Today is NARAL Pro-Choice America’s fifth annual “Blog for Choice Day” in honor of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year’s blogging topic is the question “What does Trust Women mean to you?”
As background, “Trust Women” is a phrase that Dr. Tiller, an abortion provider that was killed last year, used to wear on a button. He was a controversial figure because he was one of the few doctors in the country to perform late-term abortions, and was shot by an an anti-choice extremist. This year’s “Blog for Choice Day” is in his honor.
And now to answer the question: what does it mean to me? “Trust Women” means that women need the right to be able to choose what is right for them in terms of abortion, and that even people who personally would not choose an abortion for themselves should allow others the right to make their own personal choice. It means believing that even in a fragile and vulnerable point in their lives, women are capable of making right decisions and coping with wrong ones.
But trusting women extends beyond abortion. It means society standing back and believing that left to their own devices, women can and will succeed. It means believing that women can find a balance between motherhood and the workplace, that women do not need “sensitized” work environments or social media. It means allowing women to choose whether to pray behind or without a mechitza, to wear skirts or to wear pants, to choose a denomination for themselves. Trusting women means believing that women can and will stand up for themselves, if given an opportunity to do so. And while society as a whole should try and give women these opportunities, women must take it upon ourselves to demand them.
Dr. Tiller trusted women enough to allow them to make their own choices. What does “Trust Women” mean to you?