I’m still processing the fact that Roe v Wade was overturned yesterday by the US Supreme Court. No, I’m not surprised–we did have fair warning after all– just processing everything. I’m going to “write it out” as I figure out what to do next, if you will, and you should too. It’s time to channel anger into practical and formidable action. And writing offers the best medium in which to do this.
Have a lot of feelings right now? Write it out.
Even if you don’t write for a living, you should still write about your thoughts and feelings regarding the reversal of Roe v Wade, right now. Take a moment to breathe and gather your thoughts and feelings.
I’m choosing to write about what I’m feeling regarding the decision to overturn Roe v Wade right now because it allows me to channel my rage and the overwhelming sense of betrayal I feel–into thoughts that will help me focus on the actions I will take. It allows me to better articulate what I’m thinking and feeling, at the same time. Without lashing out. And without reflexively joining the loud and violent chaos online right now, in a knee-jerk fashion. I don’t want to simply join the clamor and vitriol online right now before I fully understand how to articulate and express what I’m thinking and feeling. I mean, I get the gist of what I’m feeling. But what am I supposed to do now? That’s what matters. Anger is only helpful if it’s ultimately channeled into persistent and deliberate action.
Writing prompts to help you write it out
Here are some writing prompts that might help you better understand, articulate, and express what you’re thinking and feeling right now.
- Write a journal entry in which you unleash your feelings and thoughts, in a stream-of-consciousness style, for five minutes straight, without stopping. Do not edit yourself. Let it all out.
- Write about what you want to do right now about what you’re feeling and what you personally can do. Only write in the present tense.
- Write a short story that involves a character who needs an abortion and what this looks like from a realistic, human perspective. Use your own experiences if you want.
- Write about and envision a world in which women have rights over their own healthcare choices. This can be fiction or nonfiction.
READ- Information regarding Roe v Wade and what to do now
You don’t necessarily need to be a lawyer or be in the front of a picket line every day to do something that has a significant impact right now. After you write it out, and better articulate what you’re feeling and thinking, take action. Writing is a form of action too, by the way– “writing” is a verb, after all!
- 5 ways overturning Roe v. Wade could help pro-choicers. Daily Drafts & Dialogues
- 10 Abortion Rights Organizations Accepting Donations to Support Their Fight. Marie Claire
- Abortion laws by state: Where abortions are illegal after Roe v. Wade overturned. Politico
- A Thurgood Marshall opinion offers another path to secure legal abortion. The Washington Post
- Roe v. Wade Overturned: 6 Ways You Can Take Action Right Now for Abortion Rights. Global Citizen
- Stories About Women Who Changed The World. Penguin Random House
- 50 Inspirational Books All Women Should Read in Their Lifetime. Woman’s Day