In light of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, our community shares resources and stories in support of abortion rights.
Women, trans and gender expansive lives are at stake as our fundamental right to control our own bodies continues to be threatened and removed. The Supreme Court decision is a deepening of America’s crisis of inequitable health care including the highest maternal mortality rate in decades—disproportionately felt by Black and Brown communities, low income households and rural communities that have already endured the traumatic impacts of systemic discrimination over generations. Girls Write Now is committed to serving the whole writer including each other’s social-emotional, physical, and mental health in the best way that we can using our unique model and community. At moments like these, elevating our voices holds intensely personal meaning while it also has the power to create change where it is needed most.MAYA NUSSBAUM, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The stories presented here show how Girls Write Now community members are embracing the personal as well as the political and creating the foundations for meaningful activism with their writing.
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Mentee Ilana Drake is a first year college student who has written extensively about gender equality and political upheaval in her work for Girls Write Now and beyond. From her graphic design series “You Need to Listen” to her article for Ms. Magazine on sexual assault at college campuses, she explores the many facets of gender oppression in her own life and in her community, including recent attacks on abortion rights in the United States.
Recently, she has raised her voice against an abortion ban currently being considered in Tennessee where she attends college. She was quoted in Teen Vogue saying, “I’m afraid of how that’s (the ban’s) going to impact my peers, how that will impact people on my college campus, and how it will impact every citizen of Tennessee.”
Mentor Jordan Gass-Poore’ is an investigative journalist and podcast producer whose writing has appeared in NPR, the Guardian and The Times.
In 2015, she interviewed Sarah Weddington, the Texas lawyer who, at 27 years old, became the youngest person to ever win a Supreme Court case when the court ruled 7-2 in her favor in Roe v. Wade. She told Jordan, “I don’t think they’re ever gonna overturn Roe.” In light of the recent decision, this interview offers chilling insight into the efforts by state legislatures to weaken abortion rights over the decades since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.
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Roxane Gay is arguably the most influential feminist writer of our times with a dazzling body of work that spans essays, a memoir, a comic book, a novel, a newsletter, a podcast and viral Tweets. She is also a champion and friend of Girls Write Now. Roxane most recently inspired our community during an Earth Day conversation on our Twitter Space about the role of writing in environmental activism.
She has written passionately about bodily autonomy and penned an opinion piece for the New York Times about the leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.
“Whoever leaked it wanted people to understand the fate awaiting us,” she writes. “At least, that is what I am telling myself. And thank God somebody did, so we know. So we can prepare. So we can rage.”
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Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the essay collection “Trick Mirror.” Previously, she was the deputy editor of Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. In 2020, Jia spoke to our class of graduating mentees about feeling “this dazzle and anger and urgency… that comes from revolution and change.”
In her most recent article for The New Yorker, Jia laid out the consequences of Roe v. Wade being overturned and the “widespread criminalization of pregnancy” that will follow.
“We are not going back to the pre-Roe era, and we should not want to go back to the era that succeeded it, which was less bitter than the present but was never good enough. We should demand more, and we will have to.”
- Abortion 101 from WeTestify
- New York Abortion Access Fund
- Abortion Funds That Support Southern States from Scalawag
- Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s Programs for Teens
- How To Protect Yourself Online While Planning An Abortion, BuzzFeed News
- The Southern Guide to Abortion Rights Post-Roe, Reckon
Stories and Articles
- An Interview With My Mom About Her Abortion, Mother Jones
- The Threat of a Post-Roe America Is Already Changing How Women Get Abortions, Mother Jones
- 5 People Share Why Their Abortion Was Beautiful, Rewire News
- ‘Transgender And Non-Binary People Like Me Get Pregnant And Have Abortions Too’, Women’s Health
- What The Green Scarf Means In The Fight For Reproductive Rights, Refinery 29
- Debunking Key Anti-Choice Narratives and Seizing the Conversation in the Wake of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Draft Opinion Leak from NARAL Pro-Choice America