It Was Never About Saving Babies. It Was Always About Motherhood.

There is perhaps no better (or eerier) reminder of the insidious, underlying idea that women are destined to be mothers than the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill RBG’s spot on the Supreme Court.

Barrett is not “the new face of feminism”; this is a repackaged misogyny guised behind a smiling mother—a mother that values this identity so much, she wants to create a world where giving birth is no longer a choice, but a legal mandate.

No More Coat Hangers

Before Roe v. Wade, an uncounted army of women dedicated ourselves to helping our sisters make decisions and take action about their unwanted pregnancies and other reproductive issues. We listened to their stories, counseled them about options and helped them find the services they needed. We often accompanied them to appointments and procedures.

We Will Not Go Back

A popular medical dictionary defines disease as “literally, a lack of ease” and venereal disease as one “usually acquired through sexual intercourse.” It is apparent that unwanted pregnancy is therefore a very common venereal disease. It is associated with immense physical, mental, social and economic suffering—and in seeking to be cured, women throughout history have risked pain, mutilation and death in numbers that stagger the imagination.