"Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now,
but after a time it will. It will become ordinary."
- Margaret Atwood,
The Handmaid's Tale
When the nation elected Donald Trump to the United States' highest executive office on November 8, we elected a new normal. We elected violence. We elected bigotry. We elected a President who, in no uncertain terms, has promised to roll back the status of all American women - even those who voted for him - from human, to something less-than.
Last March, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked the President Elect, "
Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle?" Mr. Trump's answer left no room for misinterpretation: "The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment."
Then, when answering questions about Trump's possible Supreme Court nominees the following July, Vice President Elect Mike Pence said, "We'll see
Roe vs. Wade
consigned to the ash heap of history, where it belongs."
Each woman's right to choose if, when, how, and with whom she will have children has been under attack both long before and ever since the US Supreme Court's ruling in
Roe v. Wade
. But after that 1973 decision, some states scrambled to enact total bans on abortion. Though they remained enforceable so long as the Supreme Court's ruling prevailed, these laws can and will go into effect as soon as
Roe v. Wade
is overturned. If that happens, the consequences will be dire, and women will die from illegal and unsafe abortions again, and we do know this:
It will include Iowan women.
We cannot let ourselves get used to the misogynistic engine driving the policy choices of our next president and the elected officials who stand with him. We cannot let a reckless disregard for women's health and lives become ordinary.
As a result of the election, now, more than ever, we need your support. In doing so, we ask you to help preserve the humanity, health, and dignity of the clients we serve. As always, your support at any level is greatly appreciated. But today, we ask you to consider a donation of $600, the cost of one woman's abortion.
These donations are more than symbolic. For the first time in almost half a century, they could be a matter of life or death.