Lisa Kip, Guest Blogger (Tufts University School of Medicine '15, Medical Students for Choice)
This post is part of Blog for Choice 2013, launched by Boston Students for Sexual and Reproductive Justice (BSSRJ).
This post can also be found at http://lisakip.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-for-choice-2013-roe-vs-wade.html.
week I bought a cake, had the baker write "Roe vs. Wade" on it, lit
some candles, and sang an anniversary song with friends from multiple
graduate programs across the city who love reproductive justice as much
as I do.
Roe v. Wade means that women can make their own
decisions about their sex, their reproduction, their health, their
families, their lives. Definitely deserves a cake. But to most of my
peers, it doesn't even deserve an opened email. Here in Massachusetts we
have a surplus of abortion providers and insurance-covered abortions
for women on state-run health insurance. Women feel safe. But that
safety has lowered our defenses. It seems to me that the people of
Massachusetts have stopped fighting for reproductive justice, probably
because they feel like the fight is over. That we won.
my medical school ethics class, more than 90% of my classmates, when
anonymously polled, identified as "pro-choice." As president of our
Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) chapter, I can tell you that we don't
even have 25% of my medical school class on our email list. And
probably less than 10% of my class attend MSFC events. I often wonder -
where is this mysterious pro-choice majority?
ladies and gentlemen of my class, Massachusetts, and the world - show
yourselves! The fight is not over. Not here, not anywhere. Here in the
liberally blue and fabulous Massachusetts that we all love, there are
plenty of laws restricting women's access to abortions (click HERE or HERE
for more information), and dozens more being proposed in our state
house and senate each year. Not to mention any of the crazy and
mind-bogglingly backwards things going on in our country's red states.
Not to mention other countries where abortion is often out of the
question, completely illegal, never, no way, don't even think about it.
Where women die because they have no other choice.
millenials, women, men, everyone - my only request is that you care.
Care that we have a lot of rights, but we still have a long way to go as
a global community. Don't sit around waiting for someone to poll you
anonymously or for a funny meme to catch your eye or for something
really bad to happen before you put on your reproductive justice hat. Wear
that hat all the time. Don't be part of the silent pro-choice majority.
Share your stories. Blog. React. Write letters to representatives.
Discuss the current issues in your state. Volunteer.
celebrate that it is the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Light candles,
sing a song and eat some Roe vs. Wade cake! Celebrate that we have come
a long way. Celebrate our victories. Just don't forget that we still
have a lot left to fight for.
This blog post is part of a number of different Blog for Choice initiatives.