What are you committed to? What do you love? Which cause can you not imagine life without? Could you honestly say that you’d sacrifice your life for that cause? Where is your heart, and, more importantly, why is it there?
My heart is in reproductive justice. Why is it there? Because I love people. I love helping people. I love knowing that, if I have a daughter, she will be closer to complete freedom than she would without reproductive rights. I love the fact that I’m on the side that is trying to ensure that less women die, and that more women have control over their own lives.
My heart is in reproductive justice because I hate seeing women die. I hate hearing about situations where women are desperate to get abortions, but they can’t afford it or it’s illegal, so they end up killing or maiming themselves by taking the matter into their own hands. I hate the fact that many women and girls feel trapped when they become pregnant. I hate watching doctors die. I hate reading about how many of them have to wear bullet proof vests to work, and about how they receive death threats every day. I mourn over the lives that have been lost to the anti-choice movement.
Anti-choicers constantly try to smear me. They tell me that I’m in it for the money, or that I just want to hurt women. They tell me that I just want to kill “babies”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This isn’t about politics for me, nor is it about money, nor is it about hating fetuses. It’s about life. It’s about my 5 year old cousin, it’s about my mom, it’s about my future daughters, it’s about my friends, it’s about my aunts, it’s about the girl that sits behind me in class, it’s about complete strangers, it’s even about anti-choice women. It’s about people. And I will never, ever, ever give this up. I can’t imagine life without this.