If ever there was a time to push sex ed, the Supreme Court outlawing Roe vs. Wade is it
Parents, start talking about the Birds and the Bees earlier
Writer’s note: This post was originally published on Medium’s “We Need to Talk” on June 24, 2022.
At 40 years old, I fall right into the pool of geriatric pregnancy odds. Still, I am extremely pissed off by the Supreme Court (with GOP new Supreme Court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett largely responsible for this near-50-year-old law being overturned). After the “pro-lifers” overturned Roe vs. Wade after supporting Texas’ ban against abortions after six weeks, these questionable lifers also turned down New York’s gun law restricting carrying a concealed handgun outside of the home.
Imagine being the idiot who explains how states cannot be trusted to create their own gun laws that kill people of all ages while still claiming you care about life — just not the mother’s life who could die during childbirth (or be a victim of rape). I would not be surprised if they found a way to meddle in today’s news that the Senate passed a gun control package with a 65 to 33 vote, which included support from 15 Republicans.
My mind cannot handle the stupidity of it all, but when Senator Mitch “historic victory for the Constitution” McConnell (who ironically voted for the gun control package) pushed these two judges through during Donald Trump’s presidency, he knew they could help do damage for the long haul. The millisecond the late Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, we all knew what was coming.
So now it’s really up to parents (and teachers) to push sex education. There’s nothing else left because Congress and the Supreme Court is not on women’s (or men’s) side of mental health, physical health or financial health when it comes to parenthood. (Anti-abortion advocates love to talk about bringing babies into the world, but ask those same advocates how often they contribute funds to adoption agencies, domestic violence shelters, women’s health and wellness centers, or lower-income communities who get hit the hardest trying to juggle the 18-year expense of raising a child.)