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This Ball is Ours

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“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No Woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

~ Margaret Sanger

I’ve heard when you’re a business owner you shouldn’t get political.  Not good for business, right?  Well, remaining silent about issues that are important outweighs the potential loss of business for me.  My values cost more than currency and the recent attacks on a woman’s right to choose through the illegal and Draconian laws that certain states have passed as a strategy to challenge Roe v. Wade in the U.S. Supreme Court are extremely concerning.  This is nothing short of a war against women.   Those who passed these laws claim that they are protecting life, yet they have no concern for the quality of life. These mostly white, male Republicans who are deciding the fate of women’s lives also want to cut social programs that help feed and house and educate our children.  If you have a little zygote growing inside you they want to be all up in your business to make sure that a baby is the end product but oh, you now have medical bills you can’t pay?…you’re on your own. You need food stamps?…you lazy mooch.  If you miscarry, you must prove it was an act of God and not something the mother did otherwise it could be considered second-degree murder and punishable by up to 30 years in prison.  WTF,  Georgia?! I don’t think men even realize how common miscarriages are.  They claim “pro-life,” but Texas is debating a bill that would punish abortion with the death penalty!  If you end up as a single mom unable to work, because now you have a baby, you’re uneducated or you’re only an 11 years old pregnant victim of rape, (that’s right Ohio, I see you‼!), where are those faithful warriors of God who claim they care about life? Alabama state Rep. Terri Collins, who sponsored the country’s most restrictive abortion law that passed earlier this month, was on record saying, “this bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection.” If an unborn baby is a person isn’t also an immigrant child escaping poverty and violence? Do they not deserve our love and protection? If they care about life, I say, house the homeless, adopt a foster child, allow a family escaping poverty and violence to seek asylum in the U.S., expand the welfare program, provide free Medicare for all, actually do something about the living children who go hungry, suffer and die every day in this country rather than pretend you give shit.  There are only four women in the Alabama senate. When Senator Linda Coleman-Madison tried to add an amendment to the abortion bill that would provide free prenatal and medical care for the mother, it was struck down. All 25 Senators who voted to pass the abortion bill were men! This isn’t about life, it’s about controlling women.

 “Take the Ball and Run” was painted during the 2018 election season to invoke that kick-ass girl power this world so desperately needs.  After defeat in the Kavanaugh hearing and the #metoo movement in full swing, it felt like the only hope for this country was to change the government.  The whole old, rich, white dude status quo was failing us again and again.  Government representation that reflects the population of this country is desperately needed.  Period.  That means more women and people of color in Congress.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was just one of the courageous leaders who inspired this painting.  But women are still the underdog and we can’t let go of the fight now.  We can’t remain silent in the face of injustice.  The battle has begun and I refuse to return to 19th century America. Let’s be clear. No one is “pro” abortion. Abortion is invasive, painful and bloody and when illegal it becomes deadly. Women deserve the right to choose if and when they become a mother. Restricting that choice will not stop abortions it will only stop SAFE abortions. Education and access to free sexual health care must be at the top of the agenda for reducing abortions in this country. The criminalization of even basic contraceptives that some states are pushing for is insanity.  The future is now and this ball is ours! With the U.S. Supreme Court now slanted to the conservative right, this is a fight that needs all of us to speak out. If you have a voice I implore you to use it, the cost of silence is too great.