somewhere that in the fairly near future 70% of the population will live in 15 states. That means 70% of the population gets 30% of the senate.
    Dark times ahead…

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    Kaitie Dairrie
    24 Jun 2022
    1:19pm

    As a devout catholic I am pro life. However – this decision applies only to ME; and I would not impose it on anyone else. This is what saddens me most – the door is closed for women who want to have an abortion. And there is no help whatsoever. It is a sad day.

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    MaryAlice
    24 Jun 2022
    12:51pm

    That the US Supreme Court can legislate what medical procedures can and cannot be performed is the scariest thing I have ever encountered in my lifetime. I feel sick. I feel rage at Republicans and also at Democrats who I feel have allowed this to happen by failing to be smart enough politically to protect us.

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      Shelly
      24 Jun 2022
      1:46pm

      I’m Catholic too, and while I wouldn’t say devout I would say that Catholicism has played a powerful role in shaping my commitment to social justice and my belief that capitalism in it’s current form in the United States just isn’t working.
      So many things about this decision make me so angry, but perhaps the most enraging part is the time and energy and money the church devoted to bringing down Roe. If the real concern is protecting unborn babies they could have devoted the same resources to making sure women who want to carry a pregnancy to term and raise a child had money and housing and support.
      This is about controlling women. It always has been.

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    Tricia
    24 Jun 2022
    10:39am

    Pack the court.

    They are nothing more than a body with a specific-one sided political agenda now. Not what it was intended for. Pack the court.

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      Liz
      24 Jun 2022
      11:47am

      Agree. The Supreme Court has lost all its credibility. This was a years-long, effective campaign to turn the court conservative. That undercuts the public’s willingness to accept its decision.

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        Liz
        24 Jun 2022
        1:50pm

        ^ I meant “decisions.”

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      slybk
      24 Jun 2022
      10:40am

      couldn’t agree more with this ^^^^^ – he has a pen…even if it’s just for his term, he should sign in into being before they f**k the clean air act as well…basically f****d from every side is how I feel… and not in a good way!

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    Bette
    24 Jun 2022
    12:04pm

    My mother worked for Planned Parenthood for 40 years of her life. For once, I am glad she is dead, because the Supreme Court decision would have killed her in a far more painful way. I am infuriated, heartsick, and just plain TIRED of what is happening in our country today. When will the Dems step up and start kicking ass?

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      Bette
      24 Jun 2022
      1:19pm

      A PS to my own comment: If we thought the state-by-state COVID response was dysfunctional and pathetic, fast forward a few months for the state-by-state abortion one. Soon, you will need PhD in your state’s electoral politics to know whether you can have a conversation with your doctor about your OWN HEALTH.

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    cw
    24 Jun 2022
    12:03pm

    Also remember that Mitch A-Hole McConnell did everything he could to prevent Obama from selecting a Supreme Court judge, but allowed trump to appoint at his leisure two of the WORST people on the planet. In Texas, Beto is shouting about this injustice from the proverbial rooftops as is Stacy Abrams in Georgia. Let’s hope more candidates do so. And, even better, let’s help get them elected.

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    dk
    24 Jun 2022
    11:49am

    This may not be a popular opinion, but as much as I loved RBG I really wish she had retired while Obama was in office. No one believed Trump would win and the amount of damage his presidency has caused to this country will last for decades. The Democrats need to get their shit together ASAP.

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      Tricia
      24 Jun 2022
      1:28pm

      I’m over blaming Democrats for Republicans being assholes. Republicans did this. If RBG had retired they would’ve abused the system some other way to try and get what they wanted. This is square in the laps of Republicans.

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        Alleira
        24 Jun 2022
        4:23pm

        I’m 50:50 between you both. I wish she would have retired when Obama was in office (and I also wish that Obama would have called McConnell’s bluff and appointed Garland to the Supreme Court after the Senate abdicated its responsibility to “advise and consent”), but I also am not laying this at Democrats’ feet… except to the extent that they do not get out of and vote because they are complacent. I will blame them for that every single time.

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    Emma H
    24 Jun 2022
    11:47am

    This is a terrible blow for women everywhere. Once again, it will disproportionately affect women of lower income. The government should not be allowed to interfere with essential healthcare.

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    MJ
    26 Jun 2022
    11:43pm

    The favorite word on EIF podcasts has become the best song of 2022!!! (Obscenity warming.)

    https://youtu.be/Fpc40dmPlVM

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    Rsimon
    27 Jun 2022
    7:38am

    I am 62. I am a lawyer. The right wing has been growing away at Rowe for decades, and what has made me furious for years is that the women in their 30s and 40s– lawyers, especially — just sat back and refused to see that they were going to have to fight to keep the right provided by Rowe. They poo-pooed the label “feminist” and argued that they had all the rights that men do. Women never have had all the rights that men do. We still have a glass ceiling, we still are fighting sexual harassment in the workplace, and I believe that the vast majority of men will continue to fight the concept of equality. No, I don’t hate men. But I’ll be damned if I close my eyes to any aspect of what is genuine hostility to women. That has to be seen and recognized for what it is. And, in the meantime, we have to donate, protest, and VOTE.

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      lc
      28 Jun 2022
      9:49am

      I went back to school for a second degree at 30 (59 now). In a women’s studies class, the prof asked who was a feminist. In a class of ~30, mostly women, mine was the only hand up. She asked them, can you define feminism? None of them could answer, they seemed to think it was angry women from the 60s and 70s.
      I have never gotten over how weird it was that these young women (now in their late 30s early 40s) didn’t relate to “feminism” at all. They thought it was history.

      (My answer as to what feminism is: women should have the same rights and opportunities as men.)

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