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There's always next year

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued a 7–2 decision holding that the "Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides a fundamental "right to privacy", which protects a pregnant woman's right to an abortion."

I was born on January 21, 1973 - one day prior to that landmark decision.

So it's fair to say that I've lived nearly my entire life - at least prior to June 24, 2022 - believing that I had the right to choose.

Believing that my gender in no way limited my ability to decide what was best for my body. . . my mind. . . my soul.

That belief ended 10 days ago when Roe v Wade was overturned.

I know I should have been prepared. . . there were leaked documents saying that it was going to happen. But I'll be honest. . .

I took Roe for granted.

I took my rights for granted.

I took the belief that I was equal for granted.

In what felt like the snap of a finger. . . like a punch to the gut. . . that freedom. . . my right to chose. . . was taken away.

All of the sudden, I felt helpless in a way I never had before.

All of the sudden, I felt vulnerable in a way I never had before.

All of the sudden, I felt somehow less than in a way I never had before.

Prior to June 10th, so many of us had the right to make decisions that so many no longer have the right to make.

So many of us are faced with feelings that we've never had to face before.

So many of us are experiencing our first Independence Day with fewer freedoms than we had the year prior.

For nearly 50 years, we held our collective breath hoping that one man (the POTUS) wouldn't upset the balance of a Court, primarily seated with men.

For 50+ years, we held hands as we marched for women's rights. . . for gay rights. . . for equal rights of all kinds.

For 50+ years, we held our tongues hoping to not draw too much attention to the level of freedoms we were acquiring.

Despite all this, I'm still hopeful.

I'm hopeful that this is merely a temporary set back. I'm hopeful that this reversal will force us to do the right thing. . .

To rise up, unite and put into law a woman's right to choose.

To rise up, unite and create new laws built on the foundation of equality.