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Do not lose heart. We were made for these times.

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I’ll be honest. I expected it to be something of a “victory lap”. A symbolic display of fireworks in celebration of a war that was long past its climactic battles.

I serve on the board of my local Planned Parenthood affiliate and I was thrilled at the prospect of forming a group of donors who would contribute AND PUBLICLY declare their support for reproductive rights. It was the public declaration that had me so excited.

I thought the real enemy was stigma, antiquated ideas that few people even subscribed to any more– a “last gasp” of the Christian Patriarchy. I thought the list would be a triumphant opportunity to be fully “out” in our support, that we’d be delivering a final rebuke to small minds and rigid dogma. It seemed like a great opportunity to network, to start marshaling energy toward a broader social justice agenda….

And then the election happened.

Like many of the people I know, the outcome and its aftermath has been a cocktail of horror, disbelief, and intense anxiety. I realize my relative privilege will shield me from the worst of it but I have spent a lot of time despairing these days.

Yesterday the list was published. A full page of names. Mine alongside more than one hundred seventy other accomplished, committed, endlessly impressive women. And now it seems so much more like a revolutionary act, a digging in of my heels. I feel as if things have shifted a little.  My life is organizing itself around a new reality and my role in it is very clear.

I am part of something big.

This fight is for my lifetime.

We are so much stronger than anyone has imagined.

They have a WHAT?!?!

The Catholic Church at the United Nations: Church or State

Readers of my blog, and those who know me personally are aware that I am wary of any religious participation in the public square  – I keep a wary watch for it “like a hemophiliac with one eye on the knife drawer”.  When I casually came across the fact that the Vatican actually holds a seat in the United Nations, the only religious viewpoint to do so, I was shocked and appalled.  According to this report from Catholics for Choice (an excellent organization I recommend you check out), UN records indicated the Vatican uses  that role frequently to speak out against reproductive rights, access to contraception, and human rights for the LGBT community.  I can’t believe I didn’t know this before!  I am really not Ok with this.  Are you?

http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/campaigns/SeeChangeCampaign.asp