Today, I am so sad for (almost) everyone
The official overturning of Roe v Wade has got me feeling so, so sad for everyone today. Well, almost everyone.
The overturning of Roe brings waves of sadness this morning.
I am sad for the women in our country who are reminded, yet again, that their body is not really theirs to embody or control in any real, meaningful, or substantive way.
I am sad for those who fought tirelessly, for years, advocating for women’s rights and reproductive rights. To see your life’s passion and work be overturned like this must be devastating.
I am sad for the women who must now, or will someday soon, start making unfair and impossible decisions should they find themselves unexpectedly pregnant.
I am sad for those in the healthcare world who have given their working years to supporting women and families in this way, and are now in a position where they will be breaking laws.
I am sad for the children who will be brought into this world for a life of undue suffering and hardship because there were not adequate resources to care and nurture for them.
I am sad for other marginalized and minority groups who are now anxious with fear that their hard-earned rights will likewise be targeted next.
I am also sad for the many people who have been swindled into believing that the issue of abortion is the most important thing to God. I’m sad for how they’ve been used and manipulated, and convinced that the term/idea “pro-life” is theirs to claim simply because they are anti-abortion. I’m sad at how they’ve been (mis)led by religious leaders into believing that this issue, and this issue alone, is worth voting for horrific politicians.
I’m sad for how empty most of them will feel in the coming days. While they may experience a jolt of elation today, soon they will realize that this isn’t the “win” they think it is.
Who am I NOT sad for?
I’m not sad for those politicians and religious leaders who knowingly have used this issue to manipulate voters and raise boatloads of money. I’m not sad for those who see their own positions of power as more important than the freedom of women. I’m not sad for those who couldn’t care less about abortion, but they know just how easy it is to garner votes and raise money, so they pretend to care.
Today is a sad day.
May we weep with those who weep.