A criticism I saw online before the #womensmarch commenced was that the march rejected an affiliation request from an anti-choice group, causing some in the anti-choice group to argue that the march was exclusionary. And rightly so. The spirit of the march was about women's rights ... a rejection of sexual assault, and a standing up for women's reproductive health.
Does this mean anti-choice humans were banned from marching? No. It meant that the march did not accept their official affiliation. Think of it this way. If I were attending a conference that promoted clean eating, I would expect that the organizers not accept affiliations from say ... fast food chains, or cigarette companies. Does that mean a person with a Big Mac or Marlboros can't attend the conference? On the contrary.
Not all women believe the same thing. I get it. Today, with Pence addressing the anti-choice march ... I was waiting to hear him start speaking in tongues as he was advocating an overturning of Roe-v-Wade, with men AND women cheering him on.
I've never had an abortion but have had had moments in my life when my period was late, causing my heart to drop, sweat to trickle, as I screamed a deep "shit!" In those dark moments, I remember going through all the scenarios, and feeling comforted knowing that in this country, I am able to think through everything and come to my decision about my body in a legal and safe manner. The fact that I didn't have to go down that road doesn't diminish the value of that road. It's a road that prevents women from taking matters into their own hands, or the hands and wire hangers that exist not just in the recesses of our minds but in real back alleys not so far from Main Street.
I'm alarmed at how this is happening in 2017. It's maybe two, three steps away from the dystopian world that #MargaretAtwood wrote in Handmaid's Tale. A book worth reading, along with George Orwell's 1984, which is experiencing a surge of sales right now. Read em while you still can. Before they're banned, burned, and destroyed by this fascist regime that hates reading and dissent, but not as much as they hate bad ratings.
It hurts to be awake.