In brief: Justice and I discuss Roe turning 42 on the heels of the worst four years in reproductive rights in a generation and POTUS promising vetoes on anti-choice legislation while reinforcing abortion stigma in the SOTU.
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It’s always a pleasure to be on with Justice! As per usual we went where the tangents took us, told personal stories to amplify the politics, and yelled at politicians who don’t have Americans’ interests at heart. I also yelled at complacent blue state residents who think they’re rights are safe. Spoiler alert: you already don’t have the rights you think you do.
I threw shade at the State of the Union: thanks for not hiccuping over the word “abortion,” but ease up on the stigma of bragging that it’s become less common. It’s less common because the ACA increased access to birth control and unintended pregnancies are down; now that is something to brag about. Today, the White House not only tweeted with NARAL’s #7in10ForRoe hashtag, they also edited their language and showed they are open to hearing from advocates. Bravo.
I shouted out some storytelling, stigma busting orgs and gave love to The Clinic Vest Project, the non-profit started by my mentor and who’s board I am privileged to sit on. We’re doing a fundraiser through the rest of the month to provide free resources to clinic defense escort groups across North America. Just $10 puts a vest on an escort. Links/info below in references.
And, as always, Justice asked me for something people can do. You can help repeal and prevent abortion coverage bans from anywhere! Especially if you’re in a blue state with ostensibly pro-choice reps, your calls and letters telling them not to support a budget with the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits Medicaid from covering abortion care) are powerful!
Here’s the White House tweet:
….and a readable picture of the press release:
Links to on-air references:
My RH Reality Check piece: “Your Right to Abortion Care Is in Danger—No Matter Where You Live”
My friend Gloria Malone’s piece profiling my mentor and Clinic Vest Project: “A Vest That Moves People: A Q&A With Benita Ulisano of the Clinic Vest Project”
“Joni Ernst, Anti-Choice Extremist, to Give GOP State of the Union Rebuttal” by Emily Crockett at RH Reality Check
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