The Fight for Reproductive Independence Requires Political Independence

by Rose Roby
January 22, 2020

47 years ago women celebrated the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, which stated that the right to abortion was a constitutionally protected right.  Since then, both the Democratic and Republican parties have colluded to make abortion more and more inaccessible for poor women, women of color, and women in general.  I write this in memory of that bitter history.  I also write it because 25% of women have had an abortion and yet we’re expected to be shamed into silence about our experiences; being open decreases the stigma attached to those of us who have done nothing more than made a choice about what we wanted to do with our own bodies and lives.

It was autumn of 2004 when I knew something was going wrong with my birth control pills.  I had been on the pill for over 9 years; it was effective and kept my cycle very precise, like clockwork.  People who have taken the pill know how it works; you have a 21 day supply of active pills and 7 days of placebos that are there to keep you on track with your daily routine.  But at some point, my cycle went haywire — I would be 14 days in and my period would begin!  Then I’d be 10 days in and another period!  I was getting up to 3 periods a month, which essentially had me menstruating more often than not.  Something was very wrong. Continue reading “The Fight for Reproductive Independence Requires Political Independence”

Trump says “War!”  The World says “Peace!”

The world has gotten a look into the abyss, and doesn’t like what it saw staring back.

As Iran’s General Qassem Suleimani was arriving on a mission of peace — having been invited to Iraq to help mediate relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia — he was brutally ambushed by an American drone on his way from the Baghdad Airport.  A leader of Iraq’s own anti-ISIS militias was killed in the same blast.

The Trump administration’s flurry of lies was so brazen as to be a deliberate challenge to the world.  “We done it and we’re glad.  Whatcha gonna do about it?”  The U.S. threatened Iran with nuclear devastation if Iran struck back.  People around the world were glued to their TV sets as the official commentators droned on.  World War III breaking out was a real possibility.  Even if Iran were “turned into a parking lot,” Iran made clear that it would go down shooting and an increasingly fragile imperial economy would go down with it.

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