author – activist – faculty – mom
This morning, I had to explain to my kid that something big had happened. We knew it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to say that the Supreme Court of the US had decided to overturn the landmark decision that protected abortion rights, Roe vs. Wade. But as we say in Spanish, “la cultura cura,” and culture was a healing force in my family this morning.
I explained that this ban did NOT mean that abortion was outlawed everywhere. That abortion care would still be available in many states, but that other states with strong conservative majorities would likely ban abortion. This would mean that people with resources would still have access but low-income women and women of color would be disproportionately impacted. I explained it all in a calm voice and said that we would be fighting back against this, especially at this year’s midterm elections.
I was incredibly grateful to be able to end the talk with the song I AM JANE ROE. A feminist hip hop resistance anthem by three Black women emcees: Coco Peila, Aima the Dreamer and RyanNicole. Here’s the Apple Music, YouTube, and Spotify links. It’s available on all platforms.
Thank you to these three artists. I really needed this song today. We all do.