know about Reproductive rights, reproductive struggles – El Clarín
The fight for the vindication of reproductive rights begins
It seemed that this summer was going to be a very exciting time for many people, who felt that they could finally really start to return to a more active life again, with many activities and businesses once again in full swing, perhaps even better than before. Sadly, however, for millions of people in the US, that hope was taken away. Not only the summer, but also his future, his voice and his choice.
I am one of those people, and I decided to do something about it. Fortunately, I am not alone.
On May 1, Politico dropped a bombshell on American citizens: a leaked opinion drafted by the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe V. Wade.
By the end of that night, millions were in sheer panic. Resistance broke out as dozens of rallies were formed to shout that we would not accept this.
Madison had her outrage acknowledged by a national group, the Socialist Alternative. The group is in favor of socialist-based politics. A student and her chapter had arranged a rush meeting for the next morning, which finally allowed me to sleep because I knew what my next day would be like.
That day I would go straight home from work, gather my co-workers and walk two blocks to the capital of Wisconsin and join hundreds of outraged citizens.
Members of the Socialist Alternative spoke, and the word was open to anyone. Many LGBTQ+ people, myself included, speak in front of hundreds of people. Stories were shared about how the right to bodily autonomy was more than a blessing for them…many of them were deeply sad. I carried the spirit of people who couldn’t come because they or their loved ones are immunocompromised. A Socialist Alternative student mentioned that Medicare will not cover termination of a pregnancy, even if it saves a life.
Many people marched and shared stories late into the night in downtown Madison.
That day, I shared what I could and encouraged people to do more, like figure out emergency plans. Those plans might include finding emergency contacts and resources in the area. But more than that, he wanted people to plan actions, like mobilizing and contacting organizations. It is important to use your rights and voices as citizens and start crafting bills to petition as legislation in our state and send to our politicians.
Throughout the summer, protests, rallies, and marches have sprung up to fight the bans that are taking place in many states. Unfortunately, as a nation, we were unable to get our officials to listen to us and codify the right to choose before the Supreme Court reversed the Roe V. Wade decision. However, many still haven’t given up and still won’t.
Many national organizations are sharing updates on different resources and mutual help. Our local LGBTQ+ Community Resource Center has been one of these places. The LGBTQ+ Outreach Center is a place where people can get lots of literature, including up-to-date lists of reproductive health care providers. The organization has advocated that people stop using period trackers, buy all hygiene products with cash, and stock up on morning-after pills.
For those who are concerned about reproductive rights here in Madison, please join Socialist Alternative and me at every event you can. I have been aware and have lent my voice to you on this, your push for Dane County to become a refuge county here in Wisconsin. The move to make Dane County a county of refuge would mean that those seeking emergency reproductive care cannot and will not be prosecuted, allowing millions in our state to access the vital and vital care they need.
If you can’t make it to these meetings, don’t worry, there’s so much more you can start getting involved in!
I started two organizations here in Wisconsin to connect people with advocacy work. I run Mobilize Wisconsin, which focuses on bringing action to people or people to action. This organization, whose name I am reworking, was created out of my exhaustion from vigilance in activism and conformity to a large part of Wisconsin. It seems that Wisconsin never wants to move forward, or at least make the necessary effort. However, I know from experience that sometimes people have that desire, that energy and ambition to make a change, but they don’t have access. Mobilize Wisconsin seeks to remove access as a barrier to people’s participation in progress.
The other organization is Repro Rights Wisconsin. This organization is to help people here in Wisconsin join the fight against these bans by helping people attend rallies, start local rallies, and expand other organizations. Repro Rights Wisconsin has been responsive to calls from across the country for rally dates, and we have created several events to join in on these key dates.
Other organizations you can follow include Planned Parenthood and the subgroup Bans Off Our Bodies, Women’s March (which has set up a site to create an event to be powered by them), Mobilize.us, Indigenous Women Rising, Strikeforourrights_northeast (Instagram), Feminist ( Instagram ), Women’s Medical Fund, Widwest Access Coalition, Abortionfunds.com, Ourjustice.net/abortion-assistance, and Mayday.health. Just to name a few.