Hello, all! My name is Ali and I will be posting here, starting next week. I’d like to thank the wonderful Cara, KaeLyn, and Erin for this opportunity. You guys rock and roll!
A little about me:
I’m 33 and live in
This is my first time blogging, so I’m very excited! To explain a bit about what inspired me to action (and at the risk of committing literary tackiness and laziness) I’d like to heavily quote myself. From a “Why I Volunteer” piece that I wrote for Planned Parenthood’s fall, 2007 Informed Choice newsletter:
I was born in 1974, one year after Roe V. Wade. I was raised pro-choice by a pro-choice mother. For the majority of my life, abortion rights were assumed. […] Reproductive rights didn’t need to be talked about, they didn’t need to be fought for, they just. . .were.
For 31 years, I coasted along, secure in my assumption of basic human rights. Sure, every now and then some anti-choice activity or political move would make the news, but I wasn’t worried. I admit it; I was complacent.
In early 2006, I received my wakeup call. I stumbled across an online article about a proposed abortion ban in
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I had a difficult time processing the fact that, in this country, in 2006, a law so extreme and barbaric was being seriously considered. After I pulled myself together, I did some searching online for more information on the bill and surrounding issues. My search led me to many political and feminist blogs.
I was consumed by the information I found. Article after article detailed the assault being made on reproductive rights all across the country. I was sickened and terrified. Slowly but surely, I realized that the rights and freedoms I had always taken for granted were being seriously threatened. I realized that there is indeed a need to think about reproductive rights. To talk about them. To fight for them.
And that pretty much brings us up to speed. I hope that some of you will be inspired to talk and fight, as well.