On Wednesday afternoon, Alabama signed into law legislation that effectively outlaws all abortions in the state.
We are outraged, horrified, terrified.
In lieu of our regular Friday afternoon “Things We Slacked,” we thought it important to take this opportunity to shed light on the absurdity of this moment for women in America.
Yesterday, Garance posted on Instagram, sharing her own thoughts. She also brought to our attention the story of The Manifesto of the 343 Sluts– in France in 1971, a group of 343 radical women signed their names in public admittance of their abortions. The text was written by the amazing Simone de Beauvoir and signed by more amazing women, such as Sonia Rykiel and Marguerite Duras. Below are some words Garance picked out to share:
“The complexity of the emotions linked to the fight for abortion precisely indicate our difficulty in being, the pain that we have in persuading ourselves that it is worth the trouble of fighting for ourselves…. Immediately ceasing to be ashamed of your body, being free and proud in your body just as everyone up until now, who has had full use of it; no longer being ashamed of being a woman.”
We staunchly believe that a woman’s right to choose and make autonomous decisions regarding our own bodies is an imperative human right.
The most important thing we can do is to raise our voices! But, beyond that, we must also support the amazing grassroots organizers, lawyers, and activists who are fighting the front-lines of these national issues.
If you’d like to help, check out these awesome organizations: