I'm starting something new called The Hopefulist Activated. It's about what is going on in our country right now and what we can do fight for the rights this Supreme Court has already taken from us and what we can do to ensure that no more are stripped.
This is so important to me because I have created this platform as a way to inspire and empower women to take control of their lives to live the best life they can. We can't do that if we don't have choices in this country. With the overturning of Roe V. Wade we lost the right to do what we choose with our bodies. We are now being forced to carry a child we don't want to raise for nine months. That means we have to put our lives on hold for close to a year to do something we don't want to do. It can derail our careers. It can stop us from traveling freely where we want to go. It can stop a young woman who is relying on a sports scholarship for college to have to stop playing that sport. It can cause people to judge us and bully us for our choices. And it will force our body to go through an enormous change and often difficult, painful delivery. I would love to see how men would react to being forced to giving up almost a year of their life and go through all the physical and mental challenges of carrying a child. It wouldn't happen. There is just no way.
This should be important to you as well as I'm sure you know someone who has sex. And that means a pregnancy can result. Even if you have sons this decision means he will have no choice in the matter. He is becoming a father whether he wants to or not. It's the same for everyone in your life. You could become pregnant after having raised three babies already and you have decided that you don't want to start all over again. But guess what? You are now stuck. Yes, I know there are still states where you can get safe, legal abortions but the states that are outlawing it are already trying to stop pregnant women from crossing state lines. It's true. Legislation is already in the works that will make it illegal for women who are pregnant to leave the state to obtain an abortion.
It would look like the Texas abortion law that went into effect last year where they rely on private citizens to enforce litigation rather than attempting to impose a state enforced ban on crossing state lines. What does that mean? It means that anyone helping a pregnant woman leave the state for an abortion could be sued including doctors who can help make these arrangements. Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert says he state may soon address in an already planned special session; according to the Washington Post. Another senator from Arkansas has expressed interest in introducing that legislation. So, when they say that there will still be access to abortion in other states they don't mean you can get there. They will attempt to stop anyone traveling to get the care needed.
It seems pretty obvious this Supreme Court and the GOP controlled states not only do not care about the rights of women but they don't even care about their lives. If they did they wouldn't be banning abortions for those with ectopic pregnancies and for pregnancies that have ended in the life of the fetus but yet you still can abort it. How does that make any sense at all? These laws are putting women's lives in danger. REAL DANGER. Yet, there seem to be so many that don't care. It's baffling to me.
And this court has just gotten started. They already stated in the decision to overturn Roe V Wade that they will use the same logic to ban gay marriage and regulate the use of contraception. They will also be hearing Moore V Harper in October when they reconvene that can drastically affect voting rights. The case could have major implications for voting rights across the country and fundamentally change the landscape of election law, according to a CNN article. It goes on to say that a decision to undermine the courts could empower state lawmakers in disputes over redistricting maps and potentially offer them more freedom to intervene in federal elections. For example, in the 2020 election when Trump kept saying there was fraud and he didn't believe the outcome of the election even though there was no proof whatsoever of voter fraud, when he illegally went to individual states to ask them to overturn the will of the people and award him the state's electoral votes anyway, that will now be possible if this case is overturned. And do you know what that means? It truly doesn't matter who you vote for because the state will be able to award the electoral votes to whoever they wish to see win. And that my friends, is not a democracy at all. That is not freedom. And I know some of you are thinking that would never happen, think again. They are telling us in advance that they are going to look at the case and they have the power to overturn it. I think the majority of people didn't think we would lose our rights to control our own bodies and health yet it has happened. And they have said what is up next, gay marriage, contraception and voting rights. And this is after only their first session. Again, they are telling us exactly what they are going to do yet nobody is doing anything about it. I have to believe the reason the Roe V Wade decision was leaked in May was because whoever that person was thought that something would be done to stop it before it actually happened. Yet, next to nothing was done to stop this atrocious decision from happening. So, if you didn't do anything then because you thought it wouldn't actually happen now you know to believe the court when they say they are going to do something.
The reason that democrats are against requiring ID at the voting booth is not so illegals can vote. That is something that needs to be hashed out in the voter registration process and that is where it needs to stay. The reason why democrats don't want to force ID is because there are many poor people living in inner cities that don't have a drivers license or formal ID because they don't need it for their lives. And they likely won't go through the trouble to get one just to vote twice a year. It's a way to suppress poor voters who typically don't vote for Republicans.
So it's time for action ladies. We need to do whatever we can to get our reproductive rights back and keep the government out of our private lives. That means working to stop what they are up to next...taking away our voting rights, banning gay marriage and regulation of contraception. You absolutely have to vote in every election for people who align with these values. Please join any organizations that will fight to get our rights back. Attend marches and do whatever it is you can to help the cause. Call your legislators and let them know how you feel. Please don't ever forget that these people work for us. The majority of the people in this country want some sort of reproductive rights so tell them that. And please speak up when you can. On social media and to those who may be on the fence over the issues or those that don't understand what is really happening. Don't let the daughters of our next generations down. We need to fight for them. We won't go back.