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Why the Roe vs. Wade issue is uncomfortable, dividing and must be talked about (Part 1)

Below are the links from Episode 52 on the Create the Ripple Podcast. **** Trigger Warning.


This is a Tell the Truth personal podcast that might be triggering for some.


Saturday, January 22nd marked the 49th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling. That landmark moment is now being threatened as the political landscape has changed in the last few years. Now, in this podcast I am endeavoring to NOT go into the political or the religious beliefs around this that are so polarizing; but rather to ask my listeners to pull themselves away from the single abortion issue to the grander women empowerment and equality issue.

I share some uncomfortable statistics, and honestly, I think those are the tip of the iceberg and there are many more ways women are paying the price financially, physically, mentally and emotionally when they are forced to carry to term children that men refuse to acknowledge or support. I am surprised at how well men have pitted women against each other for centuries and we seem to keep falling back into the trap where we argue against each other as women for different views, while we fail to see the bigger issue. The way the guy "penetrates the scared" and then seems to slip away. What a tax on the system when it's the single women who are raising the children, while the men refuse to pay fair child support; using their words and their money to scare them, to financially abuse them - while other men wouldn't want to "date a single mom". The shame continues and increases.

While the women are threatened with punishment for even considering an abortion, and the men who fathered those children are "celebrated" for "sowing their seeds". White conservative men of privilege who still, in the awakened world of 2022, want to somehow control the reproductive rights of women. There is a worldwide gaslighting campaign going on ladies. Enough is enough.

It's time to wake up and rise up.


“We know that we are, as women are rising, but we have to be doing a better job. I think of rising together.” - Candice Smiley


“We have to be doing a better job of being willing to powerfully, compassionately and beautifully set aside our differences, holding our values lightly. Not letting go of our own personal integrity and standing in our own power. Speaking our truth.” - Candice Smiley





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Mentioned in the episode:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3755/text




https://people.com/health/this-weekend-might-be-the-last-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade/


“And the people who are most impacted by these abortion restrictions and bans are people of color, low-income individuals, young people and LGBTQ individuals — people who are already burdened with insufficient access to healthcare."



What’s at stake:

https://www.aclu.org/issues/womens-rights


https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/26/sarah-weddington-attorney-who-won-roe-v-wade-abortion-case-dies-aged-76



https://www.oyez.org/cases/1971/70-18

(Roe vs. Wade)


https://amp.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/dec/22/saving-roe-v-wade-is-not-just-a-us-battle-but-one-for-women-across-the-americas


https://www.aclu.org/cases/doe-v-gwinnett-county-school-district


Abortion Resources:

https://womenshealthclinic.org/what-we-do/abortion/abortion-resources/

https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/facts/abortion/abortion-resources/

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion

https://www.actioncanadashr.org/resources/factsheets-guidelines/2019-09-19-access-glance-abortion-services-canada

https://www.arcc-cdac.ca/clinics/



Me Too Movement:

https://metoomvmt.org/

https://canadianwomen.org/the-facts/the-metoo-movement-in-canada/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/08/metoo-around-the-world/

Create the Ripple Podcast (Randy King Episode):

https://www.candicesmiley.com/episode-011