Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination Language in the draft document specifically protects the tax-exempt status of any organization that “believes, speaks, or acts (or declines to act) in accordance with the belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, sexual relations are properly reserved for such a marriage, male and female and their equivalents refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy, physiology, or genetics at or before birth, and that human life begins at conception and merits protection at all stages of life.”
I found some ways that one can help in these dumpster fire days. While marching is fucking rad and I plan to do more of it, I know I can't attend them all (work/anxiety) but I still want to make my voice heard.
5 Calls I get it, it's terrifying to call your reps. I hate being on the phone when I don't really know the person well. But through nervous farts, you can do this. Scripts are provided, along with your reps numbers.
This was my first peaceful protest and it was awesome (minus realizing I am mildly claustrophobic in large crowds, which in turn made me feel like a wuss and I had wanted to get more enjoyment out of it)
I met up with a friend from work at Union Station and we walked to the Mall from there. Walking out of the Metro, seeing the gush of the crowd made me burst into tears. It gave me hope.
We made it down behind the National Museum of the American Indian and just before the Air and Space. We ended up being able to see a screen and I got to see Michael Moore and Ashley Judd.
It wasn't that way for all participants and I want to highlight a story I read. We can do better, we MUST do better than this. I told myself, when I woke up November 9th and realized life had changed, that I was going to use whatever privileges I had for good, for others who needed them. I'm trying to do that, each day, by putting in the work that needs to be done.
The sesame seed (the size of the clump of cells I hoped would eventually yield the newest member of our family) that grew for a short while inside me would have been deemed a baby and thus protected by this sexist bill. Yes, this eventual child was very much wanted, but what about for the person who was pregnant and didn't want to be, for a variety of reasons?
People who can bear children across the US have told, wrote and shared their stories about abortions, wanted children and everything in between. But the sad fact is that many Republicans in Congress just don't care. They don't care about people who bear children being seen as people with complex lives. They are forced birthers and while Planned Parenthood does amazing, life saving work beyond abortions, I, for one, think we should stop minimizing abortions.
Abortions are safe medical procedures that many people have. I know four people in my close community that have had them. And there is nothing wrong about them. I don't give a good goddamn why someone has an abortion; if they feel incapable of caring for a child, then why do I care if they have an abortion?
Abortion without apology. It's a perfectly legitimate procedure and I'm beyond tired of seeing it demonized.