The holidays are right around the corner…which means the inevitable awkward or heated conversations about current events are also looming just over the horizon.
Given our current political climate, abortion rights are bound to come up, and anti-choice family and friends may try to engage you in potentially emotional or angry debates. In the aftermath of the 2016 elections, these conversations are trickier than ever.
Throughout his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to elect Justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade and punish women for having abortions. Trump appointed Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist, whose right wing media website compared Planned Parenthood’s work to the Holocaust. His nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood, saying its clinics have been involved in “barbaric” abortion practices. And if Jeff Sessions is confirmed as attorney general, the Department of Justice won’t do anything to defend reproductive rights.
So, now more than ever, it is crucial that we be advocates for reproductive health, rights and justice. One of the best ways to be an advocate in your community is to have proactive discussions about why you support access to reproductive healthcare with your family and friends.
Engaging with your Trump-supporting peers and family may seem like an impossible task, but it is essential to change the debate about abortion and protect women’s rights. Check out some tips for conversing with your friends and relatives in our Ultimate Guide to Talking Repro Rights over the Holidays!