This Roe anniversary, we’re honoring and reflecting on Roe by answering the question: At forty years old, what does Roe mean for API women?
“NOT IN MY SHOES!” One thing we’re doing is collecting shoe photos and quotes from the NAPAWF community to say that politicians should not be making decisions about our reproductive health because they don’t know the circumstances of our lives– they’re not in our shoes! Here are some of the submissions we’ve received:
“I love living in America: the land of opportunity, freedom and choices. As an Asian American woman, my feet aren’t bound and I have so many options to wear what I want. It means I have the freedom to make decisions about my own body, which includes believing in pro-choice options and advocating for reproductive justice. That’s why I’m proud to celebrate the anniversary of Roe vs Wade. That’s why I’m proud to be an American.”
Linda Le, San Diego
Shivana, Washington DC
As a living kidney donor, I personally understand the tough decisions we have to make sometimes about our own health and our own bodies. While I strongly feel these are personal decisions, I do believe that we do have a role as human beings to lend our support and understanding to those that must make these choices.
Tiffany, San Diego
For me, Roe v. Wade is about so much more than the right to have an abortion. It’s about the right to pursue a full, free, and healthy life. The decision of if and when to have a child comes with tremendous responsibility and repercussions—all of which a woman must live with. It’s one of the most important decisions she can make in life. Therefore, for me, Roe v. Wade is about ensuring a woman’s right to her body, her life, and her destiny! – Anonymous, D.C.
Abortion should be a legal and legitimate procedure when the circumstances call for it; those circumstances are at the discretion of the woman first; secondarily her physician. Abortion is a surgical procedure that comes with risks even in the best of circumstances, making it illegal and not covering the cost for at risk populations exposes the poor woman to risks including death. I am also in favor of funding education and awareness programs, and making available free birth control to at risk populations to help reduce unwanted pregnancies, thus the need for this surgery.
The first step in breaking taboos in the API community about reproductive justice is talking about it. We need to share OUR stories, OUR experiences, and OUR struggles. We need to work to create the space for the API community to see that this movement belongs to us as well as other communities of color.
Additionally, it’s important to show the world that these issues belong to API millennials just as much as those who have been in the movement longer — that these issues are pertinent, significant, and are continuing to live with API women’s experiences day-to-day – no matter the age or generation.
Telling our stories is the first step, taking action is the next.