No, I don’t Like Writing About Abortion
If you take a gander at my home page right now, you’ll notice there are a lot of stories there about abortion. This is not because I love writing about abortion. It’s not even because I volunteer for the Kansas Abortion Fund.
I don’t mind writing about abortion. I’m happy to educate people on the facts about abortion in the US, which happens to be highly regulated, despite the bloody fairy tales forced birthers like to tell about the procedure.
But the truth is not many people want to read about abortion. It’s not a subject that’s generally a driver of a lot of reads on Medium or anywhere else for that matter. Why? Because people don’t even want to think about abortion, let alone talk about it or read about it.
I would LOVE to go back to not talking or writing about abortion, but I can’t, because conservatives keep trying to take it away. In fact, if you’d asked me ten years ago if I’d ever volunteer for an abortion fund I’d probably have laughed in your face. I wasn’t ever an activist. Honestly, I thought it was kind of hippy shit. Now, of course, I realize a whole lot of people worked their asses off behind the scenes for years and years in this country to make sure I could enjoy lots of rights I took for granted, and I owe them a lot.
But when trump was elected, that’s when I became scared. For the first time in my life, it seemed as though Americans had gone completely off the rails, and I could see the angry, white, uneducated masses going for people’s rights. (I’ve come to learn we’ve always been off the rails as a country, but being white, I was able to ignore a lot of it. I sure as hell know better, now.) Many of us understood when trump was elected that conservatives would take advantage of trump’s arrogance and willingness to break the law to gain back political ground they perceive to have lost, by whatever means necessary. (Funny how they equate expanding rights to others as cutting into their own, even though that’s not even remotely true, but I digress.)
That’s when I decided I was going to start volunteering for an abortion fund — when the country decided to vote a dumb, racist asshole with a penis into the Oval Office over an incredibly…