What a week!
Those of you affected by Hurricane Ida and her remnants: I hope you’re safe and the effects weren’t too damaging. We’ve been upstate at an AirBnb on vacation (that’s where the photo above is from) and we were supposed to return home yesterday, but all the train lines were out of service because tracks were so badly damaged from the storm, we don’t have a car, and we worried that even if we rented one, some roads would still be flooded or closed off—-and so we stayed an extra night. Sadly, we had to check out of our lovely AirBnB since new guests were arriving, but we were able to get a hotel room in town. The trains are still down today – at least the line we need to get back into the city – but we’re getting a car and hoping for the best. Anyway, seeing how much damage was done across many states, I know we’re among the lucky ones.
I tried to avoid the news this week while on vacation, but of course, I couldn’t escape the the headlines about Texas, and I’m sick about it. As you probably know by now, on Wednesday, it became illegal in Texas to get an abortion after six weeks, which is about two weeks after a missed period (and earlier than most women even know they’re pregnant, especially if they aren’t actively trying to get pregnant). The law went into effect when the Supreme Court refused to block it. It does not make exceptions for rape or incest victims, and it allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone they suspect of helping someone to get an abortion, including even driving said person to her appointment.
The cruelty, the misogyny, the racism, the classism – all of it… it’s just so hard to even comprehend, even if it wasn’t a surprise. We all knew this would happen when RBG died and Trump got to appoint three Supreme Court justices. We knew it was all leading to Roe V. Wade getting overturned and we are well on our way now. How are you feeling about it? If you’re looking for ways to channel your rage and sadness, here are organizations that could use your help:
And some other related and unrelated links:
“In effect, the Texas Legislature has deputized the State’s citizens as bounty hunters, offering them cash prizes for civilly prosecuting their neighbors’ medical procedures … Taken together, the Act is a breathtaking act of defiance—of the Constitution, of this Court’s precedents, and of the rights of women seeking abortions throughout Texas … Today, the Court finally tells the Nation that it declined to act because, in short, the State’s gambit worked. … It cannot be the case that a State can evade federal judicial scrutiny by outsourcing the enforcement of unconstitutional laws to its citizenry.”
Attention, Sally Rooney fans: she’s got a new book out and it “Tries To Find Meaning In An Increasingly Troubled World”
In case you’re experiencing long wait times for things that used to arrive quickly and you don’t know what’s going on: The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.