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June 24, 2022: Roe Versus Wade

The news this morning, that Roe v. Wade had been overturned, was not unexpected. Hearing this was like a bad dream. I came inside after doing the chores and Pete, very loudly said, “Roe v Wade has been overturned.” What he said and how he said it was very abrupt. I am never going to forget it.

I of course am angry and feeling very alone. I live with a guy. He might be able to empathize some, but it was not his right that was taken away. So he has no reason to be, as I am, outraged by this decision.

I said all this to my health care provider this morning. I know that as my primary care physician that she’s not supposed to put forth her own views on the subject.

And she may have been for the supreme court ban. After all, there was a photo of her newborn granddaughter on the nearby computer screen. You just never know. Her response to my statement was that there isn’t anything that we can do about this. I’m not sure I agree. We can continue to vote in a responsible fashion. She also said that the pendulum will swing back to left. This I believe.

Pete’s one comment was that there will be protests. My unspoken response was, why are these protests going to take place after the fact? Shouldn’t they have been taking place when it was leaked that the Supreme Court was going to vote to ban total abortions in half the states in the U.S? The protests now will be after the fact.

I joined protests in Milwaukee in the 1990s, when I was going to school there. My graduate student friends were of course all pro-choice. I suspect that if now the pros and the antis line opposing sides of the street, that I’ll see acquaintances on the far side, and at the same time, they’d see me. Will the friendships survive? I suspect not.

Come election time, that heads are going to roll. This just can’t be. Men should not be allowed to legislate women’s morality.

I have heard some say that they are Republicans because they want less government intervention. I am wondering if these same individuals feel this way about this issue; this because government intervention is the problem. Whether or not a woman gets an abortion should be her own decision.

In the meantime, I’ll just have to find like-minded woman to talk to about this. The women I know in this state who are pro-life are going to remain silent, so there is not going to be any value exchanges with them. Still, I am going to have to seek out those who think similarly and converse with them.

I am never going to have another abortion because the odds of my becoming pregnant are non-existent. However, I will continue to support the rights of those women who are childbearing age. Of this, I am sure.

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