Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Trust women

I am participating in the
 Slice of Life.  
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, 
on Tuesdays.

A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect!!

I've been frustrated by the ugliness and extremism of the abortion fight in recent months - especially the repressive laws that are now being passed. Abortion is never an easy choice for women. It is heart-wrenching and personal, and it should be safe and private. I've been trying to think of pithy retorts...though I lack the quickness that is so essential in this rapid-fire, catchy sound bite, tweet-driven world we live in. I wanted to reduce my thinking to two-word phrases - and what emerges is almost a poem:

Love babies
Trust women
Support families
Whole lives
Healthy communities
Think deeply
Encourage caring
Trust women
Respect doctors
Promote research
Improve medicine
Tolerate gray
Eliminate absolutes
Trust women
Stop polarization
Listen lovingly
Engage others
Consider perspectives
Prayerfully contemplate
Trust women
Thoughtful decisions
Allow privacy
Compassionate laws
Abortion rights
Love babies
Trust women


  1. Your poem sums up the complexity of this issue. I am glad I never had to make the decision and I agree that this is an area where gray overtakes.

  2. Your post echos my thinking, but I ask men what part of their personal autonomy they want to concede to women. I also ask the anti-abortion crowd if they own stock in the wire hanger industry. Many don’t get the point of that retort. They don’t know what women did before Roe.