These words in the Declaration of Independence that are engrained in all of us. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” These are our inalienable rights.
The draft release of the Supreme Court decision targeting a women’s right to choose is an assault on all of us. Each of us, all of us, possess the inalienable right to make choices concerning our well being every single day. None is as sacred as a single woman, or couple to make the choices that affect their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
It seems like yesterday but my mom had an abortion. She married young, gave birth to my sister and I in the first four years and then got pregnant again. It was 1965 and she had to fly to Puerto Rico to get an abortion. Later on she had my brother and another pregnancy. But it was a few years later and she was able to have that procedure at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. It was the early 70’s and she was able to get that abortion in America. My dad drove us to the hospital and my mom waved to us from the hospital window. The decisions my parents made together were based on choice.
A women’s right to choose is a man’s right too. Couples who share in these decisions deserve the right to determine how to bring up a family.
While women control their bodies, along with trans men, their partners share in the decisions. In many cases these are joint decisions. Every one of us knows someone who had an abortion. Every one of us needs to respect a woman’s right to choice.
This discussion makes me wonder why Roe v Wade is not settled law. Democrats control all three branches of government. Why was Joe Biden’s number one item the first day to codify the freedom of choice as law? Why didn’t our City Council make it’s first order of business a request to the White House to codify Roe v Wade into law?
The right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is not a Democratic, or Republican, or Independent, or Green Party issue. Ir is the foundation of our Democracy. If the court does rule against Roe and takes away a right that has been the law of the land for 50 years whats next? ‘Gay marriage”‘ ‘A women’s right to vote’. ‘Inter-racial marriage’?
I reached out to our City Councilmember Dr. John Erickson. John’s day job is the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles. Abortion rights is one issue both John and I are passionate about.
John is Planned Parenthood only for woman? and he answered No. Are there services for Trans men who are child bearing,?- and he answered Yes, they have trans related services and do gender affirming care.
How bout a quote John? Whats the context he asked? “A woman’s right to choose is an inalienable right for all Americans is the title.” I woke up to John’s email and decided to add John as the co-author to this piece. We are in this fight together with all of you.
“The right to safe and legal abortion is an inalienable right that I, and so many people, grew up with and those that fought for prior to 1973. Knowing that an individual has full autonomy to say what happens to their body is critical and to think that we could soon live in a world where that is not the case is horrifying. I want to be really clear that right now, abortion is still legal and if you need to access it, there are resources available. However, what we need to do is ensure that we stand up, fight back, and take to the streets to demand that what happens today will not happen in the future.”
“The link between the right to privacy etched in Roe v. Wade is tied to so many other fundamental rights that LGBTQ community members, both here in West Hollywood and across the United States, hold dearly. If you’ve had the opportunity to read the leaked draft opinion, one thing is very clear: once they’re down overruling Roe and Casey, they’re coming for other items such as the right to consensual sex between gay men in Lawrence v. Texas and the right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges.”“One thing I can promise you is that the City of West Hollywood, our leaders, businesses, community members, and those that live, work, and play here will fight like hell to ensure that no matter what, people know that West Hollywood will always stand up for them and be the place that fights for their rights both in the battles today and in the ones to come. We have to get out and vote like hell because our lives and rights depend on it. We took to the streets before and we’ll keep doing it again and again until everyone has full equality. Onward.”
Thank you John, UNITED WE STAND.