Friday was devastating. The ruling was a direct assault on the health, freedom, and liberties of millions. If you think the ruling doesn’t affect you, you’re really not paying attention. And if you think anyone wants to kill babies, you haven’t been listening.
If you are a woman or have a woman in your life that you love, I’m so, so sorry. You woke up with less freedom than you went to sleep with. There’s a very real threat to your well-being that didn’t exist the day before. A punch to the gut, slap in the face, pick your metaphor. What happened Friday is categorically unjust and unfair.
There are plenty of people pledging to fight, asking for your vote, promising to leave the country, and a hundred other reactions. I don’t know what right answer is. I don’t know how much hope I have that anything will get better any time soon.
I do know that if you’re devasted by the ruling, you’re not alone. If you’re feeling attacked, you’re not alone. If you’re reeling, confused, afraid, you are not alone. If you’re distracted, depressed, if you’re dealing with feelings of hopelessness, you are not alone.
There will be time to take action, and I think that time will be different for everyone. But there should also be time to process.
If you need time to disconnect or disengage, I hope that you’re able to take it. For whatever it’s worth, you have my permission to prioritize yourself. Tomorrow can be about the fight but today can be about you.